Oct 052017

Flatliners is a fun 1990 film that might not be some sort of classic but the entertainment value is there.




Genre(s): Science Fiction, Horror, Thriller
Mill Creek | R – 114 min. – $29.98 | September 26, 2017

Date Published: 10/05/2017 | Author: The Movieman


Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Writer(s): Peter Filardi (written by)
Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Kimberly Scott, Hope Davis
Features: None
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 36.6 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


THE MOVIE — 3.0/5

Plot Synopsis: Seeking answers about the afterlife, Chicago medical student Nelson (KIEFER SUTHERLAND) persuades his fellow pupils to help him end his life, and then resuscitate him in the nick of time. Atheist David (KEVIN BACON), playboy Joe (WILLIAM BALDWIN) and troubled Rachel (JULIA ROBERTS) also journey into the unknown, looking for meaning in their own lives. As the experiments become more perilous, each is forced to contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing on the other side.

Quick Hit Review: Flatliners is a cheesy 1980s film that ushered in the ‘90s with a who’s who cast and while technically this isn’t some sort of classic or even that good, I did enjoy the film for what it is and especially for stars Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon and, to some extent, Julia Roberts. I’ve only seen the film maybe twice, the last time prior was probably on VHS, and it’s still relatively entertaining.



No features were included but this new edition comes in a Steelbook case and a clear slip cover.


VIDEO – 3.5/5

Flatliners marks it’s, I believe, third Blu-ray release (one by Sony and now two by Mill Creek) and considering the packaging makes no mention of any sort of restoration, this likely is the same transfer as the 2014 release. As it is, the movie, presented with a 1080p transfer and shown in a 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio, looks decent enough with fine black levels while colors are generally bright, moved more toward darker tones, however detail is a bit soft.

AUDIO – 3.5/5

Although the back cover states the disc has an Uncompressed PCM track, but instead it comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. It’s not bad by any means, just nothing I’d call all that dynamic either. Dialogue levels was crisp and clear with some minor depth with ambient noises coming through the front and rear channels.


OVERALL – 2.5/5

Overall, Flatliners is a fun 1990 film that might not be some sort of classic but the entertainment value is there. Mill Creek releases this “Special Edition” Steelbook release is pretty much the same, outside of an upgraded audio, from their 2014 release and has absolutely zero features.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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