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Color of Night / Playing God Blu-ray

United States
Double Feature Mill Creek Entertainment | 1994-1997 | 2 Movies | 233 min | Rated R | Oct 23, 2012

Color of Night / Playing God (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: see individual releases
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH

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Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 3.0 of 53.0
Audio 2.6 of 52.6
Extras 0.5 of 50.5
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Romance10%
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Color of Night / Playing God

 (1994-1997)

Color of Night / Playing God Blu-ray features mediocre video and audio in this still enjoyable Blu-ray release

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For more about Color of Night / Playing God and the Color of Night / Playing God Blu-ray release, see Color of Night / Playing God Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Bruce Willis, David Duchovny, Jane March, Timothy Hutton, Rubén Blades, Angelina Jolie
Directors: Richard Rush, Andy Wilson


This Blu-ray bundle includes the following titles, see individual titles for specs and details:

 
 

Color of Night / Playing God Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.5 of 5

Color of Night 1.5/5

Color of Night was released by Disney's Hollywood Pictures division. Given the erratic quality of Disney's own catalog releases on Blu-ray, it is no surprise that the quality of the masters they provide to Mill Creek is all over the map. The master provided for the 1080p, AVC-encoded presentation on this double feature Blu-ray is among the weakest I have seen in this series and certainly does not do justice to the late Dietrich Lohmann's (Deep Impact) colorful photography. The source material is in poor shape, with plenty of knicks, speckles, scratches and splotches. The overall image is soft, poorly defined and noisy, although here and there the image stabilizes for the duration of a few shots, e.g., in the scenes where Willis and March are in the swimming pool together.

Colors are generally weak and less than fully saturated. A notable (and important) example occurs in several key transitions between gray and red, as the film shifts between Capa's crippled vantage and a more objective point of view. These changes should strike the eye forcefully, but they don't register with the appropriate impact, because the colors are washed out.

Overall, this strikes me as an old transfer prepared for DVD and never updated. The results on Blu-ray are superior to what appeared on DVD, which suffered from such severe edge enhancement that halos were apparent even on small screens, but it is far from the quality that Blu-ray has to offer even from weak source material.

For additional screenshots, please see the Color of Night Blu- ray review.


Playing God 3.5/5

Photographed by Anthony Richmond (Legally Blonde ) in a stylized, slightly over-exposed style that exaggerates the Southern California sun, Playing God looks far superior on Mill Creek's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray than it did in its 1998 DVD appearance. The source material is in decent shape with very little print damage (far superior to the accompanying Color of Night), and sharpness and detail are superior throughout. Colors in many scenes appear to be somewhat bleached out by contrast, but in others (e.g., the Russian nightclub) they are fully saturated, which indicates that the bleaching is by design and consistent with DP Richmond's visual concept for the film.

The average bitrate of 19.00 Mbps is somewhat low for a film that has a number of scenes of rapid action, including shootouts and an extended car chase near the end, but these are counterbalanced by lengthy dialogue scenes with little or no movement. As a result, compression artifacts are minor to non-existent.

For additional screenshots, please see the Playing God Blu-ray review.


Color of Night / Playing God Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

Color of Night 3/5

According to IMDb, Color of Night was released to theaters with a Dolby Digital soundtrack, which was becoming the norm for major theatrical releases in 1994. However, Rush's preferred cut, which is the only version that has been available on video, has never had more than a stereo track. Even the DVD released by Disney's Buena Vista Home Video in 1999 had only DD 2.0. If the studio spent the money to provide a 5.1 mix for Vajna's theatrical version, they obviously were unwilling to go any further after it flopped at the box office.

The Blu-ray offers the standard 2.0 track as lossless DTS-HD MA 2.0, and it gets the job done. The dialogue is clear, as are the essential sound effects. However, there is virtually no surround presence or even much sense of stereo separation. The score by Dominic Frontiere (who also scored The Stunt Man) sounds good enough, though the reproduction lacks any depth or subtlety. The track is dominated by variations on the title song "The Color of the Night", which is performed over the closing titles by Lauren Christy and was the only element from the film nominated for anything resembling a genuine award (a Golden Globe).


Playing God 2/5

Playing God was released to theaters with a 5.1 soundtrack, and the DVD released by Disney's Buena Vista Home Video in 1998 was encoded with Dolby Digital 5.1. However, in a move more commonly seen from Echo Bridge, Mill Creek has provided only a 2.0 track encoded as DTS-HD MA 2.0. The track gets the job done, providing clear dialogue and reproducing the lively score by prolific British composer Richard Hartley, who has composed for numerous U.K. TV series and films, although he will probably be best remembered for orchestrating The Rocky Horror Picture Show. But Playing God is, at least in part, a gangster film, and it involves several shootouts, one car chase and several settings with distinctive sonic environments. The omission of its original multi-channel soundmix is inexcusable, and I am docking its score accordingly.



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