DVD Review: 300
Movie •••½ Picture ••••• Sound ••••• Extras ••••
Snyder is joined by co-writer Kirk Johnstad and cinematographer Larry Fong in a friendly, spirited, and informative commentary. Other extras on this two-disc set include a featurette on Miller that seems too heavily edited, two enjoyable deleted scenes, and 13 interesting 3-minute "Webisodes" that tackle particular aspects of the filmmaking process, such as design, stunts, and training the actors for the special challenges of 300.
The DVD transfer looks superb. Contrast is just right, and there's unusually good definition in the shadows. The sharpness of the picture is quite impressive, too. You can clearly see all the beads of sweat and drops of blood, of which there are many. The sound design keeps all the channels busy, with dialogue always clear and the battles thunderous, well defined, and well placed. It's difficult to imagine picture and sound quality better than this, and the overall results are exhilarating. [R] English, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround; French and Spanish, Dolby Digital 5.1; letterboxed (2.35:1) and anamorphic widescreen; two dual-layer discs.