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Hardware Blu-ray

United States
Severin Films | 1990 | 94 min | Not rated | Oct 13, 2009

Hardware (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (23.99 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (256 kbps)

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None

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 4.4 of 54.4
Audio 4.1 of 54.1
Extras 4.2 of 54.2
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Thriller28%
Sci-Fi11%
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Hardware

 (1990)

Hardware Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

The abandoned parts of a disfunctional android, after being brought into the home of a scrap- metal artist, reconstruct themselves into its former self, a violent killer.

For more about Hardware and the Hardware Blu-ray release, see Hardware Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Director: Richard Stanley
Writer: Richard Stanley
Starring: Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, William Hootkins, Iggy Pop, Mark Northover

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Hardware Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in 1080p utilizing the AVC codec (at an average bitrate of 22Mbps), Hardware is a home-run visual presentation. Considering the low-budget roots of the film and the fact that we're rapidly approaching the 20th anniversary of its release, I expected to find less-than-stellar source material for Severin to work with. Those worries were soon put to rest, as I witnessed a startling level of clarity in the film elements. Every intricate wire in Jill's metallic art is readily apparent, and the level of precision in the facial textures on Dylon McDermott's unshaven face is astounding. The majority of the film takes place during the course of one night, so there isn't what I'd call a vivid color spectrum, but despite the relative lack of bright lighting, it's rarely difficult to make out the horrific deeds of the murderous robot. There's one scene in particular toward the end of the film, where the action shifts from the darkness of Jill's apartment to her brightly lit bathroom. This is the first vivid glimpse we're given of MARK-13, and really stands out as a perfect example of the transfer's proficiency in color reproduction. Moving along, black levels offer a wonderful sense of depth, allowing contrast to create subtle gradients of differentiation between various shades in the low-lit scenes. Unfortunately, there are still a handful of segments that exhibit a lack of shadow detail (due to weak contrast), but those sequences are definitely the exception.

Those of you with an aversion to film grain should know that this is a fairly gritty film, with noticeable grain present through a large portion of the film. It never became a distraction in my personal opinion (I know the debate continues over the use of DNR versus film grain), and I'd even go so far as to say it adds a degree of necessary texture to the post-apocalyptic world.


Hardware Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

I'm a bit disappointed that we're continuing to see Blu-ray discs released to market with lossy audio tracks. I'm willing to cut Severin some slack considering they're a small studio that only recently broke into the high-definition market, but after suffering through countless Warner releases that don't fully utilize the capabilities of the format, this is growing a bit tiresome. Now that I have that out of the way, we can move into a discussion of actual merits of the audio track I'm here to review. Presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, Hardware contains an interesting mixture of elements that might seem off-putting at first, but become rather nostalgic after the first 20 minutes pass by. For the uninitiated, the soundtrack contains music by Iggy Pop, Motorhead and Ministry, with a score that borrows heavily from the synthesizer- infused melodies of Vangelis (think Blade Runner and you have some idea what I'm talking about). The light, airy sound of the score almost lulls you into a false sense of security during the rare quiet moments of the film, before cranking everything up 10 notches for the umpteenth attack from MARK-13. Purely from a technical standpoint, the audio track is well balanced, delivering a decent level of surround separation on the more intense scenes. Whether it's the shrill sound of saw blades cutting through metal, or the crackle of sparks flying from severed wires, every minor detail is afforded adequate weight in the overall design of the mix. Likewise, dialogue never seemed flat or difficult to make out, and the musical numbers are delivered with an excellent level of clarity (despite the lossy compression).

In the end, I found the audio track to be a highly competent Dolby Digital offering, but it could have been exceptional if given the breathing room of a lossless mix.



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Today on Blu-ray - October 13th - October 13, 2009

When the time came to transition the fictional town of South Park, Colorado to the big screen, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided that a musical would be the perfect format for conveying the shows theme. A true testament to their talents, the film ...

Severin Puts up Hardware BD Trailer - September 17, 2009

Severin Films has put on YouTube a video preview revealing the details of the Blu-ray release of the horror/science-fiction film 'Hardware', which is due to hit store shelves on October 13, day-and-date with the DVD. The BD boasts a "new HD transfer" (although ...

Hardware Movie Coming to Blu-ray - July 14, 2009

In an early announcement to retailers, it has been revealed that Severin Films is set to release Richard Stanley's cult post-apocalyptic science fiction film 'Hardware' on Blu-ray on September 29. There are no details available at this time regarding audio or video ...

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