Friday, October 31, 2008

The Amityville Horror Blu-ray Review

The Amityville Horror Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Video
The Amityville Horror comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video transfer. The presentation is a mixed bag, but I didn't find it too bad. There were a few scenes that did look quite terrible, but were brief. The majority of scenes did have some good detail, and black levels were usually quite deep. The transfer was quite soft, but colors were pretty solid. The Amityville Horror is definitely won't impress, but overall I was pleased with the outcome. It's just one of those films that I couldn't imagine looking much better. 7/10.

Audio
MGM has included a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track for the release, unfortunately it is very mediocre. The track felt very cheap, but a quick comparison with the DVD still had that same cheap feel. Dialogue was always easy to hear, but it never felt nice and clear as experienced with most lossless Blu-ray releases. Overall it felt like the source couldn't get much better, as it's very limited. 5/10.

Extras
The Amityville Horror Theatrical Trailer (2:29) (HD)

Blu-news Summary
The Amityville Horror is a very creepy film, very disturbing and very scary. I enjoyed the film quite a bit, but I can see the film being a mixed bag for many people. Regardless the film is considered a classic 70s horror flick that will go down in history and viewed for many many many years to come. The Blu-ray release is weak overall, with video being more impressive than the audio. The extras are definitely lacking, and let's hope this is one of the last discs to feature little to no extras from MGM. Overall the Blu-ray release is 'A Solid Rental.'

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