This one was an odd one to review. I have been a comic fan
for many years and even ran a comic shop for four years. I was anticipating
this title for some time and hoping for the best. On first viewing, I was left
feeling somewhat deflated, although I had thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It
took some thought, and finally I worked out why the movie didn't kick me in
the guts to the extent that it should have... It quite simply tries too hard
to give too much to the audience and the comic creators who worked on
Daredevil the comic.
I'll give you the lowdown on this one
without really destroying the movie for you. Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) is
Daredevil, a vigilante who lost his sight at an early age when radioactive
fluid spilled over him. Naturally in comic world, when radioactive fluid
spills on you, instead of making you really sick and dying, you gain
super-powers. In this particular case Matt's remaining senses are heightened
to such a degree that sound acts like a sonar for him, allowing him to "see"
objects based on the resonance they make. When something such as rain happens,
the altered sense he has been given is heightened even further. With advanced
hearing like this he takes refuge in an isolation tank in order to sleep.
After his father is killed for refusing to
take a fall during a boxing match, the young Murdock vows to protect the
innocent and becomes a successful lawyer by day and the vigilante Daredevil by
night. His domain is Hell's Kitchen in New York and none dare to risk his
wrath. None other than the notorious Kingpin of crime Wilson Fisk and his
hired assassin Bullseye. Now I'll stop as otherwise I'll rip what little is
left of the storyline away from you.
As far as video transfers go, this one is a
crisp and clear treat for every television out there waiting to play this
movie. You can see every in the movie and all the shadows are displayed
crystal clear so movement within shadows can be easily defined as well. There
is a problem however with this degree of detail and that is that we can see
all the faults in the movie's computer generated images (CGI). There are a
couple of cringe worthy moments when the mistakes are glaringly obvious and
character movement quite simply look unnatural.
Audio is magnificent as well, truly making
the disc shine as an interactive experience for those of you lucky enough to
have a surround set up, (and believe it or not you can get one for under $500
nowadays that will do the trick) as this will certainly change the way you
watch and hear your movies! A Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 soundtrack option
will have your own senses tickling as the movie explodes to life in your
The amount of extras on these DVDs will
absolutely floor you and the nice thing is that they are all very enjoyable as
well. For the most part, the stuff that is on disc one does reiterate itself
on occasion, however it's good that so many different ways of viewing the
movie were even offered, and each of them provides a real insight into how the
film was created.
The second disc is where the disc is most
full of meat and is divided into two sections, the movie and the comic book.
By selecting one or the other, you get a variety of options to choose from
that should ensure many hours of entertaining and informative viewing. This is
where the disc becomes a lot of fun for everyone as it is so packed full of
detail that both movie buffs and comic fans should both be more than satisfied
with what is on offer.
Despite it's flaws, (and it does have a
few) Daredevil is a well packaged 2 disc set that will provide many many hours
of pleasurable viewing. Don't expect too much of the storyline and you will
most certainly enjoy it all the more.
Beyond Hell's Kitchen: Making of Daredevil
The Men Without Fear: The Art of Daredevil
Featurette: Shadow World
Featurette: Featured Villain: The Kingpin
Five Modelling Sheets
Daredevil: HBO first look Special
Six Multi Angle Scenes
Featurette: Moving Through Space - A Day with Tom
Jennifer Garner Screen Test
Stills Gallery with over 450 images
Three Daredevil Theatrical Trailers
Three Music Videos