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Gremlins Blu-ray

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25th Anniversary Edition Warner Bros. | 1984 | 106 min | Rated PG | Dec 01, 2009

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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
German: Dolby Digital 5.1
Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1
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Video 2.9 of 52.9
Audio 3.6 of 53.6
Extras 2.2 of 52.2
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Gremlins

 (1984)

Gremlins Blu-ray features mediocre video and solid audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

When a man brings home an adorable creature from Chinatown as a Christmas present for his son Billy, the shopkeeper's sage advice -- no midnight snacks, no water, mood lighting only -- goes unheeded. As a result, devilish green creatures with a million vices take over the small town on Christmas Eve.

For more about Gremlins and the Gremlins Blu-ray release, see Gremlins Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Zach Galligan, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Phoebe Cates, Polly Holliday, Corey Feldman
Director: Joe Dante

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Gremlins Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.5 of 5

Presented in 1080p utilizing the VC-1 codec (at an average bitrate of 20Mbps), Gremlins is a disappointment when stacked up to the majority of other vintage catalog titles of the mid-eighties. The main culprit behind my lack of enthusiasm is an overall haziness that permeates a large portion of the runtime, leaving us with only a marginal improvement over the DVD version. If anything, the main differentiating factor in this high-definition upgrade, is an overall smoothing out of the picture, lending the film a more attractive look despite the haziness. DNR is clearly not a factor in the lack of clarity, since you'll notice a heavy layer of film grain in several indoor sequences that's a tell-tale sign of zero manipulation. Some of the outdoor sequences during daylight hours look significantly better than the nighttime or indoor scenes, exhibiting a boost in clarity and color richness. Despite my disappointment in the look of the film on Blu-ray, my overall impression of the transfer itself is slightly less harsh, since this represents an accurate reproduction of the source material Warner is currently working with, and likely the best we can expect without significant remastering. Aside from issues with detail, black levels are marginal, contrast in low-light scenes suffers (leading to a loss of shadow detail), and there's far more film damage than we'd expect from a major studio release. I'd hate to deter fans from upgrading simply due to limitations in the source material, but I hope you take the time to look through the screenshots in order to temper your expectations.

(As a side note, if you bought Gremlins on Blu-ray, and feel disappointed in the quality of the transfer, I'd recommend you watch the first standard definition trailer from the main menu, which should give you some idea of how the film looked on DVD)


Gremlins Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Matters improve somewhat with the audio track, which thankfully received an upgrade to Dolby TrueHD 5.1. Most viewers will be happy with overall clarity and volume balance of the track, but there are several slight issues that will stand out in the ears of audiophiles. First up, there's a slight hiss that can be heard in the background of several scenes throughout the film. It might not be noticeable unless you have the volume cranked up, but those of you who look at the audio experience as half of the entertainment value are probably not watching the film with minimal volume. Second, there were several instances in the early stages of the film where I felt the music was a little too subdued. This is clearly corrected by the time the Gremlins blast "Do You Hear What I Hear" in Billy's home, but it seemed slightly off up until that point. Lastly, I felt the dialog had a tendency to sound a bit flat, lacking the dynamics of expression in the character's voices. Many films of this age have a tendency to display this problem, but it's still worth mentioning so you know what to expect from the audio track.

Aside from those minor issues, I was pleased with the proficiency of the audio experience. Surround use is noticeable during the many action sequences, and though the LFE track is a bit muted, there are still some decent explosions that make their way to the subwoofer. In the end, the lossless track doesn't detract or elevate the overall entertainment value of the film itself, leaving us with a serviceable experience.


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Warner Home Entertainment will bring Gremlins 2: The New Batch to Blu-ray next summer. This madcap sequel to the 1984 horror-comedy finds Billy (Zach Galligan, Waxwork) and his Mogwai Gizmo (Howie Mandel, Gremlins) stuck in an ultra-modern New York City skyscraper ...

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