When it comes to special effects in films, it seems like with each big-budget film to release, it comes with better and more realistic effects. Nothing compares the amount of VFX in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One based on the book by Ernest Cline.
With most books-turned-into-films, there’s always gonna be some discrepancies between the two. I was one of those people who read Ready Player One before seeing the film adaptation. And after I saw the film in theatres, I was kind of disappointed but after watching it again, it made me appreciate all the hard work that went into the movie to bring the world alive.
Here’s the official synopsis for the film, according to Warner Bros.
In the year 2045, the real world is a harsh place. The only time Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) truly feels alive is when he escapes to the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spends their days. In the OASIS, you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone-the only limits are your own imagination. The OASIS was created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who left his immense fortune and total control of the Oasis to the winner of a three-part contest he designed to find a worthy heir. When Wade conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends-aka the High Five-are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS.
The film looks great from a visual standpoint, both the OASIS and the locales in the real world have a lot of detail. Ready Player One is full of colour, the avatars in the OASIS look almost realistic but also still like they’re part of a video game. I reviewed the standard Blu-ray of Ready Player One but the film is also available on 4K Blu-ray, which supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
When it comes to audio, you can really hear every detail in the film, for a more fluid audio experience. The soundtrack for the film is great and composer, Alan Silvestri (who has previously scored the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Captain America: The First Avenger and Avengers: Infinity War) truly brings the OASIS to life with his film score.
The Ready Player One Blu-ray comes with a good amount of extras. One of the features that stands out is called Game Changer: Cracking the Code, which is an hour-long documentary about the making the film.
Some other features include Effects for a Brave New World, which talks about the VFX in the film and how Steven Spielberg used VR to shoot the film.
The other features on the Ready Player One Blu-ray include:
- Level Up: Sound for the Future
- High Score: Endgame
- Ernie & Tye’s Excellent Adventure
- The ’80’s: You’re The Inspiration
Interestingly the Ready Player One Blu-ray does not include a director’s commentary which is a strange omission.
There are enough bonus features on the Ready Player One Blu-ray to keep you entertained for a few hours but not for too long.
Overall, Ready Player One is a good film with great visuals and fun to watch. The Blu-ray for the film is lacking in bonus features but the ones that are included are just enough to keep you satisfied.
- Visually stunning and detailed & colourful world
- Detailed audio and a great score
- Game Changer: Cracking the Code gives great insight into the making of the film
- Lacking in bonus features
- No DVD included in the Blu-ray combo packs