Thursday, January 15, 2009

Vicky Cristina Barcelona Blu-ray Review

Vicky Cristina Barcelona Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 20.7 GB
Film Size: 20.1 GB
Film Rated: PG-13

Video
Vicky Cristina Barcelona comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The film looks very nice and natural, but does include a warmer look than most films. That said though, it looks very nice in high-definition. Colors are nice and vibrant, and detail is very impressive as well. Detail was strong for the most part, although a few scenes tended to be a bit more out of focus, and one night-scene in particular looked to be standard definition quality, but that has to do more with the source than the actual high-def transfer. It looks very beautiful, but it does have it's flaws. 8.5/10.

Audio
A 3 channel PCM uncompressed audio track is included and sounds quite nice. The film's dialogue and narration sounds nice and clear, front and center. The film's score and few audio effects come through the left and right front speakers, sounding very nice as well. The film has a unique style given in all aspects, and the audio presentation is no different. It's certainly not bad though. 7/10.

Extras
No extras are included, but not unexpected seeing as this is a Woody Allen film.

Blu-news Summary
Vicky Cristina Barcelona was such an entertaining film, and quite funny as well. To say it's genius would be a bit much, but the film just flows perfectly, and the cast is fantastic. We have top notch performances from everyone in the film, and it was definitely more surprising than I had expected. It's just unique and fresh, while being very natural and fun at the same time. I would definitely suggest you give it a rent at very least.
The Blu-ray presentation is quite nice, with impressive video, and a well-fit audio track. Like other Woody Allen films, there are no extras, not even the theatrical trailer on this release. Fans of the film should pick up the Blu-ray release without hesitation, and to all others it's definitely 'Recommended.'

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