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Hachi: A Dog's Tale Blu-ray

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Hachiko: A Dog's Story Sony Pictures | 2009 | 93 min | Rated G | Mar 09, 2010

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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

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English, English SDH

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Audio 3.6 of 53.6
Extras 1.0 of 51.0
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale

 (2009)

Hachi: A Dog's Tale Blu-ray offers solid video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

This heartwarming true story is an U.S. adaptation of a Japanese tale about a loyal dog named Hachiko. This very special friend would accompany his master to the train station every day and return each afternoon to greet him after work. Sadly his master departs one day, passes away and never returns to the station. Hachiko faithfully returns to the same spot at the station the very next day, and every day for the next nine years to wait for his beloved master. During his daily visits, Hachiko touches the lives of many who work near and commute through the town square. He teaches the local people love, compassion and above all unyielding loyalty. Today, a bronze statue of Hachiko sits in his waiting spot outside the Shibuya station in Japan as a permanent reminder of his devotion and love.

For more about Hachi: A Dog's Tale and the Hachi: A Dog's Tale Blu-ray release, see Hachi: A Dog's Tale Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Sarah Roemer, Jason Alexander, Erick Avari
Director: Lasse Hallström

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Viewers will embrace this quality 1080p, 1.85:1-framed transfer from Sony. Hachi: A Dog's Tale was shot on video, and it has that slightly flat and smooth look that's easily distinguishable from film stock, but detail and coloring don't suffer as a result. In fact, detail is often exceptionally rendered; viewers will note just about every line of wood grain and several nicks on the wooden crate that carries a young Hachi from Japan to the United States. Additionally convincing is the dog's fur as seen in close-up shots, while many exterior locations -- particularly around the Wilson home and the train station -- feature strong levels of fine detail in everyday objects such as bricks, fence posts, dirt, and leaves. Colors, too, are handsomely rendered, whether Hachi's golden fur, the various green leaves and grasses seen around the Wilson's home, or the rust-colored bricks around the train station. Unfortunately, there's no escaping what is often a somewhat flat appearance; while faces aren't textureless, the picture's digital nature sometimes lend to them a dull, lifeless tone. Black levels are mostly solid and accurate but can, on occasion, appear somewhat washed out, while flesh tones can yield a slightly rosy tint. The image is meticulously clean, sporting very little noise, but it does feature an instance of distracting aliasing as Parker speaks with an animal control officer early in the film. Nevertheless, the plusses of the transfer far outweigh the minuses; this is a mostly handsome transfer that is not without its flaws but it should satisfy most viewers, even when it isn't as phenomenal in some place as it is in others.


Hachi: A Dog's Tale Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Hachi: A Dog's Tale barks out a decent DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack. While not a minimalist listen, the various effects heard throughout are more supportive in nature than aggressive, but the track's reserved posture reinforces the quality, style, and themes of the movie nicely. Sound effects aren't consistently immersive, with the front channels handling the bulk of the material, but the back speakers do find themselves engaged on occasion. Gusty winds seem to blow through the soundstage with a good deal of precision and realism in chapter four, accompanied by a boom of thunder that adds a bit of spice and heft to an otherwise limited track. An outdoor scene in chapter six makes for what is perhaps the track's most impressive element as the pleasant and relaxing sounds of singing birds seem to emanate all around the soundstage, making for a most convincing environmental effect. The track's light, piano-heavy, and somewhat repetitive score enjoys a good deal of clarity, and dialogue reproduction is solid and crisp from beginning to end. Overall, Hachi features a solid but hardly invigorating lossless soundtrack; it gets the job done and perfectly suits a movie that's about emotion and not explosions and excess bass.


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