H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def discs by Gary W. Tooze
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.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
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Gary W. Tooze
The Contract [Blu-ray]
(Bruce Beresford, 2006)
Review by Gary Tooze
Studio: Millennium Films (Sony)
Video: First Look Pictures
Feature Runtime: 1:36:2
Feature film disc size: 20,967,770,112 bytes
Disc Size: 22,679,396,168 bytes
Average bitrate 29.01 Mbps
One single-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 2nd, 2008
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Video codec: VC-1
• Inside The Contract (21:28)
Product Description: The only thing standing between an assassin and his target is a father who must protect his son. While on a hiking trip to reconnect with his son after the death of his wife, Ray Keene (John Cusack) stumbles into a nightmare scenario of paid assassins and ex-military guns-for-hire. Frank Cardin (Morgan Freeman) is attempting to fulfill a contract to assassinate a high profile businessman when things go awry and he ends up in the custody of the U.S. Marshalls. After an ill-fated attempt by his compatriots to free him Frank finds himself in the custody of ex-lawman Ray and his son (Jamie Anderson). As the trio tries to make their way back to civilization they are relentlessly pursued by Frank's friends who are intent on freeing their leader in order to collect on the contract. But one pursuer may be more foe than friend....
Just as water always seeks its own level, some pics originally intended as multiplex fare wind up going directly to DVD. "The Contract," a formulaic thriller that never taxes the talents of toplined Morgan Freeman and John Cusack, actually managed a smattering of playdates in offshore theaters. But this underwhelming opus appears to be in its natural habitat on a TV screen, fully justifying the decision to fast-forward to vidstore shelves in the U.S. The allure of recognizable stars toiling in a popular genre may be enough to wrest modest coin from buyers and renters. After that, latenight cable beckons.
Excerpt from Variety located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
This came out in, the now defunct, HD format back in 2007 without much fanfare for the transfer. I suspect this is the same VC-1 encode and it still looks competent but remains unremarkable. A darn sight better than SD but this doesn't rival most other highly-lauded Blu-ray discs. The image is clean without manipulations that I could determine. Black levels aand contrast is decent with the majority of the film being shot outdoors. The single-layered disc (feature taking up 20.9 Gig) probably replicates the theatrical reasonably well. It can look fairly crisp at times. The Blu-ray image transfer shouldn't deter anyone from indulging if they are interested in the film.
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November 29th, 2008