H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def DVDs by Gary W. Tooze
(David Anspaugh, 1993)
Review by Gary Tooze
Feature Runtime: 1:53:59
Feature film disc size: 33.0 Gig (dual-layered)
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: September 9th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Video codec: MPEG4-AVC
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1, DUB: French: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Rudy: The Real Story (12:53 - SD)
Product Description: All his life, people have told Rudy he's not good enough, not smart enough, not big enough. But nothing can stop his impossible dream of playing football for Notre Dame. From the time he's a young boy, Rudy (Sean Astin) is determined to join the Fighting Irish. But his blue collar family only laughs at his ambitions - they know Rudy will follow his father and brothers to the local steel mill. And, for four long years after high school, he does just that. But some dreams won't die, as Rudy proves when he goes to heroic, occasionally hilarious, lengths to win admission to Notre Dame. Once there, he becomes a walk-on player, serving as little more than a human tackling dummy against the starting players. Bloodied but unbeaten, Rudy wins the respect of legendary coach Ara Parseghian and the other Irish players, who give him one shot at gridiron glory. An incredible true story from the creators of Hoosiers, Rudy is an unforgettable testament to the power of dreams and the triumph of the common man...
Underdog movies are a durable genre and never go out of style. They're fairly predictable, in the sense that few movie underdogs ever lose in the big last scene. The notion is enormously appealing, however, because everyone can identify in one way or another.
In "Rudy," Astin's performance is so self-effacing, so focused and low-key, that we lose sight of the underdog formula and begin to focus on this dogged kid who won't quit. And the last big scene is an emotional powerhouse, just the way it's supposed to be.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Surprisingly strong image considering the film is 15 years old now. Detail exhibited by the 33.0 Gig of space on the dual-layered Blu-ray produces a competent, if not always stellar, 1080P image. This is a very demonstrative improvement over the old SD edition from 2000. Although this new Blu-ray supports the football field scenes of the film with bright true colors - there are still some monochromatic scenes with noise - and even a few speckles. The transfer seems to match the film's lead character with a quiet, understated appearance that plods through the entire film. It is fairly consistent and detail occasionally reaches those profound heights fans of this new format tend to gush over. Rudy is not an overly visual feast with a straightforward storyline and some infrequent close-ups. So purchasers shouldn't expect extravagance. Bottom like is that this transfer quality is healthy enough to endorse and there is no DNR or edge enhancement that I could detect. The majority of the time it is pretty crisp, clean and film-like. The screen captures (linked to full-resolution versions) should give a fair idea of the quality.
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September 9th, 2008