I watched Cloverfield via an XBox Live download yesterday. The cost was 320 points for a normal download and 480 points for a HD download (at $20 for 1600 points this comes out to $4 for the normal download and $5 for the HD download). I decided to pay for the less expensive version since I wanted to see whether the lower priced quality looked good on a 50-inch 720p screen and since the story of the film was supposed to be shot through a camcorder, I figured less than optimal resolution on the screen wouldn’t matter. The download size was between 900 Mb and 1 Gb, and I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of obtaining the movie, and its video quality. Red Box would have been cheaper at $1 a movie rental, but I had just run the Upper Wildcat Loop at Rancho San Antonio, and I didn’t want to go to Nob Hill to get the movie. I have a few other unwatched movies around the house, but I really wanted to watch Cloverfield.
Cloverfield was fun to watch – especially the special effects portraying the destruction of New York. Jessica Lucas and Odette Yustman were also very easy on the eyes as most twenty something women living in Manhattan in movies tend to be.