Blu-Ray Review: Surrogates Take Over On 1/26

SurrogatesBruce Willis wants to save the world! Again! Surrogates, his latest action-thriller, debuts on Blu-Ray and DVD on January 26, 2010. More of a mystery-thriller than an action film, the movie offers up a cool concept with only decent execution, resulting in an entertaining but underwhelming film.

The Blu-Ray comes with the typical caché of special features, an almost requisite amount of items designed to sway potential buyers. Though the special features are ultimately forgettable, for what there is, there’s some decent material here. The Blu-Ray version of the film includes a few exclusive special features, including some deleted scenes and two featurettes.

A More Perfect You: The Science of Surrogates takes a look at the thought process behind how the robots work and look in the world of Surrogates. There are a few worthwhile moments here, though at 10 or 15 minutes there’s not a lot to feast on.

Breaking the Frame: A Graphic Novel Comes to Life features an interview with the writer/creator of the graphic novel (I didn’t know it was based on a graphic novel) and details his excitement about his first-time project being adapted into a Bruce Willis film of all things. The featurette shows some panels from the comic book, though it misses out on giving more insight into what’s similar and what’s not. From the few panels that are shown, it looks like Surrogates the movie is quite different from its source material.

The deleted scenes present some interesting ideas, though it’s clear why they were cut from the movie. As is the case with most deleted scenes, there’s nothing very memorable here.

Other features, which are available on the DVD version as well, include a music video by Breaking Benjamin (does anyone watch the music videos that are included on discs?) and an audio commentary by director Jonathan Mostow.

All in all, the special features are neither great nor underwhelming. For a B-grade movie that didn’t do particularly well in theaters, the special features included on the disc are about what should be expected. The quality is decent, but most of the features lack the depth to make them memorable.

Surrogates is worth seeing, but more as a rental.

By Erik Samdahl
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