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Glory Blu-ray

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Mastered in 4K / Blu-ray + UltraViolet Sony Pictures | 1989 | 122 min | Rated R | May 14, 2013

Glory (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (34.03 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
French: Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Arabic, Dutch

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
UV digital copy
Digital copy
BD-Live

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region free

Price
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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.6 of 54.6
Audio 3.9 of 53.9
Extras 0.0 of 50.0
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Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
War87%
History83%
Action-
34%
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Glory

 (1989)

Glory Blu-ray delivers stunningly beautiful video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

The heart-stopping story of the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War, Glory stars Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. Broderick and Elwes are the idealistic young Bostonians who lead the regiment; Freeman is the inspirational sergeant who unites the troops; and Denzel Washington, in an Oscar-winning performance (1989, Best Supporting Actor), is the runaway slave who embodies the indomitable spirit of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts.

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

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Cary Elwes, Cliff De Young, Andre Braugher
Director: Edward Zwick

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Glory Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Sony's commitment to releasing the finest Blu-ray products is evident with every spin of a Sony-branded disc. The consistency of product -- from the latest blockbusters to the most cherished classic titles from years gone by -- is arguably tops in the entire industry, and why shouldn't it be; Sony was a lead Blu-ray design and advocacy outfit, its PlayStation 3 console offered disc playback and instant wide format adoption, and the first wave of titles released back in 2006 bore the Sony label on the spine. Since then, and through a few growing pains and spurts -- a bloody format war, a misstep or two, the transition from Dolby TrueHD to DTS-HD Master Audio -- the studio has emerged as the most trustworthy in the industry when it comes to its Blu-ray product. When it says Sony, chances are extremely high that the movie is going to look (and sound) about as good as the format allows. Now, Sony is recalling the days of its "Superbit" DVD releases with the emergence of "Mastered in 4K" (*) Blu-ray discs. The initial wave consists of a handful of films, all of which have enjoyed previous, and largely very high quality, Blu-ray transfers. The new transfers are sourced from 4K masters but here's where the giant asterisk comes in: they're then downscaled to standard Blu-ray 1080p resolution. That means buyers can enjoy them on their regular old Blu-ray players and their regular old HDTVs -- no fancy new hardware required. The downside is that viewers aren't really seeing the material in 4K; even those who shell out the large sum of cash for a new 4K TV will be treated only to an upscaled presentation, much the same way today's regular old TV/playback 1080p device combos upscale standard definition DVDs.

Watching the "Mastered in 4K" transfer in 1080p does yield some benefits over the standard 1080p Blu-ray releases, even if it's not a true 4K experience. The discs take advantage of a significantly higher bitrate than regular old Blu-ray discs, meaning more muscle to produce the finest picture quality, revealing superior details and showcasing that perfect cinematic, pleasing grain texturing for pictures photographed on film and more accuracy for those photographed in the wholly digital realm. "Mastered in 4K" discs also promise superior color balance and accuracy, reproducing a more faithful-to-the-source palette that will reveal the sort of natural shading and subtle nuance even the best of 1080p Blu-ray cannot match. More, Sony promises enhanced viewing on its own line of 4K TVs thanks to a proprietary upscaling algorithm that's designed to squeeze the most out of the "Mastered in 4K" line of Sony discs, above and beyond what any competitor's display can offer. Makes sense considering some branch of Sony is at work along every step of the process. Unfortunately, one of Sony's shiny new 4K televisions was not available for review purposes, but suffice it to say that either of the launch displays -- the 55" and 65" XBR-labeled sets -- will undoubtedly offer the best consumer viewing picture to date, whether joined with a Sony "Mastered in 4K" disc or a regular old Blu-ray from any studio.

Sony previously released Glory to Blu-ray in June 2009 to largely excellent results in the picture quality department. The studio has revisited one of the best films in its -- or any studio's -- library with a more balanced, more filmic, more beautiful presentation of the Civil War classic. The transfer showcases fine grain throughout, grain that's even and subtle but critically present to help define the finest details and provide a pure cinematic texture. Grain does spike once or twice, notably when Shaw is first presented with the opportunity to command the regiment while in the presence of Governor Andrew and Frederick Douglass. The details throughout the film are largely spectacular. The brightest scenes yield the best clarity and visible nuance, particularly in the blue uniform textures -- fabric, frays, rank insignia -- all the way down to the design on Shaw's sword, seen briefly in the opening minutes in a shot showing him on the march towards Antietam. Additionally, facial textures are complexly pure, and terrain, vegetation, and manmade structures look fantastic. Even in darker scenes and through the literal fog of war -- when smoke from cannon and musket fire clutter the screen -- the transfer's superior stability shines through. Colors are beautifully balanced and fully accurate. Red trimming on drums, brass buttons on uniforms, blue rank insignia, and flags all sparkle. Certainly, the entire palette feels a little more vibrant than that of the previous release, though not by significant leaps and bounds. Skin textures, too, appear perfectly balanced. Black levels sometimes drift to a slightly pale appearance in the darkest shots. The image appears free of unwanted edge enhancement, banding, blockiness, or other eyesores. To be sure, this is an improvement over the previous release, not quite so pronounced as Ghostbusters but more pronounced than, say, The Karate Kid. Still, a fabulous transfer all around and, even without an upscaling ability, a must for dedicated fans of what is one of the finest motion pictures ever made.

All screenshots have been sourced from the "Mastered in 4K" Blu-ray disc. The first sixteen shots have been selected to match those found in the review of the old release. New screenshots have also been aded for perusal.


Glory Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Glory comes alive on Blu-ray with a well-crafted Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless soundtrack, the same, it seems, as found on the previous release. Explosions pack a wallop, some a bit more clear than others, with some sounding more like a jumbled mess of sound. Nevertheless, the track generally impresses. Artillery fire screams from one side of the soundstage to another, and the power of musket volleys penetrates the listening area and creates a terrifying sensation that brings the War to vivid life. After the battle of Antietam, the moans and cries of wounded men populate the listening area, accompanied by a slew of subtle sound effects heard off in the distance that never sounded so clear as they do here. Indeed, atmospherics impress throughout. The chatter and clanking of silverware in a scene in chapter three or a thunderstorm in chapter four that completely envelops the soundstage adds realism to the mix. The period wartime music, particularly the percussion section of the regiment's marching band, plays nicely all across the front soundstage with a fair amount of heft in support. Likewise, James Horner's score has never sounded better, both the military beats and the lighter, more angelic notes pouring from the speakers with pinpoint precision throughout the entire dynamic range. Dialogue, while generally strong, occasionally plays as a bit muffled. On the whole, though, Glory sounds great, easily the best the film has ever played for home viewing.


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