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December 5, 2010
Cube/Cypher Blu-Ray Review
Cinema Release Blu-Ray Release Distributor Director
None6/10/2010IconVincenzo Natali
Video Codec Sound Format OFLC Rating Star(s)
VC-1DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1MNicole de Boer, Nicky Guadagni (Cube)
Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu (Cypher)

Cube is a low-budget horror movie...

Double feature Blu-Ray packs are becoming more prevalent as the format begins to become more popular and Icon has bundled together two movies from director Vincenzo Natali, Cube and Cypher, the director who recently worked on the horror film Splice.

Cube: Cube is movie with a basic premise, a bunch of strangers wake up in a cube shaped room with hatches. None of the strangers know how they got into the cube, or why they are there, so they decide to try and find a way out together.

As the strangers find their way around the cube they realise the huge scale of the Cube and they struggle to find a way out. We don't want to ruin the ending to Cube, but as it is a horror film this isn't the type of movie with an overly happy ending.

... but quite an effective one.
Cypher: Cypher is what happens when the director is given a bigger budget. Cypher is a very clever film about an unemployed accountant called Morgan Sullivan, who is bored with his life.

Morgan Sullivan goes into the world of corporate espionage, but it turns out that all is not as it seems within the corporation. Morgan Sullivan meets Rita (played by Lucy Liu) who helps to expose the secrets of the corporation. Cypher is a very clever movie, it requires full concentration and is a movie completely driven by the plot, it's a wonderful movie and it's very surprising that the movie wasn't more critically acclaimed upon its release.

Cube: While Cube is an older movie it manages to scrub up remarkably well on Blu-Ray with decent a 16:9 presentation. The world of Cube is small and claustrophobic, and has plenty of darker scenes, but for such an old film Cube looks very good on Blu Ray.

Another screenshot from Cube...
Cypher: This is certainly a dark film, with only a few colours, but when those colours do appears this transfer looks very impressive indeed. One need only look at the green shot that Morgan Sullivan takes. The video quality is very good and the dull colourless world of Cypher looks great on the film.

In terms of audio options, both Cube and Cypher have a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 transfer, with audio hovering around 3.8Mbps throughout Cube and 2.3Mbps throughout Cypher. We tested out the English language subtitles on both Cube and Cypher and they were very solid, with few mistakes.

The audio differs for both films. Cube is a movie that has very few sound effects and where the lack of sound is often a sign that something horrific is about to happen, whereas Cypher contains a lot more background noise, music and sound effects. The Master Audio track on both films is solid.

Cypher is a surprisingly good movie
From the main menu you can select which movie to play and that is it. There is no short cut to scene selection or anything like that included, which is probably not a surprise considering they squeezed two movies onto one Blu-Ray disk. From the pop up menu you can select to change the film and that's it.

Both Cube and Cypher are decent films and so this compilation disk is good value for two movies that have been overlooked, as you're getting 2 movies for the price of one this double pack is definitely worth considering.

Review By: Luke Van Leuveran

Cube: 7/10
Cypher: 8/10

Note: All images in this article are Copyrightę Icon Films. They are only indicative of the movie and not sourced from the vastly superior Blu-Ray disc format.