Looker appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Because I have faith in Warner Archives, I suspect the image replicated the source, but nonetheless, the end result seemed surprisingly unattractive.
Sharpness felt unexceptional, as much of the image appeared somewhat soft and ill-defined. Shots didnít look terribly ďoffĒ, but they rarely showed particularly strong delineation.
I noticed no jagged edges or moirť effects, and I witnessed no edge haloes. Source flaws stayed absent, but this became one of the grainiest films Iíve watched in a long time. Even daylight exteriors showed prominent grain, and this became a distraction.
Colors were bland. The movie opted for a fairly blue feel, and the gues seemed lackluster, without a lot of clarity or vividness.
Blacks were reasonably dark and dense, while shadows showed decent delineation. Again, the image may have reproduced the source, but it nonetheless didnít look very good objectively.
Not a lot of ambition came from the movieís DTS-HD MA stereo soundfield. The movie opened up ambience and music to a reasonable degree and gave us good spread across the front. Not much of distinction cropped up, though, so the soundscape failed to do a lot.
Audio quality seemed good for its age. Speech showed no edginess or other problems as the lines remained natural and crisp.
Music was smooth and bright, while effects appeared acceptably concise. A little distortion crept into some louder bits but most of the material stayed clean. While the audio never excelled, it seemed fine for the flick.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the original DVD from 2007? Audio differed in that the DVD opted for a surround track. However, because that one barely used the rear speakers, the scope of the soundscape remained similar. The lossless Blu-ray mix offered a bit more range, but the restrictions of the source held back potential improvements.
In terms of visuals, the Blu-ray showed superior colors and accuracy, and it also cleaned up minor print flaws. Ironically, the higher resolution of the Blu-ray made the restrictions of the original photography more obvious. Still, even with my misgivings about the image, the Blu-ray fared better than the DVD.
The disc includes an optional introduction by writer/director Michael Crichton. In this four-minute, 43-second clip, he provides a little background about the flick and its creation. This acts as a nice little opener to the experience.
Next we get an audio commentary with Crichton, as he offers a running, screen-specific chat. He gets into the projectís origins and its development, cast and performances, sets and locations, visual effects, reactions to the film, and technical topics.
While Crichton never makes this a fascinating commentary, he does his job. He gives us a pretty solid review of the appropriate issues and avoids the standard pitfalls like too much dead air or praise. Crichton digs into his movie with reasonable depth and turns this into an enjoyable chat.
In addition to the filmís trailer, we find one deleted scene. It runs eight minutes, 14 seconds and comes from parts of the movieís climax.
The scene offers more exposition about the villainís motives as well as some additional action. On its own, it works fine, but I think it wouldíve felt redundant in the final cut, as we donít really need the information it provides.
More than 35 years after its initial release, Looker seems remarkably prescient in the way it predicted various trends. However, as a film it never seems remarkable in the least, as it offers an uninspired thriller with little to spark the imagination. The Blu-ray provides erratic visuals along with decent audio and a few useful bonus features. Looker boasts promise but falls short of its goals.
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