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Biutiful Blu-ray

United States
Lionsgate Films | 2010 | 148 min | Rated R | May 31, 2011

Biutiful (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1, 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1, 1.85:1

Audio
Spanish: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish

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

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Slipcover in original pressing

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Video 4.9 of 54.9
Audio 4.6 of 54.6
Extras 3.4 of 53.4
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Biutiful

 (2010)

Biutiful Blu-ray delivers stunningly beautiful video and superb audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu writes and directs this drama portraying a father's love for his children amidst a life of poverty and crime in Barcelona. Javier Bardem stars as Uxbal, a black market trader, psychic medium and single father of two who learns that he has terminal cancer. Amid the grimy, lawless backstreets of the city, Uxbal battles the odds to find some kind of redemption and make arrangements for his two children and his estranged, mentally unstable wife, Marambra (Hanaa Bouchaib), after his death.

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

Starring: Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez, Eduard Fernández, Diarytou Daff, Cheng Taishen, Cheikh Ndiaye
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

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Biutiful Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Note: The film was intentionally shot in two different aspect ratios, 2.39:1 and 1.85:1, which our screen capture units have shown here. I'm not sure if this really conveys something incredibly important going on on a subconcious level, as the film's DP has suggested. The filmmakers' intentions are hobbled by this Blu-ray transfer in any case, as the 1.85:1 AR plays "full screen" (more or less) and the 2.39:1 elements appear masked, with the typical black bars at top and bottom, which seems to defeat the stated intention of "opening up" the look of the film as Uxbal releases control of his life. All of that said, you film buffs may remember the critical analyses that accompanied Lindsay Anderson's 'If. . .', which was filmed in both color and black and white, where a lot of critics claimed to see some method to the various film stocks utilized. Anderson is on record stating they simply ran out of money and couldn't afford color film for the entire shoot.

Iñárritu has crafted a deliberately bleak and depressing vision throughout a lot (if not most) of Biutiful, but that doesn't necessarily mean this film isn't absolutely stunning to watch. With a really deeply textured and impeccably saturated AVC/1080p transfer, this film often belies its sad and doleful countenance to reveal the unexpected beauty in the squalor and poverty of Barcelona's underclass. Filled with deep and evocative shadows which dance across a light that hints of a sun past its prime, this transfer is filled with dark, but inviting, shadow detail. Fine detail throughout is excellent, sometimes disturbingly so in terms of the grit and grime these people try to exist in. Some of that grime and grit is intentionally exaggerated by a really intense grain structure. Iñárritu also has a number of outright surreal elements that play into weirdly distorted sequences, where colors bleed and the image becomes literally twisted. This film is not easy to watch in terms of content, but as far as the image goes, it's a solid 10 all the way.


Biutiful Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

Biutiful is a Spanish language film with no English dub available, and so its one soundtrack option is the original Spanish in an appealing lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. Though the film plays out in a series of small scale dialogue scenes, we're surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Barcelona, and it's there that this soundtrack engages in its cinematic surround qualities most successfully. One huge set scene involving a police raid is completely immersive and filled with a wealth of great sonic detail. Fidelity is excellent throughout this track, and for a non-action film, there's a really amazing amount of dynamic range here, with the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track picking up everything from Uxbal's faintest whisper to his wife's hysterics and some loud rock music playing at his brother Tito's, as well as a kind of disturbing party scene at a strip joint.


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