Movie Review: READY PLAYER ONE (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

READY PLAYER ONE is based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline and stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn. The ensemble cast also includes Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen, Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance.

In the year 2045, the real world is a harsh place. The only time Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) truly feels alive is when he escapes to the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spend their days. In the OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone—the only limits are your own imagination. The OASIS was created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who left his immense fortune and total control of the OASIS to the winner of a three-part contest he designed to find a worthy heir. When Wade conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends—known as the High Five—are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS and their world.

Ready Player One is one part live-action and one part virtual reality. The visual effects heavy movie follows Wade who escapes to the OASIS every chance he gets where he’s become a major player in this massive virtual world where he’s friends with Samantha (Olivia Cooke) and a few others – together they’re known as High Five. There’s also a sparks that ignites between Wade and Samantha once they meet in the real world along with lots of simulated action that takes place in the virtual world. What happens is, James Halliday ends up creating this game where the winner inherits the OASIS and all the amazing perks that come with it.

There’s also Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), a power hungry corporate figure who also wants the OASIS for his own evil bidding and he’s willing to do anything to sieze it. Wade and his friends quickly discover they’ve become targets and that they’re in a dangerous battle with Nolan and his henchmen. Nolan quickly becomes a sinister threat who doesn’t play by the rules but the small group of friends are able to elude, maneuver and dodge everything that’s thrown at them so that Wade can finally collect all three keys that ultimately allows him to win the game, save the OASIS and defeat his enemy.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is color coded and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast watching Ready Player One because it takes me back to my favorite decade ever – the 80’s. This movie takes you back to the good ol’ days of the classic arcade games that my generation grew up on but it’s also a movie that kids of all ages can easily relate to and enjoy because it’s a wonderful escape from reality for everyone. The story about this virtual reality world known as the OASIS is interesting and the movie itself is a mixture of live-action and amazing visual effects that Steven Spielberg and his talented crew were able to capture so well. This is an imaginative movie that’s also known for its countless easter eggs which is probably my favorite part about the entire watch because it’s so cool how all of these different brands, that are all owned by different studios, have been loaned out so Spielberg and company could bring this massive world to life and the end result is an extremely fun adventure. That’s not all because there’s also the awesome music that’s in the movie. Ready Player One will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digtial HD) on July 24th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 140 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / DTS-HD Master Audio  5.1 / EDA / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include six behind-the-scenes featurettes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Game Changer: Cracking the Code (57:22)
  • Effects for a Brave New World (24:39)
  • Level Up: Sound for the Future (08:03)
  • High Score: Endgame (10:04)
  • Ernie & Tye’s Excellent Adventure (12:00)
  • The ’80’s: You’re The Inspiration (05:38)
  • Digital HD Copy


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