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Fight Club
10th Anniversary Edition
(Blu-ray)

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: R (Disturbing and Graphic Depiction Of Violent Anti-Social Behavior, Sexuality and Language) 

Running Time: 139 Minutes

Starring: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf Aday, Jared Leto

Screenplay by: Jim Uhls
Based on the novel by: Chuck Palahniuk

Directed by: David Fincher

 

Studio: Fox

Retail Price: $34.99

Features: Audio Commentaries, A Hit in the Ear: Ren Klyce and the Sound Design of Fight Club, Flogging Fight Club, Insomniac Mode: I Am Jack's Search Index, Behind-The-Scenes Vignettes, Deleted and Alternate Scenes, Trailers, TV Spots, Internet Spots, PSAs, Music Video, Promotional Galleries, Art Galleries 

Specs: 2.40:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, French DTS 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, French Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Cantonese Subtitles, Mandarin Subtitles, Scene Selection

Released: November 17th, 2009


 

 

"Fight Club" is presented in 1080p High Definition, in a widescreen presentation with the theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1. This is a staggering transfer that is just as fantastic as you probably hoped. The film's bleak, desaturated and filtered look is brought to full life here — eye-popping without being overdone. Black levels are outstanding, fleshtones hit their sweet spot and color saturation is downright phenomenal: everything here is bold, but there is no smearing to be had. Detail is quite impeccable too. This sharp transfer captures the movie's stylized look rather perfectly.

 

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is the main audio option here, and just like the transfer, it does not disappoint. Just as the visuals in "Fight Club" go a long way, the sound mix is also stellar. Dialogue is always crisp and easy to hear, and the movie's thumping soundtrack — mainly featuring the music of The Dust Brothers — gives the channel a full workout. The depth and clarity in the music is rather thick and fantastic. Surrounds are plentiful, and certainly discrete: everything here seems to have a "punch" (no pun intended) that brings you into things more, with great imaging, strong dynamic range and high fidelity. One of the film's more memorable moments, involving an airplane, is a highlight here. Subwoofer use is superb and booming — you will be shaken. In short, this is an outstanding mix.

Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in Spanish and French are included, plus an English Dolby Surround track and a French DTS 5.1 track. Subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Cantonese and Mandarin are included as well.
 




Back when the DVD format was gaining traction, "Fight Club" came along and really showed off the format — not just with the presentation, but all the extras included. It seems everything has been ported from the original special edition DVD release, and there's some new goodies in the mix.

First up, there are four Audio Commentaries that each give a different perspective on the film: one has director David Fincher, the second has Fincher joined with Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter, the third features novelist Chuck Palahinuk and screenwriter Jim Uhls and the fourth features production designer Alex McDowell, director of photography Jeff Croenenweth, costume designer Michael Kaplan and visual effects supervisor Kevin Haug. Listening to them all, or even bits, will truly give you a ton of information on the movie.

New to the Blu-ray release are these features: A Hit in the Ear: Ren Klyce and the Sound Design of Fight Club features the film's sound designer in an interview, and then you get the chance to remix the audio for a few scenes from the movie. (BonusView is required!) Flogging Fight Club lasts about 10 minutes that more or less honors the movie's 10th anniversary, and the appropriately titled Insomniac Mode: I am Jack's Search Index lets you find specific topics featured in the commentaries and lets you see them while you view the movie. This is a very clever inclusion.

Everything else is more or less ported from the original special edition DVD. There are tons of Behind-The-Scenes Vignettes, which include voice-overs from production members and even multi-angles. They are divided into three sections: "Production," "Visual Effects" and "On Location" (but the bulk of the material comes in the former two).

Seven Deleted & Alternate Scenes are available, three Trailers, multiple TV Spots, Internet Spots, two PSAs (one featuring Brad Pitt), a Dust Brothers Music Video as well as two Galleries: one featuring promotional material, and the other concept/general art for the movie.
 

Hard to believe it has been 10 years since "Fight Club," but this is a cult classic that truly holds up. As a Blu-ray, it's nearly flawless: the bonus features, while mostly recycled, still give plenty of depth into the film's production and the movie itself has never looked or sounded better. Anyone with a Blu-ray player needs to pick this release up.