Dec 222011
 

The Final Destination series still runs strong with a fresh film that might recapture some of the magic. The Blu-ray boasts impressive picture and audio but the amount of extras is, at best, weak. Fans will no doubt be buying this one up!

 

 

 


Final Destination 5 (2011)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

 

Genre(s): Horror, Thriller
Warner Bros. | R – 92 min. – $35.99 | December 27, 2011

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Steven Quale
Writer(s):
Jeffrey Reddick (characters), Eric Heisserer (screenplay)
Cast:
Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, David Koechner, Tony Todd

Theatrical Release Date: August 12, 2011

DISC INFO:
Features:
Featurettes, Alternate Death Scenes, UltraViolet Digital Copy, DVD Copy
Number of Discs:
2

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video:
1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles:
English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size:
NA
Codec:
MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s):
Region Free


THE MOVIE – 4.5/5

Over a decade later and Final Destination films are not only being made, but actually being shown in Theaters. While many films tend to make several sequels (and prequels), they typically start going direct to DVD around the fourth film (sometimes before). So when we got a few years break and The Final Destination hit, it was a surprise that it was released in theaters. While it did modest at the box office, who knew I’d be sitting down in a theater and watching the Fifth film? Wait, wasn’t the last film called Final? What is this, a Friday the 13th film?

Back and ready for round five in Final Destination 5, is a pretty excellent film. Every film so far has started out with a cool ‘intro death’, but I don’t think anything can top this films. A freaking bridge collapsing? Suh-sweet!

At this point, does anyone really care about the story? We are all in it to see people die in awesome, gruesome ways. Thankfully the films returned to its roots with the classic ‘mouse trap’ style deaths where something knocks over, which falls onto something else which drips some water…etc. But the cool thing here is the film deviates from the obvious kill a few times and goes a different direction. Just watching the gymnast scene gives me the shivers.

I won’t ruin the surprise here, but I caught on within the first 30 minutes or so. Just pay attention to what the characters do and use, and you might understand why the last film was called ‘Final’ and this one could feasibly be made.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5

This version includes a slip cover.

Circle of Death (6 Minutes) – More of a series ‘wrap up’, this should obviously be watched after you see this film as not to ruin the surprise.

Alternate Death Scenes (16 Minutes) – Padding. That’s all this feature is. We get two alternate deaths here, but this also includes everything that led up to it. So get back and be ready to watch the same death again… except for the last 10 seconds.

Visual Effects of Death (12 Minutes) is a feature that shows a before and after of the bridge scene.

For a limited time, this release includes a DVD Copy and an UltraViolet Digital Copy.


VIDEO – 4.5/5

Final Destination 5 is presented in 2.39:1 (MPEG4) on a 50GB Disc. Like most films nowadays, it’s pretty impossible to get under a 4.5 in this rating. They are just shot to look pretty, and this one is no exception.

AUDIO – 4.5/5

Warner has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. LOUD!! Yikes, this disc has some serious bass to it. My room was shaking as the bridge collapsed to the point where I had to turn it down a bit from my normal listening point. Aside from that (which is not a fault!), dialogue is clean and surround is used frequently.



OVERALL – 4.0/5

The Final Destination series still runs strong with a fresh film that might recapture some of the magic. The Blu-ray boasts impressive picture and audio but the amount of extras is, at best, weak. Fans will no doubt be buying this one up!

 

Brad Lowenberg
Published:
12/22/2011

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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