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Brothers Blu-ray

United States
Lionsgate Films | 2009 | 105 min | Rated R | Mar 23, 2010

Brothers (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (17.99 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish

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

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 2.7 of 52.7
Based on 11 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
Thriller68%
War16%

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Brothers

 (2009)

Brothers Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Thirty-something Captain Sam Cahill and his younger brother Tommy Cahill, are polar opposites. A Marine about to embark on his fourth tour of duty, Sam is a steadfast family man married to his high school sweetheart, the aptly named Grace, with whom he has two young daughters. Tommy, his charismatic younger brother, is a drifter just out of jail who's always gotten by on wit and charm. He slides easily into his role as family provocateur on his first night out of prison, at Sam's farewell dinner with their parents, Elsie and Hank Cahill, a retired Marine. Shipped out to Afghanistan, Sam is presumed dead when his Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in the mountains. At home in suburbia, the Cahill family suddenly faces a shocking void, and Tommy tries to fill in for his brother by assuming newfound responsibility for himself, Grace, and the children.

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

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Bailee Madison, Sam Shepard, Mare Winningham
Director: Jim Sheridan

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Brothers Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in 1080p utilizing the AVC codec (at an average bitrate of 18Mbps), Brothers is a true revelation in high-definition. Fine object detail is well above average, revealing intricate patterns in the stitching of clothing and every nuance on faces of the predominantly young cast. Whether we're speaking of intimate close-range shots or wide vistas, there's never an ounce of softening to speak of, leaving the image appearing crystal clear (almost as if you're looking through a window). The color palette for the film encompasses several interesting choices that never appear highly attractive, but fall well within the intentional look Sheridan was going for. Many scenes appear drab and gloomy, as if the cheerful colors of a natural spectrum were stripped from the final product. This enhances the emotional undertones of the story, and should be viewed as an appropriate element of the highly effective final product, but may also be a touch off-putting to viewers that expect a vivid spectrum from every Blu-ray offering. Continuing with the positives, black levels retain appropriate depth, and contrast generates an attractive level of shade variance in all but a handful of scenes (the sequences that show a touch of weakness are limited to Sam's captivity, where the film appears a touch on the artificially bright side). Lastly, I never noticed the slightest use of edge-enhancement, DNR is thankfully absent, and there's never a shred of artifacting or aliasing.

Brothers may lack a certain "wow" factor due to intentional choices in the coloring, but this is still a fantastic presentation that accurately recreates the stylistic choices within the source material.


Brothers Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Similar to the visual experience, the lossless audio track manages to delight despite its understated nature. As I mentioned in the main section of the review, this is pure drama with just a hint of action. As such, the majority of the audio experience is delivered through dialogue and subtle environmental effects (such as the crunch of snow underfoot). Taking into account the beauty of the performances on display, we can imagine the problems that could have cropped up if the audio balance wasn't delivered with the upmost precision. Thankfully, my worries were quickly put to bed when I realized the audio mix simply allows viewers to become lost in the unfolding drama without experiencing pesky miscues that might pull you out of the story. Whether you're listening to Grace whisper under her breath, or privy to a startling fit of uncontrollable rage courtesy of Sam, you'll never find yourself fumbling for the remote to adjust the volume in one direction or another. In addition to the excellent balance and clarity in the dialogue and effects, the film contains a brilliant soundtrack that truly adds to the charm of the film. U2's song "Winter" was nominated for the Best Original Song Golden Globe, and it's not too difficult to understand the reasoning after you listen to the song within the context of the film.

The overall audio experience won't set your speakers on fire or justify a demonstration of your surround sound setup, but the balance and clarity of the subtle mix still deserves high marks for achieving what it set out to accomplish.



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Brothers Blu-ray Announced - January 27, 2010

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced 'Brothers' for Blu-ray release on March 23. This drama, directed by Jim Sheridan, tells the story of how two brothers (Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire) come to terms with issues of love, loyalty and manhood with the ...


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