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Moby Dick [Blu-ray]
(Mike Barker, 2010)
Review by Gary Tooze
Broadcast: Gate Filmproduktion
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 46,245,018,960 bytes
Feature Size: 45,750,448,128 bytes
Video Bitrate: 27.31 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 4th, 2011
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: VC-1 Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 4074 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4074 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), none
Description: Ishmael sees his dream of a whaling voyage come true when he joins the crew of the Pequod, a sailing vessel leaving port in Nantucket. Unbeknownst to Ishmael and the mates, the Pequod s monomaniacal Captain Ahab is taking them all on a mad and personal mission to slay the great whale Moby Dick, an obsession that will open their eyes to the wonder and spectacle of man, of beast, and the inescapable nature of both.
Led by a “persuasive and compelling” (New York Times) performance from
Academy AwardŽ winner William Hurt (Children Of A Lesser God), the
miniseries features powerful dramatic performances by a cast of
celebrated actors including Golden GlobeŽ winner Donald Sutherland
(Citizen X), Academy AwardŽ nominee Ethan Hawke (Daybreakers), Gillian
Anderson (“The X-Files”), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Billy Boyd
(The Lord Of The Rings).
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Moby Dick was a 2010 mini-series running in 2 x 1.5 hour parts. Vivendi have slapped this onto Blu-ray and while probably an accurate representation of the original television broadcast production appearance - still looks modest. The lengthy feature is housed on, and almost filling, a dual-layered Blu-ray disc with no extras. It's greatest value may be in being accessible without changing to a second disc to view the entire 3 hours uninterrupted. There is some infrequently supportive detail - no real depth and contrast is at the unremarkable end. This 1.78:1 VC-1 transferred Blu-ray has no demonstrative flaws but also nothing dynamic to extol. It is representative of the feature's effects which are okay - but lack any quality that can impress.
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It's a decent track with a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 4074 kbps. There are some more impressive separations but depth is not overly abundant. I also wouldn't credit it as being particularly crisp but it serviced the mini-series adequately - if not as dynamically as some might expect. There are optional English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
None. It's a 3-hour experience if you don't break midway and while supplements could have spoke to the book, cast and production - it might have been less-appreciated.
October 6th, 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.
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Gary W. Tooze
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