Book of Eli, The
30 years after a nuclear holocaust turned the world into ashes, the United States have transformed into a wasteland where the survivors are split into criminals and victims. In the midst of this, is a man called Eli who’s on a mission from God. After receiving a message from the Almighty he’s headed West with in his possession a book that needs protection at all cost. When he arrives in a small town ruled by a powerful mobster called Carnegie, it becomes clear his faith and dedication to the book is up for a test.
Sound and Vision:
The image in this movie is heavily stylized with a color palette that’s almost completely limited to sepia tones black&white and some greenish/yellowish skies. The detail is stunning and it’s like you’re watching an artwork rather than a movie. One of the best-looking DVD’s we’ve seen in a while without a doubt.
The sound is equally impressive with constant use of the surround channels and an active subwoofer that gives the whole some extra punch. Excellent!
We’ve seen plenty of post-apocalyptic movies already and as such Book of Eli immediately brings forth a feeling of deja-vu. The first part resembles I am Legend while once Eli arrives into town we get a more Mad Max type of movie. Does that hurt the experience? Not really.
Book of Eli is shot in such a way that it has a very artistic feeling about it and you can easily get amazed about the beautiful images that are displayed on your screen. Those will make you forget that the message of the movie is to have blind faith in salvation, something that I personally found a bit over the top, and you’ll easily sit back, relax and enjoy the view. The Book of Eli doesn’t have a lasting experience like I Am Legend, mostly due to its simplistic storyline and all too simple and typical Hollywood-style happy ending, but it’s a fun ride to sit out.
The DVD has excellent image and sound quality and the only reason we can think of for buying the Blu-ray is the extras which are absent here. We can imagine the presentation on Blu-ray to be slightly better, but this DVD already does one hell of a job.