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Black Snake Moan Blu-ray

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Paramount Pictures | 2007 | 115 min | Rated R | Jun 26, 2007

Black Snake Moan (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 3.7 of 53.7
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Black Snake Moan

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When ex-blues musician Lazarus finds the town nymphomaniac Rae left for dead on the side of the road, he vows to nurse her back to health…and cure her of her wickedness. Until then, she’ll be chained to the immovable radiator in his home. But Lazarus has demons of his own: his wife just left him for his own brother. While Lazarus and Rae struggle to fix their broken lives, the situation threatens to explode as Rae's boyfriend Ronnie — a roughneck soldier just back from Iraq — comes searching for his missing lover.

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

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake, S. Epatha Merkerson, John Cothran, Jr., David Banner
Director: Craig Brewer

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Black Snake Moan Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

As with Paramount's other Blu-ray releases, Black Snake Moan's 1080p presentation is highly detailed, with excellent depth in both light and dark shots. Watch the way airborne dust comes into focus during Rae's flashback of being sexually assaulted as she is recoving in Lazarus' house. The picture is allowed to go soft, except for these dust particles. But even the out-of-focus areas retain excellent resolution and color. Throughout the film, the AVC MPEG-4 codec delivers striking presence. The detail reveals every flaw in skin and clothing. And it looks extraordinary, which is a testament not only to the excellent transfer during Blu-ray production, but to the makeup and costume team. As for that, Christina Ricci seemed to be wearing more makeup than clothing for much of the film.

I feel compelled to warn Blu-ray buyers about the "black bars" on the top and bottom of the screen in films with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. It shouldn't require a warning, as this is the way the film was produced and the way the director intended it to be viewed, but some HD fans still seem upset when their screen isn't filled up, as if some aspect ratios are "wrong". They aren't wrong. The 2.35:1 picture lends a distinctive feel to Brewer's long shots of the rural Tennessee town and of Lazarus' house where much of the film takes place.

Back level and overall contrast are stunning. The quality and good bitrate of the video left me wondering how Paramount achieved near reference-quality picture on a BD-25. The answer, of course, is by short-changing us on the audio quality.



Black Snake Moan Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

The soundtrack of Black Snake Moan figures prominently in the power of the film. In fact, the opening scene, before the credits roll, features old footage of blues legend Son House describing how the music is tied in to the relationship between a man and a woman and the deceit that creeps into that relationship. He describes how it can affect the heart and soul. "The blues hits you here," says Son House, holding his fingertips to the left side of his chest.

Unfortunately, the Blu-ray does not include lossless PCM or Dolby TrueHD and does not fully pay off its blues-based soundtrack. The DD on Black Snake Moan fails to impress. Though it will be sufficient for the average HT fanatic, the audio is relatively two-dimensional, brittle and a bit harsh compared to material on BDs using PCM. The attack/decay has the typical characteristics of poorly produced CD sound, with insufficient bloom in voices, sound effects and instrumentation. For some sequences, this was perfectly adequate, as in Lazarus' electric slide guitar playing during the thunderstorm. That scene featured significantly compressed audio-- heavy distortion and reverb. But for more lifelike sounds of voices and acoustic guitar and, in the same scene, the thunder itself, the BD falls short. LPCM is a very important feature and the studios must understand that the highest possible quality in audio is as essential as video to the overall presentation.

Overall, the mic'ing, mixing and engineering is adequate. Blues has a muddy sound to it, and even the best artists tend to be poorly recorded. So it is silly to judge the soundtrack too harshly. The DD track makes ample use of the LFE channel and moderate use of the surrounds. Soundstage depth is shallow and relatively lacking, although presence is quite good if not absolutely realistic for voices and most ambient sounds. Imaging is poor. Sounds seem to stick to the speakers and are not thrown free, as with higher resolution productions on BD.



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