Blu-ray Review “Miramax Double Feature: Equilibrium / Renaissance”

Directed by: Kurt Wimmer, Christian Volckman
Starring: Christian Bale, Taye Diggs, Daniel Craig
MPAA Rating: R
Distributed by: Echo Bridge Entertainment
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Running Time: 213 minutes

Equilibrium: 4 out of 5 stars
Renaissance: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I saw “Equilibrium” in the theaters and couldn’t get enough of this film once it hit DVD. I was very excited to see that Echo Bridge was releasing this film on Blu-ray. Now, they released this “Equilibrium” last year to a horrible release. They have made changes to this release to improve the Blu-ray experience overall. The second film on this double feature is “Renaissance”, which I have never seen prior to this release. I have heard of it just never saw it. I feel it is a great companion to “Equilibrium” and is all around a very intriguing and fun movie.

I am a huge sci-fi fan and I am happy get a chance to check out they really cool and imaginative titles on Blu-ray. In “Equilibrium”, it focuses on the best cop aka enforcer in a futuristic society, who soon realizes that things are not as they seem and makes a stand about the ‘man’. In “Renaissance”, we follow a cop that is drawn into the twisted underworld of 2054 corporate espionage. It is very film noir-ish and visually amazing.

Both films are presented in 1080p using the AVC MPEG-4 encode and are presented in their proper 2.35:1 aspect ratios (unlike last year’s release for “Equilibrium”). The audio on both the films are also very impressive with Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. The only downfall, and really no biggie to me, is that “Renaissance” does not include its native French track, only the dub featuring Daniel Craig. Also like most Echo Bridge releases there is no bonus features on this release but overall big improvement and a fun double feature Blu-ray release.

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