The Eagle (Blu-ray)

Celebrated Roman solider Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) is on quest to restore the reputation of his father and find the golden emblem that disappeared with him and 5,000 of his troops 20 years earlier. With the help of an slave (Jamie Bell), Marcus navigates the wild highlands of Caledonia in order to restore his family's honor.

When I sat down to watch this one I had never heard of it before and for good reason&8211;it's not very good. The acting is wooden and the story has no heart. At no time did I feel anything for the characters plight and I couldn't wait for it to be over.

Video Highlights

  • AVC/1080p encode on a BD-50 disc
  • Deep blacks with revealing shadows
  • Excellent detail
  • Rich and inviting landscapes
  • Phenomenal depth

Audio Highlights

  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack
  • Enveloping track
  • Pinpoint discrete effects from every direction
  • Intelligible dialog

The nearly perfect presentation features impressive audio and video with outstanding detail, inviting shadows, and some raucous action scenes that will test your systems prowess.

Bonus Materials

  • Unrated Cut
  • Audio Commentary
  • Making-of featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate ending
  • BD-Live Enabled

While the movie left a lot to be desired, I did enjoy the fantastic audio and video and for this reason alone it may be worth a rental. Maybe you'll like it better than I did.

Release Date: June 21, 2011
Studio: Universal

Movie: 5/10
Picture: 9/10
Sound: 9/10

Review System

Oppo BDP-93 Blu-ray player

JVC DLA-RS1 projector
Stewart FireHawk screen (76.5" wide, 16:9)

Integra DTC-80.2 pre/pro
Anthem PVA-7 power amplifier
Belkin PVA-PF60 power conditioner

M&K S-150s (L, C, R)
M&K SS-150s (LS, RS, SBL, SBR)
SVS PC-Ultra subwoofer

Monoprice HDMI cables (source to pre/pro)
Best Deal analog-audio cables
PureLink HDC Fiber Optic HDMI Cable System (15 meters) from pre/pro to projector

Acoustical treatments from GIK Acoustics