“Flatliners” is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Jan De Bont’s cinematography and varying illumination for each sequence play a major role in how memorable the film is. The high-definition upgrade strikes that point home even harder with a clean picture that doesn’t lose its original “real” film charm. I didn’t find anything bothersome about the Dolby Digital sound. The dialogue, musical score, and atmosphere noises all blended well together.
This is the part of the review where I describe all the great special features included in the latest Blu-ray release of “Flatliners.” The problem is there weren’t any. I can’t believe no one could find some old “Making of” footage or even a few theatrical trailers and TV spots to tack on as bonus material.
“Flatliners” is rated R for violence, language, adult situations, and nudity. It gets a bit brutal in some places, but nowhere near like most movies today. Without the unnecessary nudity, this very well could have been PG-13.
Boasting a great line-up of actors who went on to do great things, “Flatliners” captures them in all their fresh-faced glory. It’s a melodramatic thrill ride that draws you back for multiple viewings. Although some of the horrors the group members bring back from their near-death experiences seem silly, the concept as a whole is endearing. The gothic settings, dark ambiance, and elegant lighting add more reasons for you to re-visit the film or see it for the first time.
"Flatliners" is available now on Blu-ray.