Blu-Ray Review: Super 8

Super 8 Blu-Ray Combo Pack

While filming a zombie horror film on Super 8, a group of young kids witness a terrifying train crash. But the crash was not an accident. Soon, the Air Force arrives and it’s clear they have a dangerous secret they’re trying to keep when they begin lying to the local town and strange phenomenon occurs.

The story mostly follows the young filmmakers, starring Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, and Elle Fanning. All of the children do an amazing job of bringing heart and a sense of wonder and humor to this thrilling story. I don’t think the trailers did the film justice this summer. I didn’t even bother going to the theater to watch, as the trailers didn’t show any of the actual story. I regretted missing it later, after hearing friends’ glowing reviews.

JJ Abrams and Spielberg teamed up to make an impressive science fiction thriller. The backdrop of the 70s is realistically low-tech, with a similar feel to the classic 1977 Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Though, Super 8 is much more fast-paced and full of action-packed, adventure. The mystery and suspense builds to an exciting conclusion. During the credits, we are able to watch the kids’ clever “homemade” zombie film, which made sitting through the credits not only bearable, but fun.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack contents include:
– Commentary by writer/director J.J. Abrams, producer Bryan Burk and cinematographer Larry Fong
– Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
• The Dream Behind Super 8
• The Search for New Faces
• Meet Joel Courtney
• Rediscovering Steel Town
• The Visitor Lives
• Scoring Super 8
• Do You Believe in Magic?
• The 8mm Revolution
– Deconstructing the Train Crash
– Deleted Scenes

– Feature Film
– Digital Copy

There is a coupon available at, which allows users to print a coupon for $5 off the DVD or Blu-ray from 11/22 – 11/27!

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