Bell, David Koechner
Director: Steven Quale
Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
DVD Release Date: December 27, 2011
Run Time: 92 minutes
format should by now be familiar to fans of this series: a young man has a
supernatural premonition of a disaster about to happen and manages to rescue
a group of fellow youngsters from horrifying deaths.
In this latest and - by the look of things – final installment, a young man
played by Nicholas D'Agosto rescues a group of co-workers on their way to a
weekend team building exercise from certain doom when the bridge their bus
is on collapses.
Of course Death – capital letter ‘D’ – is not be cheated, and slowly but
surely kills off all the co-workers in inventive and elaborate gruesome
The fun has always been in what OTT accidents the screenwriters can come up
with to dispatch the photogenic teens and this Final Destination
doesn’t disappoint even though some of the deaths seem to violate the very
law of physics. Is it really that easy to fall through an office window for
Final Destination 5 tries to bring something new to the mix: you can
cheat Death by killing someone else as an “offering” of sorts. Bringing a
homicidal killer into the mix doesn’t however entirely work out, but the
movie has some genuine surprise twists up its sleeve, which bring things
full circle again.
THE DISCS: Fans who invested in expensive 3-D TVs will be
disappointed to learn that this Blu-ray includes no 3-D version of this
movie (it was originally shown in 3-D movie theatres). In addition to the
Blu-ray disc the DVD is also included.
Playing the DVD on your laptop at the airport lounge is probably the closest
users will get to true portability though.
Vouchers for digital copies are also included, but all kinds of disclaimers
apply: the digital copies are only valid until a certain date, you can only
“download” them from certain geographic locations (technically the so-called
“ultraviolet” copy is streamed and not stored on your device), you must
download a proprietary player and can’t view it on your regular player and
so forth. It’s probably not even worth your bother.
Media companies are struggling with this “new” digital age of broadband
Internet and the truth of the situation is that many Internet users will in
the end prefer downloading pirated material not only because it’s for free,
but because the pirates probably offer greater ease of use and place fewer
restrictions on their “products”!
The special features include two special effects split-screen features and
alternate death scenes.
WORTH IT? Franchise fans would want to check it out. But it is
getting a bit long in the tooth and Final Destination 5 is probably the best
way to let this franchise, er, die.
RECOMMENDATION: If you want your gore in 3-D you’d be disappointed.
The 2-D HD looks pretty neat though.