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Heavy Metal Blu-ray

United States
Sony Pictures | 1981 | 90 min | Rated R | Feb 01, 2011

Heavy Metal (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (34.91 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Note: Both are 48kHz, 24-bit...

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish

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

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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 3.1 of 53.1
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Movie appeal

 
Sci-Fi100%
Music43%
Erotic32%
Animation13%
Fantasy12%
Adventure-
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Heavy Metal

 (1981)

Heavy Metal Blu-ray offers solid video and audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

A glowing green orb from outer space spreads destruction throughout the galaxy. Only when encountered by its one true enemy, to whom it is inexplicably drawn, will goodness prevail throughout the universe.

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

Starring: John Candy, Richard Romanus, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Harold Ramis, Rodger Bumpass
Director: Gerald Potterton

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Heavy Metal Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Heavy Metal is an ugly film, and Sony's 1080p, 1.85:1-framed transfer preservers the film's natural state. There's some evident wobble, sloppy colors, questionable detail, errant noise, and spots and speckles aplenty, but such is Heavy Metal; the film would lose much of its appeal were it cleaned up and polished, and such a transfer would have been a disservice to the end product. For as visually unappealing as the film may be at times, Sony's transfer is a step up from standard definition, even if the improvement is occasionally only negligible. Clarity is certainly given a boost, and the image will retain its definition and detailing when blown up for large displays. Colors are raw and runny but stable within the confines of the source. Detail is fine; the transfer reveals all there is to see with as much clarity as the film is ever likely to display. The image is flat and soft here and there, again issues inherent to the source, it seems, and not Sony's transfer. Noise is evident too, heavy enough in some paces to the point that it becomes a distraction. All in all, though, this is a good-looking transfer of a movie that's not so pretty. To say much negative about Sony's handiwork here would be unfair, and the innate sloppiness only gives the movie much of its natural charm.


Heavy Metal Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Heavy Metal features a DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless soundtrack that certainly doesn't want for volume. This track takes full avantage of the entire soundstage, implementing the surround channels with regularity and creating an exciting, but not always aurally satisfying, 360-degree experience. The track features plenty of energy from the get-go; the green orb rips across the soundstage as the film opens, leaving a heavy, crunchy, bass-happy path in its wake. This effect, and others like it, play as a little unrefined, but the sheer force of the track sometimes makes up for the absence of greater precision. The 1980s-style Rock music plays with an appropriate harsh and energetic edge that's reflective of the style and era, but some tracks, such as a song heard during the Captain Sternn segment, play with a distinct mushiness that takes away from the overall experience. Dialogue, too, can waver between satisfyingly clear and slightly off-balance and crunchy. Overall, this isn't a bad listen. It's fun and powerful, but fans hoping for greater overall clarity might be disappointed. Still, the slightly off-balance feel seems to fit the picture's style quite well.



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