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Amateur Blu-ray

United Kingdom
Artificial Eye | 1994 | 105 min | Rated BBFC: 15 | May 13, 2013

Amateur (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
None

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

Playback
Region B (locked)

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 2.5 of 52.5
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Amateur

 (1994)

Amateur Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Isabelle is an ex-nun waiting for her special mission from God. In the meantime, she is making a living writing pornography. She meets Thomas, a sweet, confused amnesiac who cannot remember that he used to be a vicious pornographer, responsible for turning his young wife, Sofia, into the world's most notorious porn queen. Sofia's on the run, convinced she's killed him. Together, Isabelle and Thomas set out to discover his past, a past waiting to catch up with him.

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

Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Martin Donovan, Elina Löwensohn, Damian Young, Erica Gimpel, Chuck Montgomery
Director: Hal Hartley

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Amateur Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Hal Hartley's Amateur arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Artificial Eye.

The Blu-ray release represents a major upgrade in quality over the R1 DVD release of Amateur which Sony Pictures released back in 2003. Excluding some extremely light compression artifacts that occasionally sneak in but never become distracting, the high-definition transfer excels in every single area we scrutinize in these reviews. Detail and especially image depth are indeed dramatically improved. Contrast levels are also stable, especially during the darker indoor footage. Color reproduction is also very pleasing - there is a good range of strong, stable and very natural colors. The best news is that there are no traces of excessive degraining and sharpening corrections. Needless to say, from start to fhins Amateur has a very strong organic appearance. Lastly, there are no large damage marks, cuts, debris, or stains to report in this review. All in all, there is no doubt in my mind that fans of Amateur who still own or have seen the R1 DVD release of the film, as well as those who are going to see it for the first time, will be very pleased with its transition to Blu-ray. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Amateur Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one standard audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English LPCM 2.0. For the record, Artificial Eye have not provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

Amateur is primarily a dialog driven feature. Naturally, dynamic movement in quite limited. The music score by Jeffrey Taylor and Hal Hartley occasionally makes itself felt - mostly during sequences where the gentle piano themes are heard - but it never dramatically alters the film's atmosphere. The dialog is very crisp, very clear, and exceptionally easy to follow. Also, there are absolutely no pops, cracks, audio dropouts or distortions to report in this review.


Amateur Blu-ray, News and Updates



Upcoming Artificial Eye Releases - January 31, 2013

Independent British distributors Artificial Eye have informed us that they are planning to add four films to their impressive Blu-ray catalog: Hal Hartley's The Unbelievable Truth (1989), Simple Men (1992), and Amateur (1994), and Cate Shortland's Lore (2012), ...




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