47 Ronin appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. For the most part, the image satisfied.
A bit of softness crept into the presentation at times, but it felt like some of that resulted from an intentionally dreamy look to the photography. Those instances didn’t dominate, though, so the majority of the film appeared accurate and concise.
I saw no signs of jagged edges or shimmering, and edge enhancement seemed absent. Print flaws also never reared their ugly head, as the movie looked clean at all times.
Given that airy photographic design, tans and reds often dominated. Some brighter hues appeared at times, but those were the main colors, and they remained low-key. Within those choices, the hues appeared well-rendered.
Blacks seemed dense and firm, but shadows could be a little thick; a few shots seemed just a bit too dark. All of this left Ronin as a “B” presentation.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of 47 Ronin, it worked well, as the movie presented a fairly engaging soundfield. Not surprisingly, its best moments related to the mix of action scenes. These helped open up the spectrum pretty nicely.
Otherwise, we got good stereo impressions from the music along with solid environmental material. The latter reverberated in the rear speakers to positive effect, and some unique action material popped up there as well.
No problems with audio quality occurred. Speech was always concise and natural, and I noticed no edginess or other concerns. Music seemed bright and lively.
Effects showed good distinctiveness, and they offered nice low-end when appropriate. All of this created a strong sonic impression that made the movie more involving.
This package includes both 2D and 3D versions of Ronin. The picture comments above relate to the 2D edition – how does the 3D compare?
Visual quality felt similar. I thought colors, sharpness and other elements seemed close in both editions, so I experienced no obvious picture degradation with the 3D film.
As for the 3D presentation, it became a disappointment. The movie came with a passable sense of depth, and occasional action scenes brought out some reasonable use of the stereo visuals, especially when supernatural content occurred.
However, most of Ronin remained “2.5D”. While we got some dimensionality and the occasional lively 3D shot, too much of the flick seemed fairly flat.
Although I can’t recommend fans of the film to avoid the 3D presentation, I also can’t find many compelling reasons to advocate for it. This became a pretty mediocre 3D image.
When we head to extras, we open with four featurettes. Re-forging the Legend goes for six minutes, 44 seconds and offers comments from director Carl Rinsch, producer Pamela Abdy, costume designer Penny Rose, visual effects supervisor Christian Manz, supervising art director Gary Freeman and actors Keanu Reeves and Hiroyuki Sanada.
The program looks at the source story and its adaptation, costume and production design, sets, locations and effects, stunts and action, cast and performances, and general thoughts. “Legend” covers a good variety of subjects but does so in a superficial way. It breezes through the topics quickly and lacks substance.
For a little about the actor, we go to Keanu & Kai. It runs four minutes and provides info from Reeves, Rinsch, Abdy, producer Eric McLeod and actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. The show looks at Reeves’ role and performance. Expect a lot of praise and fluff.
Steel Fury: The Fights of 47 Ronin lasts five minutes, 54 seconds and features Rinsch, Reeves, Sanada, stunt coordinator Gary Powell, co-writer Chris Morgan and actor Neil Fingleton. As expected, “Fury” discusses the movies stunts and action. This never becomes especially insightful, but it throws out a few good notes and becomes a decent piece.
Finally, we get the seven-minute, 35-second Myths, Magic and Monsters: The FX of 47 Ronin. It boasts notes from Rinsch, Morgan, Manz, Powell, Reeves, Fingleton, Abdy, stunt rider Dauren Zhunussov, prosthetic makeup artist Barrie Gower, and visual effects producer Garv Thorp.
To the surprise of no one, “Magic” covers the various effects used in Ronin. It follows the template from “Fury”, so expect a reasonable exploration of the subject matter.
Four Deleted Scenes occupy a total of seven minutes, 45 seconds and give us “Mika Regrets Her Love for Kai” (1:43), “Mika Attempts to Poison Lord Kira” (1:13), “Oishi Attempts to Buy Kai from the Dutch Captain” (2:40) and “Isogai Is Entranced By the Witch” (1:09). These offer minor character moments that do little to embellish material already in the final film.
The 2D disc opens with ads for Lone Survivor, Sabotage, Boxtrolls and Ride Along.
Previews also includes promos for Oblivion, Battleship, the Jurassic Park trilogy, Battlestar Galactica and The Bourne Legacy.
The 3D disc includes a promo for Sanctum 3D. No trailer for Ronin appears – either 2D or 3D.
With 47 Ronin, we get a competent telling of an epic adventure. This becomes enough to keep us moderately entertained but the movie never lives up to its potential. The Blu-ray brings us good picture and audio as well as a few minor bonus materials. This remains a mediocre movie, and the bland 3D presentation doesn’t improve it.
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