Movie Review: SAN ANDREAS Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack


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SAN ANDREAS was directed by Brad Peyton, from a screenplay by Carlton Cuse and produced by Beau Flynn. The film stars Dwayne JohnsonCarla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson, Colton Haynes, Todd Williams and Paul Giamatti.

The infamous San Andreas Fault gives in this west coast disaster thriller that follows Ray (Dwayne Johnson), a search and rescue helicopter pilot who is tasked at tracking down and saving his estranged wife Emma (Carla Gugino) and their missing daughter Blake (Alexandra Daddario) when a magnitude 9-plus earthquake in California is triggered. Ray and Emma quickly find each other and have  to make their way from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their daughter. There’s also Dr. Lawrence (Paul Giamatti) who has been warning everyone for some time that something like this was going to happen and he finally gets the opportunity to tell people that the worse is yet to come.

Once Ray and Emma reunite, the two begin their journey to try and locate their daughter. The journey begins in a helicopter and they end up crashing it into a department store, then they “borrow” someone else’s truck and end up trading it for a small plane where they bail out of it and parachute to “safety” and land right on second base on a baseball field. I know, right? Ray plays hero for a few minutes and saves a number of others and then the two board a boat and take on a tsunami that’s headed inland. Once the giant tsunami strikes, the two take the boat downtown where they end up locating their daughter but saving her ends up becoming the difficult part for this disastrous family reunion.

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Okay, this was an absolute blast to watch. Sure it got a little cheesy and totally unbelievable at times but this wild ride – roller coaster – disaster thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire ride. The story was fun even though it reminded me of a few other disaster thrillers but San Andreas takes everything to the next level when it comes to the jaw dropping action and special effects. Even though a lot of it is unrealistic, the story does makes you think about if something of this magnitude could ever happen. Or maybe when it’ll happen! Everything is literally destroyed around this fault line and it all looks so real while you watch this family make their way to find each other while dodging some crazy obstacles. The entire cast was so amazing to watch. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shows once again why he’s the man when it comes to action movies like this and he really does get to show off in San Andreas.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork as you can see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and the impressive list of extras. Both discs are painted black with no artwork. 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.

Bottom line is, San Andreas was an absolute, fast-paced thrill ride from start to finish. The story was insane and all of the characters were interesting and fun to follow. Brad Peyton and his talented team captured and created everything they needed to make this disaster thriller the roller coaster that it is and honestly one of the best action movies of 2015. To me the best parts about the movie were the amazing cast and the crazy special effects that created this disaster zone. Strap in when this Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack arrives on October 13th because it’s an insane and wild ride.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 114 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

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

Blu-ray Audio: Dolby Atmos / Dolby Digital French 5.1 / Dolby Digital Spanish 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen Region 1

DVD Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 / Dolby Digital French 5.1 / Dolby Digital Spanish 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! This release includes commentary, three featurettes, some deleted scenes, a gag reel and stunt reel. You can see the impressive list below.

  • Commentary by Director Brad Peyton
  • San Andreas: The Real Fault Line
  • Dwayne Johnson to the Rescue
  • Scoring the Quake
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Brad Peyton
  • Gag Reel
  • Stunt Reel
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