Live Die Repeat

Although he’s never seen combat, Major William Cage crosses the wrong general and finds himself on the front lines of a D-Day-like battle in France where he stands no chance of survival against an onslaught of ridiculously superior alien invaders. Within minutes of landing on the beach, he’s killed by one of those aliens, but instead of heading toward a white light, he instantly wakes up the day before the attack, and now he is destined to live that day over and over. In lieu of becoming alien fodder again, he hooks up with a heroic Special Forces warrior, and they hatch a plan to get Cage trained for battle and embark on a journey to rid the planet of the aliens for good.

U.S. movie audiences are idiots. Edge of Tomorrow, renamed Live Die Repeat for its home video release, was one of the best summer films in years, and yet it barely sold $100 million worth of tickets. Granted, when I saw the trailer, I was afraid that each trip through the time loop would get repetitive and boring, but director Doug Liman keeps it fresh, often funny, and you can’t help but like the main characters and root for them to win.

For the most part, Warner’s post-production 3D conversion job provides a pleasing 3D experience as long as the camera stays in one place, but when the action kicks up and Cage and his band of brothers are on the beach, the shaky-cam shots don’t translate very well, and the darker scenes look overly flat and murky. Fortunately, the 2D presentation is one of the best of the year. Contrast and color saturation are spot-on, details are mesmerizing, and the black levels are to die for, over and over again.

The audio is amazing, but be sure to turn the volume down when the movie begins because there’s a low-frequency sweep that could literally blow out your speakers if played too loudly. After that point, buckle in and enjoy the ride as discrete effects fly around the room. Intense LFE will attempt to liquefy your bowels, and the dialogue never loses its focus, despite all the action.

Supplements include five featurettes about the production as well some deleted scenes. There’s also a DVD and Digital Copy thrown in for good measure.

This is my favorite movie of the year, and I’m shocked that the fourth Transformers blew it away at the box office. Regardless, the A/V presentation is outstanding, and this disc deserves a place in your collection. Highly recommended.

Blu-Ray 3D
Studio: Warner Bros., 2014
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audio Format: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Length: 113 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

jnemesh's picture

Was very pleasantly surprised when I rented this movie! Tom Cruise is not my favorite actor, but he pulled of this role quite nicely, and Emily Blunt was excellent in her role as well. I am REALLY looking forward to seeing this in HDR on the new Samsung "SUHD" sets soon!

gunhed's picture

Can movie reviews please indicate whether the film has been shot with a digital or film camera ? Whenever I show off my Kuro I play footage shot on an Imax film camera as in the Dark Knight series.

David Vaughn's picture
This was shot on 35mm film. If a film is shot digitally, I try and say that in the video section. If I don't mention it, assume it's shot on film. Word count in the magazine is limited to 420, so sometimes there just isn't enough room to say everything we would like to :)
EnergySpeakerFanatic's picture

What was wrong with Edge of Tomorrow? Since when do movies use their slogans as titles?

dommyluc's picture

Yeah, Energy, I don't get the title change either. But I must say the old title, to me at least, sounded like the title of a creaky, old afternoon soap opera which, since I absolutely despise Tom Cruise, is the only medium he should be allowed to act in.
Love Emily Blunt, though. She has a great tendency to not jump up and down on couches.