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Empire of the Sun Blu-ray

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DigiBook / 25th Anniversary Edition Warner Bros. | 1987 | 153 min | Rated PG | Nov 13, 2012

Empire of the Sun (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (23.99 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0
Portuguese: Dolby Digital Mono
German: Dolby Digital 2.0
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Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German SDH, Danish, Dutch, Finnish… (more)

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.6 of 54.6
Audio 4.4 of 54.4
Extras 3.6 of 53.6
Based on 2 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
Period53%
War41%
Biography38%
Melodrama35%
Epic13%
78%
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Empire of the Sun

 (1987)

Empire of the Sun Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.

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

Starring: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers, Joe Pantoliano, Leslie Phillips
Director: Steven Spielberg

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Empire of the Sun Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

After being subjected to a number of delays earlier this year, I wasn't sure what to expect from Empire of the Sun's Blu-ray debut. I'm pleased to report, though, that I was completely taken with Warner Bros.' faithful, utterly filmic 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer; a striking, near-perfect catalog presentation with nothing in the way of distractions. If any complaint can be leveled against the image it's that black levels are sometimes muted, with dusty charcoal tones dominating the darkness. But boosting contrast to compensate would have hampered Allen Daviau's cinematography and the dreamlike atmosphere Spielberg often evokes. By staying true to the source, crush isn't a factor, delineation is revealing and shadows still exhibit satisfying depth and darkness. Colors aren't overbearing either. Daviau's palette is subdued but natural, skintones are beautifully saturated and exceptionally lifelike, primaries pop when called upon, and contrast is consistent throughout. Detail is also excellent, with crisp, clean edges, nicely resolved fine textures and a faint veneer of pleasant grain. Significant artifacting, ringing, banding, aliasing and errant noise aren't at play, and there aren't any troubling anomalies of note. In short, Empire of the Sun stands as one of Warner's best catalog presentations of the year.


Empire of the Sun Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Warner's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is quite good too. It just lacks the power and punch of a top-tier war-movie mix. Dialogue is clear, intelligible and terrificly prioritized, and silence are filled with distinct breathing, the flickering of distant fires, the crunch and shuffle of footsteps, the hum of circling planes, the rustling of grass, and a host of other light ambient effects and nuanced atmospherics. Ample rear speaker activity makes it all a reasonably immersive experience, even if hushed scenes occasionally engage every channel a bit more assertively than chaotic sequences. LFE output, though, is more than serviceable but a tad thin at times, and doesn't grant each and every engine roar and explosion the raw, earthy oomph they appear to warrant. (Some sound great, mind you.) There are also a few scenes -- Jamie's visit with Basie in the hospital for one -- that exhibit an obvious noise floor. All that being said, there's nothing here that suggests the track is anything less than respectful of the film's original sound design. John Williams' score is given full reign of the soundfield (the lovely Welsh lullaby, "Suo Gân," is more stirring than its ever been), dynamics are commendable, directionality is decidedly decent and pans are smooth. In the end, Empire of the Sun's AV presentation delivers, and then some.



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Empire of the Sun: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray - March 12, 2012

In June, Warner Home Entertainment will bring Empire of the Sun to Blu-ray. Directed by Steven Spielberg (War Horse), this epic WWII drama stars Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) as Jim Graham, a privileged English child separated from his parents during the Japanese ...



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