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The Diva's Review of Book of Eli DVD

 

The Diva's review of
The Book of Eli DVD(2010)

 

Eli
Rated ; running time of 1 hour and 58 minutes
; running time of 1 hour and 30 minutes
Genre: Animation
Written by : Phil Gary Whitta
Directed by: The Hughes Brothers
Cast: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals
Theatrical Release Date: 01/15/10
DVD Release Date: 06/15/10



Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 47% - Rotten
data provided by the-numbers.com
Theatrical Performance
Total US Gross
$94,835,059
International Gross $50,823,111
Worldwide Gross $145,658,170


WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

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Eli (Denzel Washington) quietly walks a post apocalyptic Earth, a task he has assume for the past 30 years. He is heading West he is determine to deliver a book to someone on the west coast. At the beginning we are not told what is so important about this book. We eventually learn that there was a mass burning of books and the one that Eli has is the last known copy of this particular tome. Eventually we find out that the tome in question is the bible and Eli has from “On High” that he is to go to a place where God’s word can once again be shared with the world. After foe after foe is felled by his razor sharp sword, it is quite clear that Eli is anointed and nothing can get in his way. As he travels west he meets all kinds of characters, I think bandits is the more appropriate word. The world is almost like The Wild West of olden days, but the commodity to behold is water and the book that Eli is carrying. As Carnegie (Gary Oldman) (the leader of one area, surmises whomever every controls the religion, controls the people and he will stop at nothing to get his hands on the book. Even if it means killing his “step-daughter” Solara (Mila Kunis), who has decided to leave with Eli when Eli refuses to partner up with Carnegie. Eli has a greater mission and he is going to risk death and dismemberment in order to follow God’s Will. Will he succeed?

The Dish

I was really concerned about this movie when I found out it was a January release - a month in which films are foisted upon an unsuspecting movie-goer. I only had a little bit to worry about. I would say about the last 30 minutes of the movie when it completely fell apart. Up until that point, I was digging the whole “ Mad Max” meets ”The Postman” vibe I got from the movie. I enjoyed seeing Denzel command the screen in an action movie. He had a way with that sword and his familiar strut across a bleak landscape was even more pronounced and believable. Then they had to bring his trip to a close and the rushed through this part leaving unanswered questions and an unsatisfying ending. I recognize that the movie was nearly 2 hours and making it longer just doesn’t seem like a viable solution, but perhaps shaving a bit of the nonsense in the middle would have given more time to develop a proper ending.

The DVD

DVD Specs

Video: Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Film in 1080p HD resolution.

Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

French: Dolby Digital 5.1

Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Special Features

Combo Pack includes Blu-ray disc, DVD, and digital copy

Blu-ray exclusives:

Maximum Movie Mode (Picture-in-picture, focus points)

Focus Points

Featurette: "Starting Over"

Featurette: "Eli's Journey"

Featurette: "The Book of Eli Soundtrack"

Plus, additional scenes Animation: "A Lost Tale: Billy" BD-Live

Video: Given the post apocalyptic theme of this movie, a lot of it is shot in black, white, and brown hues. The DVD manages to maintain the stark atmosphere that was really present on the big screen. You can still almost feel the heat and despair of a destroyed landscape while watching the DVD. This was important to me. I was afraid that the DVD would mute this quality, but instead not only did it keep it, it seems sharper than it was on the big screen.

Audio: Because of certain aspects of the film that I won’t spoil for you, sound is very important. The sound on the dvd is crisper than it was in the theater, you can close your eyes and almost pick up the sound of a tumble weed. Very cool that the filmmakers went the extra mile for this.

Bonus Material: To get the most enjoyment from this DVD you need a Blu-Ray there are a few featurettes that are exclusive to that format . Favorite being “Starting Over” . Throughout the movie I wondered what exactly had happened to bring about the distruction and how the people began to rebuild. Half of this question was satisfied in “Starting Over”. There are a few deleted scenes that add another layer to the movie and are very interesting to watch.

The Directive

3BC Ratingsyellow light

 

The Book of Eli was missing a few chapters.


Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2010
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