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A History of Violence Blu-ray

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Blu-ray + Digital Copy New Line Cinema | 2005 | 96 min | Rated R | Feb 10, 2009

A History of Violence (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (22.49 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)

Subtitles
English, Spanish

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
Digital copy (on disc)

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Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 3.5 of 53.5
Based on 8 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
Crime86%
Thriller62%
Psychological thriller34%
Comic book-
Action-
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A History of Violence

 (2005)

A History of Violence Blu-ray offers decent video and great audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

Everyone has something to hide. This is the story of a mild-mannered man named Tom Stall who lives a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana. One night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner and becomes a local hero through this act of violence. The resulting media spotlight unwittingly changes the lives of Tom and his family in ways they never could have foreseen.

For more about A History of Violence and the A History of Violence Blu-ray release, see A History of Violence Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes, Stephen McHattie
Director: David Cronenberg

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A History of Violence Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

A History of Violence features a decent 1080p/VC-1 transfer that clearly bests the standard DVD, but still suffers from a few mindnumbing issues all its own. Once again, Warner has slathered one of their films with DNR in an effort to subdue grain and, once again, I cannot wrap my head around their reasoning. Why a 2005 production warrants such overzealous tampering is beyond me, but I suppose the Powers-That-Be are working overtime to ensure grain-haters won't have anything to complain about... except for DNR's glaring side effects. What side effects, you say? Facial textures are smudged (or eliminated, as is sometimes the case here), moving objects often exhibit slight motion smearing, and the clarity of the image's fine detail is reduced (or hindered altogether). It may not matter to someone with a 37" LCD TV, but it'll begin to bother anyone with a larger screen. As it stands, this disc boasts one of the more distracting applications of DNR I've encountered. It doesn't help that edge enhancement has been applied to the transfer as well (presumably to compensate for the softness brought on by the intrusive noise reduction). Actors, buildings, and powerlines set against Cronenberg's bleak skies are plagued by thick white halos that are distracting, to say the least.

Luckily, the remaining picture quality is impressive enough to allow the BD to improve upon its DVD counterpart. Colors are more vibrant (especially reds), skintones are more lifelike, and the palette is more naturally saturated than before. Some mediocre contrast leveling flattens the image throughout, but deep (albeit oppressive) blacks and comfortable whites inject some much-needed dimensionality into the proceedings. Even though it annoyed me to no end, I admit that detail has received a notable boost as well. Better still, I didn't catch signs of significant artifacting, swarming source noise, or bothersome banding. I can't wait for the day that studios wise up and realize post-processing nonsense like DNR and EE subvert the beauty of their films but, for now, A History of Violence offers a passable presentation that should please fans looking for improved visuals.


A History of Violence Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Thankfully, the immersive Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround track Warner has mastered for A History of Violence soothed my disappointment and slapped a smile back on my face. Far from the action-packed thriller its trailers suggest, Cronenberg's well-paced character drama is mainly populated with hushed conversations, whispered threats, and quiet locales. To that end, dialogue is crisp and perfectly prioritized, the rear speakers deliver plenty of subtle ambient effects, convincing acoustic qualities, and precise directionality. Even minor effects (a tightening garrote, shifting gravel, and the faint squeak of bed springs among them) have been painstakingly crafted to sound as realistic as possible. Moreover, the combination of these effects in a single space creates an enveloping sonic experience that has more than its share of memorable moments. While several scenes are a bit front-heavy, I continually found myself dwelling within the track's believable soundfield rather than listening to it as a casual observer.

When violence does erupt on screen, it arrives with aggressive LFE support and powerful dynamic presence. Gunfire pierces the soundscape with ease, physical blows have genuine heft and weight, and several standout sequences sound fantastic. Sure, the overall track is uneven and at-times underwhelming, but any shortcomings I encountered should be attributed to the film's reserved sound design rather than the technical prowess of its lossless audio mix. All things considered, newcomers and Cronenberg junkies should be equally pleased with everything they hear.


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