S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(Martin Scorsese, 2011)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Paramount Pictures
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 44,769,326,145 bytes
Feature Size: 35,784,517,632 bytes
Video Bitrate: 28.08 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 28th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 4894 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 4894 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
English (SDH), English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, none
• Shoot the Moon - The Making of 'Hugo' (19:48 in 1080P)
•The Cinemagician: Georges Meliés (15:40 in 1080P)
• The Mechanical Man at the Heart of Hugo (12:45 in 1080P)
• Big Effects, Small Scale (5:55 in 1080P)
•Sacha Baron Cohen: Role of a Lifetime (3:33 in 1080P)
Description: Welcome to a magical world of spectacular adventure! When wily and resourceful Hugo discovers a secret left by his father, he unlocks a mystery and embarks on a quest that will transform those around him and lead to a safe and loving place he can call home. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese invites you to experience a thrilling journey that critics are calling “the stuff that dreams are made of.”
Twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity.... But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train station, Hugo's undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy.
Mr. Scorsese’s fidelity to Mr. Selznick’s original story is very nearly complete, though this is also, emphatically, his own work. Gracefully adapted by John Logan, the movie involves a lonely, melancholic orphan, Hugo (Asa Butterfield), who in the early 1930s tends all the clocks in a Parisian train station. Seemingly abandoned by his uncle, the station’s official timekeeper (Ray Winstone), Hugo lives alone, deep in the station’s interior, in a dark, dusty, secret apartment that was built for employees. There, amid clocks, gears, pulleys, jars and purloined toys, he putters and sleeps and naturally dreams, mostly of fixing a delicate automaton that his dead father, a clockmaker (Jude Law), found once upon a time. The automaton is all that remains of a happy past.Excerpt from Manohla Dargis at the NY Times located HERE
"Hugo" is unlike any other film Martin Scorsese has ever made,
and yet possibly the closest to his heart: a big-budget, family epic in
3-D, and in some ways, a mirror of his own life. We feel a great artist
has been given command of the tools and resources he needs to make a
movie about — movies. That he also makes it a fable that will be
fascinating for (some, not all) children is a measure of what feeling
went into it.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Hugo appears pristine on Blu-ray from Paramount. The 1.78:1 1080P dual-layered image quality is bright, detailed and has impressive contrast. The layering of blues is notable and there is less than a hint of digital noise. Close-ups produce sharp detail and the frequent effects are reasonably seamless. I can find no flaw with the presentation. There is an adventurous buoyancy to the fantastical visuals. This Blu-ray shows some depth and supports the magnificent art direction expertly. This high bitrate offers a brilliantly captivating presentation.
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The robust audio - a DTS-HD Master 7.1 at a healthy 4894 kbps, matches the impressive video. Separations have both subtle mixing and dynamic strength bursting from the rear speakers. I found the front channel a bit weak but the effects never over-powered the dialogue. Howard Shore's score and the classical tracks sprinkled throughout support the film beautifully in lossless. There is some bass depth and a restrained, delicately rendered, high-end. There are some foreign-language DUBs and subtitle options and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
There are close to an hour's worth of video supplements including a 20-minute Making of... entitled Shoot the Moon and a nice overview piece on Meliés; The Cinemagician: Georges Meliés running 15-minutes, plus The Mechanical Man at the Heart of Hugo about the 'automaton' in the story, a piece called Big Effects, Small Scale for 6-minutes and a very funny interview segment called Sacha Baron Cohen: Role of a Lifetime. No commentary but some viable information and this package contains a DVD (including Digital Copy for use with your portable device) and there is another Blu-ray HERE that contains a 3-D 1080P disc as well.
February 19th, 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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Gary W. Tooze
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