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Twelve (2010) Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Region: A
  • Discs: 1
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Blu-ray Release Date: December 28, 2010
  • List Price: $29.99

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Overall
[Rating:2.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:1.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]

Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:1.5/5]

In my mind Joel Schumacher will always be the director that ruined the original Batman franchise with a slew of silly films that put style way over substance. And that is the definition of Schumacher as a filmmaker — oodles of style, but often little in the way of any worthwhile substance. This latest supposed jaunt into the gritty world of over privileged teens is more of the same, so much so that it is really no wonder the film pretty much fell off the radar the moment it hit theatres.

Twelve assembles a cast of Hollywood’s latest crop of A-list and up-and-coming young stars including Julia Roberts’ niece Emma, Macauly Culkin’s brother Rory, Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford, and hip hop artist Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson for this adaptation of the Nick McDonell novel. The story is of rich, white Upper Manhattan teens with too much time on their hands and a penchant for partying, the central character being White Mike (Crawford), son of a business tycoon who drops out of high school after his mother dies and becomes a pot dealer to his wealthy cronies. Straddling the upper-crust world of Manhattan’s elite and Harlem, White Mike becomes embroiled in a crime investigation when his drug connection friend Lenny (Jackson), starts peddling an über-drug known as “Twelve” and kills White Mike’s cousin.

A terrible script that, rather than rely on dialogue, is weighed down by a pulpy voice over by Keifer Sutherland, hampers the film more than anything else. Twelve is, however, a beautifully shot film with eye-pleasing visuals of Manhattan at night and the elite party palaces of the privileged. But one can forget about any character development or well thought out plot devices here, everything is offered up in the cheesy voice over. I imagine no voice over would have been this “controversial” since Blade Runner, had anyone actually given a crap about this pointless film.

Video Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

Watching the highly stylized imagery of Twelve in all its vivid, pristine glory, it is almost immediately noticeable that this “film” was actually captured in HD. It was in fact captured in HD using a Red One camera and it appears on Blu-ray in its original theatrical 1.85:1 aspect ratio in an AVC/MPEG-4 1080p/24 encoding. The image looks nearly perfect with no compression issues, minimal video noise and no post processing issues. Colors pop, blacks are inky with good shadow detail and contrast ratio is strong.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

The English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack offers a lively mix that is full of atmospherics during those party scenes, a decent amount of low frequency extension, and good, clean dialogue. I don’t know I it will be the first choice enthusiasts will reach for to show of their sound systems, but it is a strong sounding mix nonetheless.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:0/5]

Unless you count Fox trailers as supplements (and I don’t) there’s nothing here to hear or see.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:2.5/5]

Pretty young stars and pretty aesthetics do not a good film make, but I guess someone forgot to tell Joel Schumacher that after his Batman & Robin fiasco. My recommendation would be to leave this one on the shelf, or only rent it in a fit of desperation.

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BestBuy.com:
Twelve - Widescreen Subtitle AC3 Dolby

Purchase Twelve on Blu-ray at CD Universe

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Overall
[Rating:2.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:1.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]

Audio Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0/5]

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