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Evita Blu-ray

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15th Anniversary Edition Disney / Buena Vista | 1996 | 135 min | Rated PG | Jun 19, 2012

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

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish

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Video 4.4 of 54.4
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 2.3 of 52.3
Based on 6 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Musical100%
Drama26%
Biography18%
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Evita

 (1996)

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

Film adaptation of Tim Rice's and Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash stage musical detailing the life and death of Argentina's controversial First Lady.

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

Starring: Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail, Peter Polycarpou
Director: Alan Parker

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Evita Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Darius Khondji, the poet of dark spaces who shot David Fincher's Se7en, was the cinematographer on Evita, much of which was shot on location in Buenos Aires and Budapest (where the architecture resembles Buenos Aires of the 1930s). Khondji's palette for Evita is a rich selection of warm earth tones: browns, greens, ochres, rusts. Blues and other cool tones rarely occur except as an accent. The photography effectively evokes both the outer heat of the climate and the emotional heat of the passionate characters.

Disney's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray presents an exceptionally film-like image, which remains finely detailed throughout, though it tends to be softer than eyes accustomed to contemporary digital photography might expect. The extent of detail is most readily observed in the many long shots featuring large groups of people: rallies, military barracks, fancy dining rooms of the upper class. Individual faces are readily distinguishable, as are details of clothing and decor. The image may not "pop", nor should it, since Evita was made before the era when digital intermediates became a standard tool for making film look more like video. Evita looks like film, complete with a light but discernible grain pattern that appears undisturbed by inappropriate filtering or noise reduction. Nor has there been any artificial sharpening applied, though someone might have been tempted to do so, given the softness of the image. Thankfully, any such temptation was resisted.

Khondji is known for his blacks, and at least on my monitor, which is properly calibrated, the blacks appeared truly black. Khondji also used different levels of black (and shades of gray) to represent the night in Buenos Aires, when the lights of the city prevent darkness from closing in entirely. Colors are rich and saturated, but rarely are they bright (there's that lack of "pop" again). I have not seen Evita look this good since I first viewed it in the theater.

(Note: I have seen claims that the early portion of the film suffers from "DNR". This is just one more example of how the term "DNR" has become internet-speak for "I don't like the picture". I saw absolutely no indication of any noise reduction applied to Evita, or at least none that reduced picture information or "smeared" the image, and I certainly observed no change in image quality midway through the film that was attributable to anything other than the evolution of the story and/or changes in filming technique.)


Evita Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

Evita was released in Dolby Digital 5.1, as was the Criterion laserdisc and the Disney DVD. The Blu-ray's DTS-HD MA 5.1 track presumably shares the same source. Lloyd Webber's music dominates the track, as it should, because it's the sonic "through line" of the film. The orchestra has a rich, full presence that makes good use of the discrete format to provide a sense of depth and to envelop the viewer in the experience. Having heard the PCM 2.0 soundtrack CD many times, I appreciated the additional spaciousness and sense of separation supplied by the 5.1 format. If the soundtrack were being recorded today, it would no doubt benefit from advanced digital recording and mixing techniques, but what's here is quite impressive. (Contrary to the experience reported by some posters, my subwoofer engaged regularly. The orchestra's bass extension doesn't match that of action movie sound effects, but it's appropriately deep for an orchestra.)

The vocal recordings from the studio sessions are well-mixed so that they feel part of the action on screen and don't have the vaguely detached quality that one often finds in older movie musicals. Solo voices remain centered, while choruses are spread across the front soundstage. The lyrics are generally intelligible, except for an occasional turn of Banderas' accent or a group intonation that slurs a word, but the subtitles are always available.

Sound effects are relegated to a secondary role, and none of them are routed to the rear channels. To do so would be to distract from the music.



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