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About a Boy Blu-ray

United States
Universal Studios | 2002 | 101 min | Rated PG-13 | May 01, 2012

About a Boy (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: DTS 5.1

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English SDH, Spanish

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 3.5 of 53.5
Based on 1 user review

Movie appeal

 
Comedy100%
Romance79%
Drama77%
Coming of age22%

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About a Boy

 (2002)

About a Boy Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

In London, wealthy bachelor Will Freeman and introverted, sad 12-year-old Marcus forge an unexpected friendship. Will inspires Marcus to gain confidence and style while the mature-beyond-his-years Marcus helps the carefree Will mature and embrace the responsibility of adulthood in a way he never has before.

For more about About a Boy and the About a Boy Blu-ray release, see About a Boy Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, Natalia Tena, Sharon Small
Directors: Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz

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About a Boy Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Veteran British cinematographer Remi Adefarasin (Elizabeth, Match Point, Band of Brothers) served as the DP on About a Boy, and if you listen carefully to the directors' commentary, it's apparent that the Weitz brothers worked closely with him to develop the film's visual language. The two directors repeatedly note subtleties of framing, lens selection and focus designed to reinforce the story, and it's a credit to Universal's 1080p, VC-1-encoded Blu-ray that these fine points of visual design are readily discernible.

Now that Universal has set up their own transfer facilities in-house, there is a noticeable improvement in their catalog output, and it's most evident in films like About a Boy that were released before digital intermediates became the standard for post-production. Gone are the obvious edge halos and mushy lack of detail that typically accompanied such Universal releases; these were common signs of a weak image capture due to the use of a transfer recycled from the DVD era. About a Boy on Blu-ray shows no signs of artificial sharpening and has excellent detail throughout, except in areas of the frame that are deliberately out of focus as part of the visual design. Blacks are solid, colors are drab as appropriate and bright where they should be (Rachel's presence is usually accompanied by the greatest color saturation). If you look really closely, a fine grain pattern can be seen, but Universal's approach in its new transfers seems to be governed by the same philosophy that prevails in contemporary DI suites, which is to minimize visible grain to the extent possible. This phenomenon should not be confused with so-called "DNR", because it does not result in any stripping of detail or smearing of the image; what I'm describing is an intelligent translation of the film's original grain pattern into something more "pixel-friendly". (Whether that's a good or a bad thing is a separate question.)


About a Boy Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The interplay between voiceovers and dialogue is the crucial element of About a Boy's DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, and sound effects editing takes a back seat. Rear channel activity is confined to ambiance and support for the distinctive soundtrack by Badly Drawn Boy a/k/a Damon Gough, along with several songs that play a role in the story, notably Mystikal's "Shake Ya Ass" and "Killing Me Softly with His Song" in various renditions, none of them good. It's all well-mixed and clearly rendered, but this isn't a film you put on to inspire awe and envy in your friends and visitors. Deep reflection, perhaps, and even a little grimacing, but not awe and envy.



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