Eli walks alone in post-apocalyptic America. He heads west along the Highway of Death on a mission he doesn’t fully understand but knows he must complete. In his backpack is the last copy of a book that could become the wellspring of a revived society. Or in the wrong hands, the hammer of a despot. Denzel Washington is Eli, who keeps his blade sharp and his survival instincts sharper as his quest thrusts him into a savage wasteland… and into explosive conflict with a resourceful warlord (Gary Oldman) set on possessing the book. “We walk by faith, not by sight,” quotes Eli. Under the taut direction of the Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society), those words hit home with unexpected meaning and power.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Year: 2010
Release Date: June 15, 2010
Run time: 118 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50 / 1 DVD
Region: A

The Book of Eli is an amazing film for many reasons, mainly because it handles its religious themes with a intelligence and an even hand. This is NOT an action film – that is the mistake; the movie is a religious fable but not a heavy-handed fire-and-brimstone manner.

Denzel Washington stars as Eli, a man on a cross country mission in a post-apocolyptic America. People have resorted to cannibalism to survive. While Eli stops by a small relatively civilized town, he is confronted by the film’s villain played by Gary Oldman who is the leader of the town. He has been searching the countryside, looking for a special book, the book that Eli has pledged to carry across the country. The film revolves around Eli’s escape from the town, with a young girl in tow, and his journey across the country.

So that is the basic plot. There is a “surprise” ending at the end, but there is more going on than just the basic plot. The power of faith, fake religious leaders, miracles and hope are themes that are explored in this film in a very intelligent and effective manner. The Book of Eli can appeal not on the Christians, but the ideas in this movie can speak to people of any faith – or no faith. Its a very positive movie.

Its amazing that this movie was made, it really struck me on a deep emotional level. It will not be popular with the Pat Robertsons of the world due to its criticism of the misuse of religion. Some people will be far too jaded to accept this movie for what it is. I highly recommend this film to anyone.
Movie Content: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/VC-1 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. The cinematography is fantastic making you feel as a part of this apocalyptic period. This is one print that I was surprised as to how good it looked with a lot darker scenes. The image carries a muted color palette, which actually fits in well with the dark tone of the film. Black levels provide excellent depth with an inky look. Flesh tones were fairly accurate with a few scenes where they appeared a little off. Details are fantastic and this is where the film shines very well with some detailed imagery in the outfits and set design. I wasn’t expecting the print to look this good.
Video Quality: 9.5/10

This is a very atmospheric and immersive sounding film. The audio was also fantastic providing a very deep atmospheric experience. I felt much immersed from the start of the film all the way to the end. The rears provide quite a work out where sound effects panned across the speakers. Dialogue is clean through the center sounding ever so crisp.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • “The Lost Tale: Billy”
  • “Deleted Scenes” [HD]
  • “Maximum Movie Mode”
  • “Starting Over” [HD]
  • “Eli’s Journey” [HD]
  • “The Book of Eli’ Soundtrack” [HD]
  • BD-Live

Special Features: 8/10

Final Thoughts

“The Book of Eli” was a great movie and exceeded my expectations as I had a different thoughts about what this film was about while it was in theaters. The religious tones may not be for everyone and that is where this film can be something that some will not enjoy. On Blu-ray the audio and video presentations are fantastic considering that this is a muted color palette. If you enjoyed this film in the theaters, renting or purchasing on Blu-ray is the way to go…….highly recommended.
Overall Rating: 9/10