Fox has announced the found-footage superhero film Chronicle for Blu-Ray in May.
Found-footage has been the talk of the town in Hollywood as of late and it was only a matter of time before someone tried to re-invent the tired film-making approach. Recently, director Josh Trank did his best by adding a superhero/superpower spin on the sub-genre and gifting a few unsuspecting teens with mysterious powers.
Chronicle works as a found footage film, but it would have probably been better if it was shot traditionally. The concept is solid; it’s just the lack of sticking with the handheld stuff that ruined it for me. Trank cleverly uses his surroundings to take advantage of all possible angles when unraveling a scene, which makes things more interesting, but at the same time it makes me ask the point of it all. Why limit yourself to the found-footage sub-genre (minus the obvious financial decisions) if you’re going to break the mold and make everything look like a well-funded studio flick anyways?
That problem, mixed with the annoying characters we’re forced to follow, makes Chronicle a bit of a letdown. I didn’t hate it, but I was far from loving it.
The Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack will come with the theatrical version of the film as well as an extended director’s cut. The disc will have a 1080p video transfer and a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Here’s a full list of special features below:
- Deleted scene
- Pre-Viz and camera test
- Chronicle soundtrack info
Chronicle will street on May 15th, 2012.