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'Europa Report' [Blu-ray]
(Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz, Sharlto Copley, et al / Blu ray / NR / 2012 / Magnolia)

Overview: When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa's icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discovery.

Blu ray Verdict I've seen only a handful of movies over the years that have blown me away. Most of those are now labeled as `classics' in the world of film, and rightfully so; the films in that category are just as visually brilliant as they are in dramatic appeal. I'm proud to announce EUROPA REPORT should be added to that canon of titles. This is an amazing film and is a Must See of 2013!

One of the aspects that impresses me the most about this film is the attention to actual scientific detail. The premise of an ocean existing under the ice layer is one that NASA has recently speculated upon and, like one of the scientists in the film states, we (as a species) have always found life where we have found water. This makes for interesting speculative science and excellent science-fiction.

'EUROPA REPORT' is shot very well and looks visually stunning onscreen. The CG is integrated flawlessly into the film, giving it a huge boost of credibility and allowing the audience full immersion into the tension. With broad, vivid depictions of the ship and the planets themselves, the imagery of the film is half the reason to watch it.

The taut premise is the other half. There's plenty of drama to go around in the film, and it starts pretty much from the opening scenes. Director Sebastian Cordero does a masterful job of blending current story with backstory, and the result is a well thought-out and tightly knit plot. It never once lags nor strays from where it should go.

I LOVED the ending of 'EUROPA REPORT' and I think it fits perfectly into the film. I've read other reviews from folks that said they didn't like it, but maybe they didn't understand it. For me, it sealed the deal on this epic picture. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and the Special Features of:

Deleted Scenes
Visual Effects
Theatrical Trailer