Monday, September 28, 2009

Misery Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 33.8 GB
Film Size: 33.4 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: A

Misery comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation, the release looks very good, and I am happy to report MGM left the high-def presentation alone, and allowed it to retain it's grainy look. There are no signs of DNR or edge enhancement present on this release, allowing this release to look natural and filled with fantastic detail.

The release also features a good upgrade from the DVD included with the release, sporting a drastic improvement in sharpness and detail when compared. Colors also felt a bit richer and just more solid in general than the DVD.

The film looks much better than I had anticipated to be honest, and fans of the film will be very pleased with the high-def release and improvement. 8.5/10.

A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included that is quite aggressive and fitting. The mix is quiet like the film, but when the film gets aggressive the track certainly gets aggressive as well.

I love when tracks truly enhance the experience, and I feel Misery's DTS-HD MA track did just that. Dialogue was front and center, crisp and clear. The film's effects used the front left and right speakrs, while the film's beautiful and creepy music expands into the surround area.

The mix we get with this release is the same one present on the DVD, and while the difference doesn't always sound drastic it's certainly improved from the lossy track found on the DVD. I never found the DTS-HD MA mix underwhelming, and it kept me immersed in the film from beginning to end, which is the most important part of a surround track. 8/10.


Blu-ray Note: Unfortunately the Blu-ray disc itself does not have any extras, not even a theatrical trailer.

DVD Copy of the film
MGM has included a DVD copy of the film though, which does include all the extras that are missing on the Blu-ray release. So it's not a total loss, as the extras would have been standard definition regardless of format. The DVD inclusion is a welcome bonus that I hope studios begin to include more and more.

Blu-news Summary
Misery is finally on Blu-ray, and I couldn't be happier about this. I have always enjoyed Misery, I could go as far as saying I loved the film. Kathy Bates provides a performance that will not be soon forgotten as the terror of the film, Annie Wilkes.

I can't rave enough about the acting though, it was terrific, and created a scary film out of a less than scary situation. The film doesn't depend on mysterious kills throughout the film, demons and/or killer dolls, it's just a woman filled with obsession. Something that could have been so underwhelming turned into your worst fear.

The Blu-ray release itself is very good, featuring a very nice video and audio experience. Extras are included on the bonus DVD disc, saving the overall score. Misery is such a great film, and the Blu-ray does not disappoint, 'Highly Recommended.'

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