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Jade [Blu-ray]


(William Friedkin, 1995)







Theatrical: Paramount

Blu-ray: LionsGate



Region: A (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:34:45.680

Disc Size: 24,160,144,636 bytes

Feature Size: 23,523,256,320 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.99 Mbps

Chapters: 16

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: April 6th, 2010



Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 4336 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4336 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)



English (SDH), English, Spanish, none



• Theatrical Trailer



The Film:

Though the combination of Linda Fiorentino, Chazz Palminteri and David Caruso promised "Jade" some fire, it winds up with no more spark than a doused campfire. That may be because the more significant threesome here is Robert Evans (producer), William Friedkin (director) and Joe Eszterhas (smut-obsessed screenwriter), joining forces to give some desperate kinks to an otherwise unremarkable mystery.

Excerpt of review from Janet Maslin located HERE


Image:   NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Although I haven't ever seen the DVD release of William Friedkin's "Jade", I doubt that this new BD is a significant improvement image wise. Even with a MPEG-4 AVC transfer, the image is still soft, with low degrees of contrast and clarity. Even worse, while there is a fair amount of grain on the transfer (definitely a good thing), the grain here appears far too excessive at many points throughout the film, seems at its worst when its focused on fleshtones, and definitely rises to the level of digital noise. To be sure, given the BD encoding this is likely an improvement over the SD, but given the limitations of the transfer, I don't think that you'll need to upgrade if you already own the SD.














Audio & Music:

The news is better on the audio front. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, isn't going to be mistaken for the best that the format can achieve, but it still a competent and acceptable HD audio track without any unwanted background noise or evidence of manipulation. The optional subtitle tracks are very nicely done and don't interfere with the image on the screen.



Again the extras come as a major disappointment, including only a theatrical trailer. After doing a little bit of research, it seems that there was an unrated version of the film on VHS with an additional 10 minutes of footage and an alternate ending (the film's original ending was one of its weakest points). It would have been great to have these included on the disc, but alas, like the SD, they're absent.



Bottom line:

While I wasn't a fan of the film, I don't think that it's the nadir of Friedkin's career as some critics seem to believe. That being said, both the visuals and the extras are big disappointments here, so I can only recommend passing on this one, even if you're a fan of the film.






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