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Backdraft Blu-ray

United States
Anniversary Edition Universal Studios | 1991 | 137 min | Rated R | Jan 04, 2011

Backdraft (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
Spanish: DTS 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
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Slipcover in original pressing

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Video 4.6 of 54.6
Audio 4.9 of 54.9
Extras 4.0 of 54.0
Based on 4 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
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Crime55%
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Backdraft

 (1991)

Backdraft Blu-ray delivers stunning video and reference-quality audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

A childhood incident has left brothers Stephen and Brian McCaffret mentally scarred, but that doesn't stop them following in their father's footsteps by becoming firefighters. Brian, the more wary of the two, teams up with dogged arson investigator Donald Rimgale after a series of blazes, and finds himself at loggerheads with the more gung-ho Stephen when he is led to suspect someone in his former unit.

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

Starring: Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, Donald Sutherland
Director: Ron Howard

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Backdraft Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

I didn't own the previous HD-DVD release of Backdraft, and so can't definitively state whether or not this is the same port utilized for that release, but the slipcover of this BD states "remastered in high definition," for whatever that's worth. One way or the other, Backdraft's VC-1 encoded 1080p transfer in 2.35:1 looks very good, with only very minor softness in a few shots hampering an overall nice looking picture. There are actually pluses and minuses to the sharpness and detail in Backdraft. While fine detail in non SFX shots looks great, with nicely saturated colors and excellent sharpness, in some of the SFX shots, the matte shots become slightly more apparent. For the first time in watching Backdraft, I became marginally aware of how some of the fire shots might have been composited, simply due to the Blu-ray's superior resolution in showing some of the "seams". The best news, for those fearful of yet another Universal catalog release, is that there's no horrible looking edge enhancement or egregious DNR here. It does look like there are minimal amounts of DNR processing, but they don't rise to the levels of some of the other, more problematic, Universal catalog Blu-rays, and grain structure here looks natural without being overwhelming.


Backdraft Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

Backdraft's lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix is one of the best things about this new Blu-ray. This is a bombastic and at times overwhelmingly immersive track that bombards the listener with huge waves of sound which ricochet through the soundfield. LFE is absolutely gut wrenching at times, with wall shaking amplitude. When the backdrafts occur, huge whooshes of sound clearly pan from the front to the rear channels, creating a deafening roar that will leave some listeners with heart palpitations. The quieter scenes also have great surround activity, with everything from the boisterous dialogue in the firehouse to ambient environmental sounds well placed in the side and rear channels. The only issue in this sound mix for me personally was Hans Zimmer's overly cloying score, one which tries to work the John Williams heroic mode, but which doesn't just tug at the heartstrings, it virtually rips at them until they're a bleeding mass of pulp. Aside from that personal qualm, this is a wonderful sounding track that sports spot-on fidelity and is a lot of fun to listen to.


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