Plot: What’s it about?
D’Leh (Steven Strait) is part of a tribe of peaceful hunters, but not all of the prehistoric humans are as such. A rival tribe storms into D’Leh’s tribe’s ground and begins an assault, one which D’Leh’s people weren’t prepared to deal with. The result is a slaughter and while D’Leh survived, his true love Evolet (Camille Belle) was kidnapped in the raid. D’Leh refuses to give up however and goes after his love, soon involved in an epic quest for survival. In addition to the threat of the rogue tribesman looking to kill him on sight, D’Leh has to deal with other dangerous elements, from nature to beasts and beyond. Can D’Leh somehow find his true love and rescue her, or is all too much for one man to handle?
10,000 BC is just a bad movie. Not popcorn bad, just plain bad. The kind of movie that you can’t help but bust out laughing out, because it is so awful, yet so pretentious at the same time. In other words, a terrible movie that believes it is a cinematic epic, as only director Roland Emmerich could provide. So if you want a deep, multi-layered experience about the world of early mankind, you won’t find that here. But if you want to watch countless millions of dollars flushed down the drain through poor filmmaking decisions, then 10,000 BC is worth a look. All the possible cliches are rolled out, along with interchangeable characters and paper thin plotlines, all weaved into one memorable disaster. There is some solid camp value in 10,000 BC, enough to warrant a rental, but even then, have some beers close at hand.
Video: How does it look?
10,000 BC is presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen. The movie looks excellent, with a pristine print and the kind of depth you’d expect from a new release. Almost all of the scenes show off impressive detail, even in wider shots, so this has some dynamic clarity on display. I found colors to be rich and deep also, with hues that sometimes spring right off the screen. No issues with contrast either, as black levels are stark and consistent. A few brief instances of softness do creep in, but all in all, this is a terrific looking presentation.
Audio: How does it sound?
This Dolby Digital TrueHD 5.1 option is good, but not as good as I expected. I anticipated a knockout audio design that put the speakers through the paces, but instead, this is a pretty basic presentation. The audio is clean, crisp, and never out of place, not to mention some deep, thumping bass at times. But when the mix needs to open up and move to the surrounds, the presence is never as immersive as it should be. The surround use is rather anemic, which seems odd for this kind of movie. But as I said, the audio is fine otherwise and sounds decent at all times. This disc also includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 option, French and Spanish language tracks, and subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.
Supplements: What are the extras?
An assortment of deleted scenes is available, as well as an alternate end sequence. Exclusive to Blu-ray are two featurettes, which combine to offer half an hour or so of promotional fluff. If you like to hear Roland Emmerich blather on, you’ll love these, but otherwise, they’re skippable.