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Disclosure [Blu-ray]


(Barry Levinson, 1994)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Warner

Video: Warner Video



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

Runtime: 2:08:20.693

Disc Size: 33,702,685,985 bytes

Feature Size: 32,778,387,456 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.95 Mbps

Chapters: 44

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: March 6th, 2012



Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 4119 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4119 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Czech 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio German 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
* Dolby Digital Audio Japanese 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB



English (SDH), English, Czech, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, none



• Trailer (1:56)





Description: Sexual harassment and corporate politics provide the basis for this contemporary drama. A duplicitous female executive tries to run her ex-lover out of the company after he rebuffs her sexual advances.



The Film:

In the brave new corporate culture of "Disclosure," is Meredith's behavior truly threatening? Are there legions of saucy female executives ready to act this way? Should nice guys like Tom Sanders (Michael Douglas) be worried about falling prey to such vixens? And why on earth is Mr. Douglas, an actor known to audiences as Mr. Kinky Philanderer for his steamier roles in "Basic Instinct" and "Fatal Attraction," playing the man who is sexually harassed by Meredith but just says no?

Excerpt from Janet Maslin at the NY Times located HERE

As a thriller, this movie is effective and gripping, if occasionally contrived as a result of overplotting. However, as an examination of a pervasive societal problem, Disclosure's success is questionable. The woman-sexually-harassing-the-man situation seems suspiciously like a male knee-jerk reaction to the issue rather than the unique "twist" it is set up to be (imagine the likely differences in a Disclosure penned by a female author). An incident of relatively "benign" harassment of a woman by a man is thrown in almost gratuitously.

Excerpt from James Berardinelli at ReelViews located HERE

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

Disclosure appears strong on Blu-ray from Warner. It's dual-layered with a high bitrate and there are no visual issues to content with. Detail is solid and there is a smattering of depth. Colors are true.  There is some minor noise but I didn't find it distracting. Black levels are reasonably intense but there is no moiring. The image has no gloss. This Blu-ray exports a consistent image presentation.  It's not at the visual level of more modern fare - but seems a viable representation of the original. This Blu-ray does its job quite well - although the original production video quality won't be blowing you out of your seat.
















Audio :

The DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at 4119 kbps can surprise. Of course the Ennio Morricone score benefits the most from the lossless as the film is extensively dialogue-driven. So the music gets bold - with seething bass - and adds another layer to the HD presentation. There are optional DUBs and subtitles and my Momitsu has identified the Warner as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.


Extras :

Only a trailer. I don't suppose there is much to say although they could have had discussions about sexual harassment... or something.




Disclosure still holds up as an entertaining Hollywood suspense thriller. Levinson paces the film well and its 'plastic' qualities are less-obvious than is usual for this high-production genre. I was entertained - forgetting quite a few of the plot points from over 15-years ago. There is even a tinge of nostalgic value. Take it with a pinch of salt. Warner's Blu-ray will be the best Disclosure ever looks for your Home Theater. This has 'okay' value at a reasonable enough price.  

Gary Tooze

March 4th, 2012



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 5000 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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