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Sleeping With the Enemy [Blu-ray]
(Joseph Ruben, 1991)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Video: 20th Century Fox
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 32,659,224,361 bytes
Feature Size: 31,721,005,056 bytes
Video Bitrate: 30.29 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: June 28th, 2011
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3330 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3330 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio German 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Italian 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Japanese 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Russian 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Czech 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Hungarian 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Thai 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Chinese 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
English (SDH), Chinese (traditional and simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, none
•Featurette (4:57- 1:33 in 480i)
•Trailer (1:51 in 480i)
Description: Hot off her success in Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts starred in this thriller about a battered wife stalked by her abusive... husband. Roberts plays Laura Burney, the wife of a rich investment counselor, Martin (Patrick Bergin). Martin appreciates his wife as a trophy, but at home he abuses her for not keeping the house as clean as he would like it. The verbal abuse descends into physical violence --so much so that Laura decides to disappear rather than live a life under Martin as a brutalized slave. Laura fakes her own death by drowning, and relocates to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she changes her name to Sara Waters. She starts a relationship with her friendly Iowa neighbor Ben Woodward (Kevin Anderson), but her happiness is short-lived. Martin has discovered that Laura has staged her drowning and is coming to Iowa to reclaim his possession.
~ Paul Brenner, All Movie Guide
Julia Roberts' first starring role since
Pretty Woman couldn't be more
of a contrast, but there's a crucial link between the two. Sleeping With
the Enemy (R) asks the question: What happens when a beautiful young
woman finds and marries her Prince Charming — and he turns out to be a
psychotic monster? The movie, a desperate-to-be-Hitchcockian thriller,
casts Roberts as Laura Burney, whose husband, the suave and presentable
Martin (Patrick Bergin), is actually a vicious, crazy, wife-beating
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Sleeping With the Enemy looks quite solid on Blu-ray from Fox. It's dual-layered with a high bitrate. Colors are fairly passive, skin tones a bit warm, but detail in close-ups is strong with a hint of depth at times. There is some even background grain but there is some noise in the darker scenes. This Blu-ray is consistent and clean without any notable flaws. I suspect it looks a lot like the film did 20-years ago.
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A flawless audio transfer with a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at a bountiful 3330 kbps supports Jerry Goldsmith's excellent score. The film itself has some effect subtleties without an abundance of aggression (some from the rocky sea and miniscule gun play at the end). It has some punchy bass and a nice higher end. There are a plethora of foreign language DUBs and subtitles options helping confirm that the disc is, indeed, region FREE.
The supplements are pretty bare-bones with only a standard featurette lasting less than 5-minutes in 480i and a theatrical trailer also in SD. Both were probably on the DVD.
June 21st, 2011
About the Reviewer: 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 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 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.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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