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Beginners Blu-ray

United States
Universal Studios | 2010 | 104 min | Rated R | Nov 15, 2011

Beginners (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
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Video 4.1 of 54.1
Audio 4.1 of 54.1
Extras 2.5 of 52.5
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Beginners

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Beginners Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who -- following 44 years of marriage -- came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. The upheavals of Hal's new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they'd ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him.

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

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Višnjiæ, Kai Lennox, Mary Page Keller
Director: Mike Mills

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Beginners Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

While shot with Red One high definition cameras, natural lighting and emotionally literal photography burden Beginners with a dull, stormy palette and at-times listless indifference. Still, the resulting image lends itself to Mills' tone and autobiographical tale, and imbues Oliver with a sadness that only seems to brighten when Anna or his father are near. It works, I'll admit, even if it makes Universal's 1080p/VC-1 encoded transfer look a little under the weather. Colors are generally weary and washed out (even though a few primaries pop), contrast is a bit lacking, and black levels are muted on the whole. That said, skintones are lovely, reds and yellows have particular warmth, and the image exudes a confidence Mills doesn't express as fully elsewhere. Detail wavers slightly too, but only due to bouts of filmic softness, dim lighting and some loose-focus shots. It boosts Beginners' artistic credibility, sure, but it doesn't always result in the sharpest edges and textures. No matter. Closeups hold their own, object definition is clean and unhindered, and overall clarity and delineation are as revealing as Mills intended. There also isn't any significant artifacting, banding, aliasing, ringing, crush or smearing worth noting. Noise spikes here and there, but always as a product of the source, never the encode. All in all, Beginners' video presentation doesn't make any serious missteps.


Beginners Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Universal's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track isn't going to turn heads either but, like the studio's video transfer, the lossless mix stays true to Mills' every intention and the cautious but kindly tone of the film's sound design. Dialogue is clean, crisp and clear, despite a few thin and lifeless lines. Ambience is minimalistic but believable, and the soundfield is just immersive enough to make Oliver's world more accessible than it might otherwise be. And, of course, with so many hushed conversations, restrained exchanges, and light lilts in Roger Neill, Dave Palmer and Brian Reitzell's buoyant score, LFE output and rear speaker activity is equally minimalistic. Fortunately, it's equally believable. There's little pomp and sonic circumstance to be had in Beginners, you'll get no argument from me. But a subtle track can be just as arresting as a bombastic one when it perfectly complements the image, themes and tone of a film. And Universal's DTS-HD Master Audio offering does just that.



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Beginners Blu-ray - September 14, 2011

Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release Beginners on Blu-ray this November. Director Mike Mills' semi-autobiographical dramedy stars Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting) as Oliver, a graphic designer struggling with memories of his deceased father (Christopher ...


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