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J. Edgar [Blu-ray]
(Clint Eastwood, 2011)
Review by Gary Tooze
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 27,663,281,488 bytes
Feature Size: 25,869,041,664 bytes
Video Bitrate: 20.44 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 21st, 2012
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3319 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3319 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (SDH), Spanish, none
• J. Edgar: A Complicated Man (12:50 in 1080P)
Description: Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception, Blood Diamond) stars as J. Edgar Hoover, head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years. Hoover was feared, admired, reviled and revered, a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted prize. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. Oscar Winner Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven) directs an all-star cast including Naomi Watts (21 Grams), Armie Hammer (The Social Network) and Oscar Winner Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love) as Hoover’s overprotective mother.
As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and... revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. Under the direction of Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the title role of "J. Edgar," a drama that explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century.
Given these matters, and the additional fact that the screenplay for Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" was written by Dustin Lance Black, who wrote "Milk," you would assume the film was the portrait of a gay man. It is not. That makes it more fascinating. It is the portrait of the public image that J. Edgar Hoover maintained all his life, even in private. The chilling possibility is that with Hoover, what you saw was what you got. He was an unbending moralist who surrounded himself with FBI straight arrows. Those assigned closest to him tended to be good looking. Agents wore suits and ties at all times. He inspected their shoeshines. He liked to look but not touch.
"J. Edgar" is a somber, enigmatic, darkly fascinating tale, and
how could it be otherwise?
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
J. Edgar is dominated by the black levels which are adeptly supported on Blu-ray from Warner. There is no indiscriminant noise on the image that borders on, and achieves, saturation. Detail has some strong moments on the AVC transferred 1080P visuals. This Blu-ray seems to support a consistent stylistic appearance that handles the period details very well. There isn't a lot of depth. This Blu-ray handles the heavy richness leaning more to a black and white film - with colors notably absent - taking a passive backseat. We can assume this was intentional and the Blu-ray looks to be extremely faithful in that regard.
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It's a fairly robust audio track utilizing a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3319 kbps. The aggression is very punchy with some violent arrests and an early explosion that export some dynamic intensity. The separation is also impressive with plenty of rear speaker exercise. The original music is by Clint Eastwood with some reminiscent jazz at the rolling end-credits - sounding superbly tight and crisp. There are optional English subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
The only extra is J. Edgar: A Complicated Man - a 13-minute featurette with interviews with the cast and filmmakers discussing the enigma of the man himself. mostly short sound-bytes but it has some interesting information on behind-the-scenes character development etc..
February 14th, 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.
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