The storm is coming.
In October 1991, the fishing community of Gloucester, Massachusetts, experienced the full wrath of Mother Nature when a freak meteorological event produced the fiercest storm in modern history. Director Wolfgang Petersen has fashioned this heroic true story (as chronicled in Sebastian Junger's bestseller) into a star-laden blockbuster, employing computer power to whip up the terrifying titular storm.
George Clooney plays Billy Tyne, captain of the Andrea Gail who has been plagued by bad luck at sea and is on a poor run of catches. Frustrated by the huge hauls of the Hannah Boden, captained by Linda Greenlaw (Mary Ann Mastrantonio), Tyne decides to head back out to sea for the Flemish Cap, a remote area renowned for its rich fishing prospects. He is joined by a number of his regular crew including Billy Shatford (Mark Wahlberg), Dale Murphy (John C Reilly), David Sullivan (William Fichtner), Alfred Pierre (Allen Payne) and Michael Moran (John Hawkes). Sure enough, Tyne's luck changes for the better at the Flemish Cap and the Andrea Gail catches a full haul. Buoyed by the money that awaits them back home, the crew sets off back to Gloucester, but disturbing weather patterns hamper their progress, and they soon find themselves battling against 100ft waves and 120mph winds that threaten to tear the boat apart.
HBO First Look: Creating the Perfect Storm
Witnesses to the Storm: Recollections of the 1991 events that inspired the Book
Creating an Emotion: Composer James Horner at Work
3 Commentaries - Wolfgang Petersen / Author Sebastian Junger / Visual Effects Supervisor Stefan Fangmeier and Visual Effects Producer Helen Ostenberg Elswit.
Yours Forever Photo Message
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 23/06/2011 13:48:34
The picture isn't a massive improvement but i think the sound is much better,someone previously stated that the disc wouldn't shift from the dolby ex track to the true hd,i didn't have the same problem and the loseless audio on this is miles better than the basic dolby set up on the dvd.
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'blu-ray' does enhanced the visual effects.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 24/11/2008 14:34:26
I bought this on 'dvd' when released and after watching wasn't over impressed with it's presentation in terms of bringing out the tension assosiated with the sheer horror of what befell the crew of the 'andrea gail' in '1991'
However since owning a 'blu-ray' player i have tried to sort out and buy that which i felt would be greatly enhanced as a motion picture by this format.
Recently i decided to try 'the perfect storm' on 'blu-ray' having now played it, the storm scenes and giant wave effects are greatly enhanced with this format, and yes it greatly improved it's visual content from a viewing point of view, it made a '3' star expierience into a '4' star rating for me, and yes the surround sound was a little dissapointing as the previousw reviewer has mentioned.
We will never know in reality what really happened on the 'andrea gail' during it's final moments in that massive storms coming together, but....the film does put a considered happening to events that leave in tact the memories of those men for their loved ones.
Do i reccomend this one on 'blu-ray' .....for the visuals during the storm....yes................................enjoy.
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Great movie....disappointing transfer to HD
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 13/11/2008 16:53:05
It's such a shame when a movie that looks dead set for a great Hi Def transfer doesn't turn out the way it should, and this is the case with The Perfect Storm.
Wolfgang Petersens story of a fishing expedition gone disasterously wrong should have been given the full HD treatment, it had it all going for it. Expansive ocean shots, great sunsets and plenty of CGI moments, but what we get here is something between DVD quality and HD quality..abandoned in the sea like our heroes.
Colours appear to be washed out and edges are soft. Whilst skin tones and the plain clothing of the actors appear deliberately toned down, so much more could have been done with the plentiful scenes amongst the waves. I was very disappointed with the lack of detail throughout the movie and overall the quality was not much better than standard DVD.
The audio doesn't come off much better. The original DVD version came with a Dolby 5.1 soundtrack. The Blu ray version boasts a Dolby Tru HD 5.1 set up, but defaults to Dolby EX and won't budge even when Tru HD is selected in the audio options. The soundstage is very good overall, with plenty to test your 5.1 system during the many crashing waves sequences, bass is boomy though, turn the volume down a bit, a case of less is more.
Overall I felt a bit short changed by this version. Still a good watch if you haven't seen it before, but if you already own the DVD version don't upgrade.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Bigal1870 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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