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Daylight (HD DVD)
Universal // PG-13 // June 12, 2007 // Region 0
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Review by Matthew Hinkley | posted July 2, 2007 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Sly Stallone is the man...there is no arguing that he has a few absolutely fantastic films. Then came along "Daylight," a film about "survival" as Director Rob Cohen puts it. It isn't an action movie...it is a survival movie at its heart.

When an explosion caves in a tunnel connecting New York to New Jersey, a group of survivors ban together with the help of limo driver/ex-emergency medical services chief Kit Latura (Sly Stallone). Struggling to survive, they must figure out a way to reach the surface to make it out alive. With explosions...flooding...and hypothermia, the survivors have their hands full with all sorts of dangerous situations.

Director Rob Cohen brings his life experiences to the big screen with "Daylight." He tells us in the features that he had a "similar" experience, and almost died in a fire. "Daylight" to him is much more then an action move...it is a survival film that isn't about guns and bad guys. It is about survivors banding together, to make it through something terrible.

Sure, "Daylight" is a run of the mill "survivor" story. It is an easy to watch, fast paced, and highly predictable flick. Stallone does a good job taking the lead and making us feel for the survivors. His character can actually draw us in enough to start to feel for the terrible things that are going on. Sure, it's cheese ball, the acting isn't the greatest...and most of the characters are hard to care about. "Daylight" ends up being merely a fun flick...as long as you see it as something to sit back and relax to.

The DVD

Video:

"Daylight" struggles to impress with this release. There are some nice skin tones, and the fire sure pops but the rest of the video is on the rough side. The overall picture is soft and the blacks aren't spot on...they actually lean more towards dark gray. As far as the color goes, except for the fire and explosions, the colors are very bleak, and just don't "pop" at us. Detail is normal...nothing to hop, skip, and dance about. Unfortunately this release is far from perfect and will definitely not help with the purchase of this one.

Sound:

Here we get a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Thankfully this track is a little better than the video quality. The surrounds are decent, but nothing special, and the audio fits well with the action in the movie. There are a couple times when the audio seems a little muffled during some explosions and intense action. The explosions are weak, and the low-ends just don't seem to be there completely. So, overall, the sound is just barely better than the video.

Extras:

The Making of Daylight: Here we get a fairly long feature that highlights several cast and crewmembers talking about how absolutely amazing their roles are and how amazing the movie was. Sure they are biased, but it is by far the best special feature on the disc. They do end up going into more details about the film, creating scenes, location, shooting, and explosions.

Commentary with Director Rob Cohen: Here we get a very blah track that Cohen just goes on and on about technical details. He does seem to amuse himself at times, and causes himself to chuckle which made me chuckle along with him. He breaks down every scene in detail, so if your into that...then listen...if not, then this is a must skip.

The Featurette: A short promotional style piece. Nothing much to see here.

Music Video: "Whenever There is Love," with Donna Summer & Bruce Roberts.

Final Thoughts:

Okay, "Daylight" is not a good flick, I admit that...but there is something about it that just makes it a little bit of a guilty passion. Stallone is fun, entertaining, and he is Stallone...that's all he needs. The acting is not so great, the picture sure isn't good, and the audio is fine. The features...go ahead and skip 'em. So unless you are a big fan, skip this one.

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