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Blood Diamond Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 2006 | 143 min | Rated R | Jun 05, 2007

Blood Diamond (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (12.72 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: LPCM 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish

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

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Video 3.9 of 53.9
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 3.9 of 53.9
Based on 37 user reviews

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Drama63%
War44%
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Blood Diamond

 (2006)

An ex-mercenary turned smuggler. A Mende fisherman. Amid the explosive civil war overtaking 1999 Sierra Leone, these men join for two desperate missions: recovering a rare pink diamond of immense value and rescuing the fisherman's son, conscripted as a child soldier into the brutal rebel forces ripping a swath of torture and bloodshed across the alternately beautiful and ravaged countryside. Directed by Edward Zwick, this urgent, intensely moving adventure shapes gripping human stories and heart-pounding action into a modern epic of profound impact.

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

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Djimon Hounsou, Jimi Mistry, Michael Sheen, Arnold Vosloo
Director: Edward Zwick

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Blood Diamond Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

The video performance of the BD is a mixed bag. While the 1080p, 2.40:1 VC-1 codec yields a detailed image that I found easy to enjoy, closer inspection reveals problems. Most of these are attributable to shortcomings in the black level. At first I thought the reason the level seemed a bit light was due to my older generation plasma, but having recently upgraded to a Kuro model that presents accurate blacks, I realize Blood Diamond rarely achieves deep, inky black level even in night scenes or in the jungles of Sierra Leone. Worse, the grey areas were not smooth gradients, appearing somewhat blotchy. Critics of film grain and digital noise will also find much to abhor, although the grain was present in the theatrical release of the film.

The daylight scenes are much easier on the eyes, with great definition. Watch the scene where the three main characters make their way across the African plains toward the mines were Vandy was taken after being kidnapped. Watch the definition of the African grasses in the foreground. They appear distinguishable, with good resolution. The characters' faces and clothing, the wooden shanties and landscapes too all benefit from strong definition. While the detail is good, depth suffers a bit from the scarcity of true black level, and occasionally from the camerawork. However, skin tones appear realistic on both whites, e.g., DiCaprio, and blacks, e.g., Hounsou.



Blood Diamond Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The audio mix of Blood Diamond is ambitious and immersive. Gunfire and voices are crisp and detailed with good treble and taut bass. Many scenes make ample use of the LFE channel as well, although there isn't gobs of detail in the midrange, even during female dialogue, which is a good measure of the richness and quality of the recording. Part of the above average audio performance lies in the lossless PCM track, but at 48 kHz and 16-bit, it is not much better than CD quality and yields only 4.6 mbps. Still, the sonic resolution is better than standard DD or DTS material.

Listen to the scene after Archer gets Vandy out of prison, as the civil unrest breaks out in violence in the city streets. The gunfire rings out with authority and the shouts convey an immediacy-- fierceness and menacing qualities--that are best conveyed with lossless PCM. The imaging and tonal balance is good. Dialogue may be a touch louder than usual in mix, but this lets me ride out the thunderous action sequences without having to adjust the volume at all. Even the tasteful score sounds sweet. Again, it is not heavily detailed but few will have any complaints.



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