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The Conjuring [Blu-ray]
(James Wan, 2013)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: New Line Cinema
Video: Warner Bros.
Region: FREE (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 31,076,280,294 bytes
Feature Size: 26,943,909,888 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.74 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: October 23rd, 2013
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3546 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3546 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
English (SDH), French, Spanish, Portuguese, none
• The Conjuring: Face-to-Face with Terror (6:39)
• A Life in Demonology (15:39)
• Scaring the '@$*%' Out of You (8:04)
Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack (expired 10/22/2015)
Description: In 1970, paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) and Ed (Patrick Wilson) Warren are summoned to the home of Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger (Ron Livingston) Perron. The Perrons and their five daughters have recently moved into a secluded farmhouse, where a supernatural presence has made itself known. Though the manifestations are relatively benign at first, events soon escalate in horrifying fashion, especially after the Warrens discover the house's macabre history.
The dread gathers and surges while the blood scarcely trickles in “The Conjuring,” a fantastically effective haunted-house movie. Set largely in 1971, it purports to tell a story based on “true case files” about a family of seven whose pastoral dream became a nightmare soon after they moved into a Rhode Island farmhouse. One day, Mom, Dad and the girls are settling into their conveniently sprawling, creaking, squeaking two-story house — the rooms quickly become a disorienting maze — and the next, they’re playing hide and creep with a mysterious, increasingly malevolent force.Excerpt from The NYTimes located HERE
“Based on a true story” (of course), The Conjuring involves
real-life supernatural investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were
involved in the Amityville saga (and were convinced it wasn’t a hoax).
Like 1979’s The Amityville Horror and its many sequels, imitators
and progenitors, Wan’s film sees a family (the Perrons; cry for them)
moving into a new old home in which various historical traumas — child
murders, witch trials — are manifesting as spooky phenomena. The
Conjuring fills its exhausting run-time with a cauldron of stirred
echoes from any number of its similarly-themed predecessors: a period
1970s setting; doors that open and close on their own; things under the
bed; a dog that won’t enter the house; crawl spaces; a cellar; a doll; a
music box; ghosts; possessions; exorcisms; secrets uncovered. Even the
bird-strike set-piece has unfortunately already been seen this year, in
Dark Skies (with which The Conjuring shares composer
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Conjuring looks excellent on Blu-ray from Warner. Shot by John R. Leonetti (The Mask, Insidious) with the, efficient, Arri Alexa - outdoor colors are bright and contrast beautifully layered. There is some natural softness. This dual-layered Blu-ray, with supportive bitrate, and the 1080P presentation is flawless. There is depth and crisp detail in close-ups. Overall a very pleasing image quality. Great art direction as well by Geoffrey S. Grimsman in maintaining the early 70's decor, clothes, cars etc.
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Warner use a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track at a strong 3546 kbps (24-bit). Slamming doors, clapping hands and other effects are rich and deep as is the score by Joseph Bishara (Insidious) which adds 'mega' intensity to the viewing. The lossless sounds excellent augmenting the film's, already high, 'scare-factor'. There are lossy foreign-language DUBs and optional subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE playable world-wide.
Three video extra - The Conjuring: Face-to-Face with Terror runs 6.5 minutes spending some time with the, actual, Perron family and A Life in Demonology focuses on the real-life Lorraine Warren and Ed Warren and is the highlight of the supplements running over 1/4 hour. Very interesting. We also get Scaring the '@$*%' Out of You for 8-minutes and the package has a digital copy code - that is expired at the writing of this review.
October 25th, 2016
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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