Chronicle Director's Cut arrived on Blu-ray this week from Fox Home Entertainment. Having seen this in theaters and loving it, I was very excited to see what the Director's Cut had in store. Chronicle is the best entry into the found-footage genre. Josh Trank did a fantastic job of directing based on a script by Max Landis. What made the film was the story and the great cast, which includes Dane DeHaan (True Blood), Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood), Alex Russell (Almost Kings), and Michael Kelly (The Adjustment Bureau). Don’t look at this as just a superhero movie, it has a strong human element and is a great origin story for what will hopefully be more to come!
The film follows three high school students (DeHaan, Jordan and Russell) as they accidentally discover a mysterious hole in the woods, which leads to them developing out-of-this-world telekinetic powers. Their special powers control them at first, but they soon gain control of their powers. What starts off as fun and games quickly spins out-of-control.
The Director's Cut Blu-ray combo pack is full of awesome bonus content. The disc includes a deleted scene called "Matt and Casey in the Kitchen", Pre-Viz, Camera Test, the theatrical trailer, and soundtrack info. What was missing for me was audio commentary tracks by Trank, Landis or the actors. My personal favorite of the extras is the Pre-Viz. It is only shown in SD, but shows CGI animatics of some of the scenes with heavy visual effects.