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Adventures in Babysitting Blu-ray

United States
25th Anniversary Edition Disney / Buena Vista | 1987 | 102 min | Rated PG-13 | Aug 07, 2012

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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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

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Video 3.9 of 53.9
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 0.5 of 50.5
Based on 7 user reviews

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Comedy100%
Teen38%
Adventure-
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Adventures in Babysitting

 (1987)

Adventures in Babysitting Blu-ray delivers great video and decent audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

Chris Parker agrees to babysit after her date stands her up. Expecting a dull evening, Chris settles down with three kids for a night of TV...and boredom. But when her frantic friend Brenda calls and pleads to be rescued from the bus station in downtown Chicago, the evening soon explodes into an endless whirl of hair-raising adventures.

For more about Adventures in Babysitting and the Adventures in Babysitting Blu-ray release, see Adventures in Babysitting Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D'Onofrio, Penelope Ann Miller, Bradley Whitford, Anthony Rapp, George Newbern
Director: Chris Columbus

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Adventures in Babysitting Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

On the hit-and-miss world scorecard of Disney catalog titles, the 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray of Adventures in Babysitting comes up a solid "win". The film's cinematography by the late Ric Waite (48 Hours, Red Dawn) created a low-key, realistic look that helped disguise the fact that much of the supposedly Chicago-based film was photographed in Toronto. The Blu-ray image is capably detailed with appropriately dark black levels in the many night scenes and no signs of crushing, high frequency filtering or artificial sharpening. The film's grain pattern is readily evident in most scenes. Indeed, the grain is sufficiently obvious in some portions of the film that some posters on Blu-ray.com have suggested that noise reduction should have been applied. I can only observe that I saw no "noise" on the Blu-ray of Adventures in Babysitting that needed to be reduced or eliminated. The disc's image simply reproduces, in a pixel medium, the photochemical grain that is the medium by which film records images. Granted, this particular film imagery is somewhat grainier than others, but that's how some films look. If one doesn't like the texture of this particular film, feel free to apply the various sharpness and DNR controls on your Blu-ray player and TV. As far as the Blu-ray is concerned, Disney has done an excellent job of reproducing the source, and I have rated the video accordingly.

Colors are nicely saturated but not overly so, and contrast is maintained at an appropriate level to bring out detail without blowing it out; exceptions are made for the occasional shot where intense contrast is part of the design, e.g., the entrance of Dawson (who may also be Thor). Despite the lack of extras, Disney has used a BD-50; compression artifacts were not an issue.


Adventures in Babysitting Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

As with many films from the Eighties that were released in stereo but have been remixed for 5.1, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 track is largely front-centered and lacks anything of significance in the rear channels, even during an extended scene of gunfire. Even today, comedy directors are often reluctant to direct the viewer's attention away from the screen with elaborate surround effects. Dialogue is clear, and the delightfully facetious score by Michael Kamen has a pleasant tonality. The following year, Kamen would score the first Die Hard, and if you listen closely, you can hear intimations of that score's comic elements in Babysiting. Kamen's pop sensibility was ideal for a score that had to blend with soundtrack selections ranging from "Gimme Shelter" to "Then He Kissed Me".



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