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Dare

Blu-ray

  • Score: 50

    from 2 reviewers

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  • Dare offers a refreshing substance in the teen drama genre, but its Blu-ray pales with muddy visuals and poor audio, making it rental material at best.

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    DTS-HD MA

  • Video: 50

  • The 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer for "Dare" on Blu-ray is disappointingly weak, marred by chunky grain, noticeable softness, and absent fine detail, making it barely distinguishable from a DVD. While colors are somewhat vibrant, black levels and contrast suffer significant issues, with technical glitches further detracting from the visual experience.

  • Audio: 53

  • Dare's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is dialogue-centric, with crisp and clear vocals but minimal use of surround channels, resulting in a lack of immersive sound design. Environmental ambience and LFE are scarce, with music delivering some low-end kick but overall underwhelming audio performance.

  • Extra: 53

  • "Dare" Blu-ray extras provide insightful commentary and thematic discourse by director Adam Salky and writer David Brind, the foundational short film, deleted scenes that illustrate pacing decisions, Emmy Rossum's intense audition, and the theatrical trailer, all in standard definition.

  • Movie: 55

  • "Dare" is a nuanced exploration of adolescent sexuality, void of typical clichés, featuring a divisive love triangle between Alexa, Ben, and Johnny. The film delves deeply into the complexities of teen emotions and identity, with standout performances by Emmy Rossum and Zach Gilford, though occasionally hampered by rushed character development and strained dialogue.

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