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Fight Club

Blu Ray

  • Score
    73
    from 2 reviewers
  • Fight Club Blu-ray impresses with enhanced visuals, powerful audio, and innovative features.

    Fight Club Blu-ray Front Cover
    1999
    139 min
    R
    DTS-HD MA
  • Video
    71
  • Black levels on the Blu-ray are rich, adding depth, despite slight crush, and despite Fox's claims, Fincher's involvement seems minimal, aside from an Easter Egg.

  • Audio
    78
  • The film's sound design skillfully amplifies the action with dynamic, impactful effects and immerses the audience in every scene with meticulous ambience.

  • Extra
    66
  • The re-release includes familiar bonus features, plus new additions like an interactive audio featurette, yet lacks deeper retrospectives or insights into post-'Fight Club' industry impact.

  • Movie
    71
  • The audience embodies the ego balancing Durden's wild id and Jack's super-ego, yet the movie's strict loyalty to Palahniuk's text is marred by puzzling deviations.

    DTS-HD MA

    Director: David Fincher

    Actors: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf

    Plot

    The film follows the life of a disillusioned and insomniac office worker desperate to escape the monotonous routine of his white-collar job. His search for meaning leads to chance encounters with a charismatic soap salesman and the formation of an underground fight club. The club is born out of a desire to experience something real amidst the numbing constraints of modern society. It starts as a form of primal therapy for men to release their frustrations through bare-knuckle brawling. The physical altercations serve as a cathartic release, and the club quickly gains popularity, spreading to multiple cities.

    As the protagonist becomes more entrenched in the club's activities, he forms a complex relationship with the salesman and meets an enigmatic woman who complicates his life further. The fight club's ethos starts to evolve beyond the mere act of fighting, developing into a subversive subculture with its own anti-materialistic philosophy. This philosophy begins to spiral into something far more dangerous and anarchistic than the protagonist initially envisioned, threatening to upend not only his own sanity but also the very fabric of society. The questions of identity, purpose, and self-destruction become increasingly pertinent as he navigates the chaotic world he has become a part of.

    Disc Release Date: 17 November 2009

    All Scores & Reviews

    Blu-ray.com review by Casey Broadwater
    • Video
      90
    • Likewise, black levels are dense and deep, prompting a bit of intentional crush here and there, but generally giving the image a satisfying sense of presence....

    • Audio
      100
    • The sound design throughout the film is consistently engaging and immersive, delivering ear-shattering blows when called for and bringing quieter scenes to life with subtle, place-establishing ambience....

    • Extra
      80
    • The bulk of the bonus features here are identical to those on the 2-disc special edition DVD, but there are few additions to sweeten the deal, including an interactive audio featurette, an acceptance speech...

    • Movie
      80
    • Ultimately, if Tyler Durden is the out-of-control id and Jack's former life represents the restraint of the socially conscious super-ego, then I think that we, the audience, must serve as the ego, finding...

    • Total
      90
    • There's not much in the way of new supplementary material, but with a visual boost in clarity and a sonic pummeling�courtesy of a lossless audio track�this Blu-ray release of Fight Club is a heavy hitter,...

    High-Def Digest review by Drew Taylor
    • Video
      80
    • While Fox claims that David Fincher was deeply involved with the production of this Blu-ray, his involvement isn't really apparent anywhere (save for a cute Easter Egg I'll get to in a minute)....

    • Audio
      100
    • The fight scenes are brutal, with the surround sound coming to life not only with the thwacks and cracks of the violence but with the sound of the spectators huddled around watching the blood sport....

    • Extra
      70
    • There are a couple of new special features, but nothing in the way of retrospective documentaries - I would have loved a feature about the post-'Fight Club' fallout like then-Fox head Bill Mechanic getting...

    • Movie
      90
    • Also, while the movie often adheres too rigidly to the Chuck Pahlniuk novel of the same name, there are some deviations that make little-to-no sense (the dramatic scale is lessened when the final denouement...

    • Total
      90
    • While the Blu-ray retains all of the special features from the groundbreaking 2000 DVD, it does add some interesting features, including a borderline revolutionary Google-y search feature that could be...