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Equilibrium Blu-ray

United States
Echo Bridge Entertainment | 2002 | 107 min | Rated R | May 10, 2011

Equilibrium (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

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Video 2.5 of 52.5
Audio 2.0 of 52.0
Extras 1.0 of 51.0
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Equilibrium

 (2002)

Equilibrium Blu-ray features mediocre video and bad audio in this mediocre Blu-ray release

In the nation of Libria, there is always peace among men. The rules of the Librian system are simple. If you are happy, you will be arrested. If you cry, the law will hunt you down. If you read a contraband book or so much as look at a smuggled painting, you've committed a crime. To keep the peace, citizens must take their daily doses Prozium, a powerful designer drug that stops feelings dead and keeps everyone on an even keel. Refuse to take the drug and special police will find you. Up until now, top-ranking government official John Preston has believed in this system, has upheld the system as a highly-trained "Cleric" who seeks out and destroys those who don't take their pills. But then he skips his own dose of Prozium--and discovers an incredible new world of sensation that gives him the passion to fight for freedom.

For more about Equilibrium and the Equilibrium Blu-ray release, see Equilibrium Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Taye Diggs, Angus Macfadyen, Sean Bean, Matthew Harbour
Director: Kurt Wimmer

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Equilibrium Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.5 of 5

Equilibrium's 1080p, 1.78:1-framed transfer is one of those that looks good at-a-glance, but a more critical analysis reveals plenty of problems. First and foremost, the image is presented in an "HDTV full frame" 1.78:1 aspect ratio rather than its wider 2.35:1-or-thereabouts theatrical presentation. While the film is said to have been shot in Super35, the blow-up from its theatrical exhibition aspect ratio, presumably for the sake of eliminating "black bars" from the equation, is unacceptable, even if there's little information actually lost along the way. That said, Equilibrium doesn't look bad in places. Fine detail can be quite good; skin textures are often quite revealing, while clothing and even close-ups of firearms reveal crisp, accurate details. Colors are limited to cold, steely, lifeless shades for the most part; Equilibrium is by design cold and gray, but what few splashes of color exist beyond white and gray and black appear neutral and accurate. Black levels are decent, never looking washed out and exhibiting only slight, if any, crush. Flesh tones are often a bit pale, which seems in-line with the film's intended look. So far, so good, but Equilibrium features an over-sharpened appearance and is absolutely slathered in edge enhancement, some of the heaviest that one is ever likely to see on a Blu-ray disc. Additionally, it appears that at least some noise reduction has been applied, but only sporadically so; grain is present in some scenes, wiped away in others. Banding and blocking are of only minor concern. Remove the excess edge enhancement and display the film in its proper aspect ratio and this would be a quality transfer, but alas, it just wasn't meant to be this go-round.


Equilibrium Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  1.5 of 5

Unfortunately, Equilibrium hasn't received the sonic treatment the film not only deserves, but demands. The included DTS-HD MA 2.0 lossless soundtrack just doesn't cut it. Though it tries and struggles and does all it can, the sonic presentation is decidedly lacking. The front-heavy feel does a disservice to the film's many action scenes, where it sounds like half the soundstage has simply been chopped off. Action effects are cramped, and with the back channels effectively dead, the confined sensation puts forth a sour note. Where there should be fuller, more lively action elements, there's nothing. Sure, gunfire zips across the front half of the soundstage with a good deal of energy and even creates a few front-end directional effects, but that it just seems to stop dead in its tracks is jarring to say the least. This track does squeeze out a decent low end, but clarity is a real problem area in most every area save dialogue. Dialogue occasionally seems to bleed over to the side for no apparent reason, but such instances are the exception rather than the rule, the spoken word generally firmly entrenched in the center speaker and playing with suitable stability and clarity. Of all of the recent wave of 2.0 rather than 5.1 soundtracks, this might be the most adversely-effected film. A lossy 5.1 mix would have been preferable to a two-channel lossless offering in this instance, never mind a full-fledged 5.1 lossless soundtrack.


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