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Source Code (Blu-ray)

When soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of an experimental government program called the "Source Code" that enables him to assume another man's identify in the last eight minutes of his life. Armed with the task of identifying the bomber of a Chicago-bound commuter train, Colter must re-live the incident over and over until he can solve the mystery and prevent an even deadlier second terrorist attack.

I was eagerly looking forward to giving this one a spin, and it more than met my expectations. It's nonstop action from start to finish, and Gyllenhaal has great screen presence as the troubled hero. Not only was I wildly entertained, but the DTS-HD MA audio track is outstanding and worth the price of admission all by itself. But don't get your hopes too high for the video encode, which isn't anything to write home about.

Shimmering skyline

  • Chapter 1, 0:00:54
  • Aliasing
  • Here's a scene that highlights one of the many issues with the AVC encode. As the camera pans across the Chicago skyline, check out the aliasing in some of the skyscrapers.

Everything is going to be okay

  • Chapter 1, 0:06:44
  • Dynamics, frequency response, surround envelopment
  • Get used to this scene because it repeats many times throughout the film. Listen to the clankity-clank of the train moving over the tracks, after which all hell breaks loose as the terrorist's bomb rips through the train.

Back to the pod

  • Chapter 6, 0:28:37
  • Surround envelopment
  • After the train explodes (again), Stevens is ripped back to his own body. Listen as the room is engulfed with sonic activity as he returns to his mysterious pod.

Release Date: July 26, 2011
Studio: Summit Entertainment

Movie: 8/10
Picture: 7/10
Sound: 9/10

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