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The Color of Money [Blu-ray]
(Martin Scorsese, 1986)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Buena Vista Pictures
Video: Buena Vista
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 30,455,462,621 bytes
Feature Size: 28,945,440,768 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.66 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: June 5th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 4504 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4504 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
English (SDH), Spanish, none
Description: Experience legendary actor Paul Newman in the role that earned him an Academy Award (Best Actor, 1986, The Color Of Money). Newman joins Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) in Academy Award winning Martin Scorsese’s (Best Director, 2006, The Departed) brilliant and powerful drama, The Color Of Money – now available for the first time on Blu-ray with an astonishing digital transfer. Revisiting one of his most memorable roles, Newman stars as Fast Eddie Felson from The Hustler. Eddie forms a profitable alliance with the flashy and talented young pool shark Vince (Cruise), but all bets are off when Vince’s arrogance costs them more than just a few matches. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this dazzling classic – now better than ever on Blu-ray!
Martin Scorsese's ''Color of Money'' picks up the character of
Fast Eddie Felson 25 years after he walked out of Chalkie's pool hall
into the exhausted dawn at the end of Robert Rossen's fine 1961
In the person of Paul Newman, who received an Oscar nomination for his
performance in the Rossen film, the former pool-hall hustler has aged
with remarkable grace, his physical vitality intact and his view of the
world less cynical than barroom-pragmatic.
Oscar-nominated in 1961 for his performance as pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler, Paul Newman won that award... a quarter century later when he reprised the role in The Color of Money. At the end of The Hustler, Felson was banned for life from playing the game professionally. In the intervening years, he has become what the despicable George C. Scott was in the 1961 film: a front man for younger hustlers, claiming the lion's share of the winnings. His latest "client" is arrogant young Tom Cruise, who is goaded into accepting Felson's patronage by his avaricious girl friend Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Cruise learns not only the refinements of the game, but also the dirty trickery that will help him lure in the suckers. As Cruise becomes successful on these terms, Felson seethes with jealousy, hitting the bottle and carelessly allowing himself to fall victim to another hustler. He tells Cruise to get lost, and vows to make an honest comeback. It is inevitable from this point onward that the younger and the older player will square off in a game for the biggest stakes of all: Fast Eddie Felson's self-respect. Both the original Hustler and The Color of Money were based on novels by Walter Tevis.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
I saw The Color of Money theatrically but I don't recall the image being this thick - but, of course, that was more than 25-years ago. This Blu-ray is surprisingly gritty but at the same time the noise is minimal - making me thick this is an accurate representation. This is dual-layered with an adequate bitrate. The film is dark being mostly shot in low-lit pool halls. It took a while for me to get used to the texture - but the visuals are consistent. There is some depth but it is limited. The overall impression of The Color of Money's look is one of heaviness not tightness. Those expecting a crisp, glossy appearance will see that this is neither the filmmaker's intention nor suitable for the narrative.
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The DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at a whopping 4504 kbps is a restrained powerhouse with sounds jumping to life from the crack of a freshly rack to the cornucopia of music from the iconic Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" to, more Scorsese-esque Giuseppe Verdi's "Va! pensiero". There is depth, separation and a tight high-end with the lossless capable of handling anything thrown at it from the film. There are optional English (SDH) or Spanish subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'.
Nothing but Previews.
May 31st, 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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