AO THE LAST NEANDERTHAL blu-ray review

France Region B blu-ray

1080p Widescreen 2.39:1

French: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English

IMDB

MOVIE: 9

VIDEO QUALITY: 9.5

AUDIO QUALITY: 9.5

ENGLISH SUBTITLES: 10

EXTRAS: 8

 

I’ll be short and sweet with my review. If you are wondering why it got mixed reviews after researching the hard-to-find reviews of this film online, just ignore them and do what I did – watch the trailer. If you are intrigued or interested by what you saw in the trailer, then blind-buy this French blu-ray. This film is totally exciting, has a very emotional story, has great acting, has creative costumes and make-up, moves along at a perfect pace, is beautifully filmed, and has gorgeous cinematography. I don’t want to spoil the film for you, but basically AO THE LAST NEANDERTHAL is a cross between Mel Gibson’s APOCALYPTO and Peter Weir’s THE WAY BACK. If you liked either of those films, then you should definitely enjoy AO. The director of the movie Jacques Malaterre has filmed documentaries on neanderthals in the past, so it’s nice to see his passion for the subject be put into a full-length adventure film.

The Region B France blu-ray is practically reference quality. The video quality is so crisp and lively – I felt transported back in time thanks to this beautiful presentation. The French/Neanderthal language DTS-HD 5.1 just envelopes the room with sound and makes you merge with the film – practically perfect! The movie has great translated English subtitles – the characters speak their own language which is sometimes subtitled and sometimes not (a director’s choice), as well as a French narrator at times which is always subtitled. The extras are a making-of (mainly English audio since this film is an international production, no subs), a little documentary about neanderthals (French audio, no subs), a 1080p trailer, and some photos.

I highly recommend this film. Don’t go by the reviews of this film because I almost did not blind buy the blu-ray based on reviews. I judged the film by its trailer which well represented the film. Definitely in my top ten films of 2011!

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