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Introduction: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
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Gary W. Tooze
The Jewel of the Nile [Blu-ray]
(Lewis Teague, 1985)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: 20th Century Fox
Feature Runtime: 1:45:55
Feature film disc size: 33.4 Gig
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 14th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
• Commentary by director Lewis Teague
• Featurette: "Romancing the Nile - A Winning Sequel" (20:58)
• Featurette: "Adventures of a Romance Novelist" (8:01)
•Deleted Scenes (5:42 - in HD)
•Trailer in 1.33:1
•HD trailer "Jumper" (2:30)
Product Description: In the blockbuster Romancing The Stone, novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) and wanderer Jack Colton (Michael Douglas) went sailing off into the sunset together. In this thrill-packed sequel, Ralph (Danny DeVito) is back on their trail and they're back in the fast lane on a perilous trek through the fierce North African Desert. Not even treacherous tribes, deadly dungeons and seemingly endless villains can stop this trio from finding, once and for all, that mysterious "jewel." ...
`The Jewel of the Nile" is more silliness in the tradition of "Romancing the Stone," which in its turn was a funny action comedy inspired by the Indiana Jones epics. We walk into the theater expecting absolutely nothing of substance, and that's exactly what we get, served up with high style. The movie reassembles three key "Romancing" cast members - Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito - and goes on to a fourth inspired casting decision with the addition of Avner Eisenberg as a holy man of gentle goofiness.
Excerpt from Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
TheFox Blu-ray transfer seems adept with a softer palette, as compared to Romancing the Stone. This is probably how it was shot and detail doesn't suffer much because of it. It does tend to mute colors to some degree. Background noise is fairly fine but visible in monochromatic skies. The image overall is very smooth . I don't think it has as much depth as Romancing the Stone but I can't really point out any specific flaws. It looks about what one might expect for a 20+ year old film put to 1080P - perhaps a notch better than that. DP Jan de Bont shows the Moroccan landscapes looking mighty impressive and enticing at times - ditto for Miss Turner. The feature size being a healthy 33.4 Gig on the dual-layered Blu-ray. I don't see evidence of DNR or edge enhancements. You may click on the screen grabs to see the full 1080 resolution.
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October 12th, 2008