Monday, September 29, 2008

Rudy Blu-ray Review

Rudy Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Video
Rudy comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video transfer, and I was quite pleased with the release. The transfer may not be amazing, but perfectly true to the source. The colors are good, and detail is quite strong. Black levels were definitely a bit lacking, but not a huge disappointment. Rudy is a solid Blu-ray presentation, providing a significant upgrade over the DVD version. 7/10.

Audio
English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio is included, also available is a French Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track. The track is definitely not amazing, but found it good overall. Dialogue is the major part of the film, and while the audio is nice and clear, it just doesn't pop. Action on the field seems to make a decent use of the surround speakers, although I was never blown away. Rudy does not sound bad whatsoever, it's just limited, and there's not much than can be done about that. Fans of the film will be pleased overall though. 7/10.

Extras
Rudy: The Real Story (12:53) (SD)
Production Featurette (3:10) (SD)
First Down With Sean Astin (1:05) (SD)
Previews (HD)
BD-Live

Extras were definitely lacking, and other than a couple of Blu-ray previews, all in standard definition. BD-Live allows you to download trailers to other Blu-ray releases, as well as previews for a few titles coming to Blu-ray soon. 2/10.

Blu-news Summary
Rudy is a fantastic film, I found the acting phenomenal, and the story was quite inspiring. It's just a feel good movie, and can't imagine many disliking the film. The Blu-ray presentation of the film is quite decent in both the video and audio department, and looks and sounds like it just can't get much better. Extras were definitely lacking, which was disappointing for such a great film. Overall Rudy is 'Recommended.'

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Classic movie for any sports fan and Shaun Astin's best film along with The Goonies.

SpartanJohnson said...

Definitely a fantastic movie, speaking of Goonies, I hope we see that on Blu-ray this year.