The video transfer for this release is awesome.
In the quiet town of Sommerton Junction, Arizona Sheriff Ray Owens has a relaxing life after leaving the LAPD. The most excitement that ever happens there is the mayor parking in a red zone or catching his Deputies Figuerola and Bailey shooting guns at a hanging pig with Dinkum, the town idiot. As it turns out, Dinkum owns a vintage arms museum so his weapons are perfectly legal. Later that night in Las Vegas, the FBI is transferring the leader of huge drug cartel named Gabriel Cortez and heading the operation is Agent John Bannister. While riding in the blockade, there is a team that aides Cortez in escaping by setting a diversion and giving him a super-modded Chevy Corvette C6 ZR1. The car was stolen a few days before and has about 400 horsepower added so it can hit top speeds of over 200 mph. Cortez’s well organized team that he hired has contingency plans so that no road block can stop the fugitive. The plan is to cross in to México through Sheriff Owen’s town but that’s easier said then done.
For the new coming director Kim Ji-woon and writer Andrew Knauer, this is their first mainstream movie. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Peter Stormare, Eduardo Noriega, Luis Guzman, and Johnny Knoxville. The movie has a well-chosen cast and there is a little over-the-top action like some of Schwarzenegger movies. Arnold plays the part well as a gritty cop settling into the twilight of his career. My only real gripe that was never made clear is how long he has been the sheriff. The town makes it seem like he moved there in the last month but then some of the people make it seem like he has been living there for a few years.
The video transfer for this release is awesome. It’s encoded in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 and its razor sharp. The coloring throughout the film is very clean and even though its shot in an arid and colorless setting, there is no over exposure. The flesh tones are correct and aren’t lost in the picture. The contrasting does its job in minimalizing the black crushing in the night shots. Also, the perfect example of how sharp the transfer is seeing Arnold’s face in its the weathered, aged look.
The audio for the movie is a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix and its amazing. The car engines are throaty and have a very powerful sound in every channel. Also, the many scenes of the corvette flying down the highway are made for the blu-ray format. During the firefights, the bass roars with every shot and the bullets whiz through the home theater. The audio on this blu-ray is perfect and other distributors need to take a cue from this release.
The release has a fairly hefty line up of features. They’re the basic extras and gives a good loon in to the background of the movie.
-Not In My Town: Making ‘The Last Stand’- this featurette has some cast and crew interviews with some behind the scenes info.
-Cornfield Chaos: Scene Breakdown- this featurette is a breakdown of how the sequence was accomplished. A lot went into the making of this scene.
-The Dinkum Firearm and Historic Weaponry Museum- this featurette shows the accuracy of the weapons in the movie.
-Actor-Cam Anarchy: with Johnny Knoxville and Jaimie Alexander- this portion of the extras has footage of what a day with Knoxville and Alexander was like. It’s more of a filler extra but a little interesting.
-Deleted Scenes- these are your standard scenes from the cutting room floor that didn’t make it into the movie.
-Extended Scenes- these are the extended portions of scenes in the film that also didn’t need to be in the movie.
Blu-ray, Ultraviolet, and Digital Copy
1080p AVC MPEG-4
English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
The movie itself was entertaining and exactly what I expected going into watching it. It’s packed with fast cars, some comedy relief and a lot of gun fire. The actual care put into the disc is hands down the high point of the release. The picture transfer is near perfect and the sound mix is flawless. I would recommend the audio as demo quality and the picture would be a good way to adjust the contrast on your viewing set. So, I would say that If you want a decent popcorn flick to mindlessly entertain then rent it or if you’re a fan of the Governator with big guns, then I would say to pick this one up.