DVD Review: Apocalypto
|New Line |
Movie •••½ Picture •••½ Sound •••½ Extras •••
The movie was shot partially on film, partially on high-def video, and the resulting DVD transfer has colors that sometimes border on stunning, particularly the multi-hued greens of the jungle. But the picture occasionally seems softer than intended and, in several nighttime scenes, lacks the finest shadow detail. The 5.1-channel mix is effective but restrained, mostly serving to add well-placed accents and atmospherics. James Horner's score, which often comes to the forefront of the mix, has lots of bass energy and good dynamics.
Extras include a making-of featurette that offers some interesting technical tidbits. There's also a commentary by director Mel Gibson and co-producer Farhad Safinia that makes one thing clear: Whatever you think about his personal politics, Gibson is a visual craftsman.