Cube (1997) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Vincenzo Natali
Starring: David Hewlett, Nicole de Boer, Maurice Dean Wint
Rated: M/Region B (Will play in A)/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from ViaVision Films
Seven complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in a cubic maze containing deadly traps and must work together to find a way out.
Somewhere in the middle of SAW 2 and Battle Royale is where you find a movie like Cube. A movie where a group of people are tossed into a giant Cube that also doubles as a death trap. Now, if they could work together and use the talents each apparently have, these strangers could probably work their way out of this mess, but if they did that we wouldn’t have a movie now would we? Sooner than later we have everyone at one another’s throats and paranoid and mistakes are made and that’s when the bodies pile up, well what few bodies we have. I dug Cube. I had never seen it before despite it being a film from 1997 that’s now getting a 20th Anniversary Blu-ray Editon from Via Vision Films out of Austrailia. The movie isn’t the most gore-filled thing you’ll ever run across but we do have some neat traps in sections of the cube that bring some cool results. Even if we are dealing with some questionable 1997 CGI at times.
While watching Cube might remind you of some newer films now. I have a feeling this movie was a big influence for a number of films to come. Like the above mentioned SAW 2. I think that might be the film that draws the most from this one at times. Sure, overall the plots are a lot different, but if you look into things you’ll notice a lot of the same themes and structure in a number of areas. At the end of the film, this is a movie that gives you a few more questions than answers but that is why you need to probably seek out the other films like I need to after seeing this one. Via Vision does a great job with this release as far as the look of the transfer goes. We also have some cool extras like an audio commentary and an interview. Perhaps you’d expect more of a making-of feature, but outside of the lack of something like that the release otherwise impresses. And as a first-time viewer of the film, I can tell you that the film is pretty fun as well.
– Audio Commentary with Cast and Crew
– Interview with Nicole de Boer
– Story-board Sequences
Quality of Transfer: 92%