Well, it happened. A studio not affiliated with Buena Vista has jumped on that unwelcome advertising bandwagon and included a commercial at the beginning of The Beach. This is not a good sign. At any rate, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Richard, a young American backpacking in Asia looking for adventure. Little does he know, though, that when he travels to a breathtakingly beautiful hidden beach, his paradise will soon turn his life to one of immense terror and fear. Based on the book by Alex Garland.
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD is truly beautiful. Images are sharp and detailed with excellent depth and definition. Colors are balanced with accurate fleshtones, rich colors and deep, pure blacks. Viewed in a completely blackened room, the nighttime scenes actually seem to reveal the actors lit only by the moon. Even the darkest scenes are very solid, without any distracting pixelization. The slightest enhancement is occasionally noticed, but nothing that degrades this gorgeous picture.
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