S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Barry Levinson, 1994)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Warner Video
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 33,702,685,985 bytes
Feature Size: 32,778,387,456 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.95 Mbps
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.
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.
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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.
Only a trailer. I don't suppose there is much to say although they could have had discussions about sexual harassment... or something.
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.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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