And, as in the four films to preceded this one, Death has a habit of magically removing the characters skeletal structures and replacing them with gelatinous goo; viscous bodily sewage that shoots everywhere once the slightest bit of pressure is applied. The fatalities in this (final?) chapter are just as goofy as some of the ones we’ve seen previously — ranging from fatal acupuncture and lethal laser eye surgery. The kids in the starring roles here — Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Miles Fisher, Ellen Wroe, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Arlen Escarpeta, and P.J. Byrne — turn in performances ranging from tepid to downright awful, while the only notable real performers cast are co-stars David Koechner, Courtney B. Vance, and Tony Todd (the latter of whom reprises his role of the creepy coroner seen in several other series entries), though they aren’t given nearly enough to do (especially Todd, who’s character is left undefined once again).
Interestingly enough — despite this was released to theaters in 3D — Warner Home Video has given us with a standard 2D version of this on home video (there is a Blu-ray 3D version available, but as one of those damn Best Buy Exclusive things). That said, the film is presented in a lush 2.40:1 widescreen presentation with a lively English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 in the lead, and French, Spanish, and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks also on-hand, and optional English (SDH), French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. The only special features here are two alternate death scenes (which are basically what were seen in the finished film right until the end, wherein we witness something not nearly as interesting), a promotional featurette, and two split-screen comparisons of the film’s many, many CGI moments. The Blu-ray/DVD Combo comes with an Ultraviolet Digital Copy download code.
In short: Final Destination 5 isn’t as completely horrendous as you’d expect. It is a step up from some of the other chapters we’ve seen come from this franchise, though that’s really not saying much, I suppose.