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Highlander Blu-ray

United Kingdom
SteelBook / The Immortal Edition Optimum Home Entertainment | 1986 | 116 min | Rated BBFC: 15 | Jul 06, 2009

Highlander (Blu-ray)
Large:


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

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
German: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Italian: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
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Subtitles
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian… (more)

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

Packaging
SteelBook

Playback
Region free

Price
List price: £24.99, Price history
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Video 3.8 of 53.8
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 3.6 of 53.6
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Highlander

 (1986)

Highlander Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

During a fierce sword battle in the 1500s, Connor MacLeod, a simple Scotsman known as a poor fighter, is mortally wounded -- but he does not die. MacLeod learns from the mysterious Ramνrez that he is of a race of immortals. These rare knights never age and never reproduce, they can only meet death by the blade of another of their kind. Leaping back and forth through the centuries, MacLeod once again meets the evil Kurgan who nearly killed him 500 years ago. <b> There can be only one.</b>

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

Starring: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown, James Cosmo, Beatie Edney
Director: Russell Mulcahy

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Highlander Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with VC-1 and granted a 1080p transfer, Russell Mulcahy's Highlander arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Optimum Home Entertainment.

I am very pleased with Optimum's transfer. Contrast is very strong, clarity terrific and detail about as good as I hoped it would be. The color-scheme is also surprisingly strong – reds, blues, greens, browns, blacks and whites are stable and natural-looking. Furthermore, with the exception of a few selected scenes where a bit of noise filtering has been applied, the transfer conveys plenty of healthy film grain. The daylight scenes in particular look quite strong. I did notice a bit of edge-enhancement popping up here and there, particularly during the first half of the film – most notably when Sean Connery's character, Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, first appears - but, overall, this transfer is undoubtedly a serious upgrade over practically every single release of the film that I have seen during the years. This being said, I noticed a few tiny specks on the print, but dirt, debris, or major scratches are nowhere to be seen. All in all, given how poorly Highlander was treated on DVD, this Blu-ray release will certainly make fans of the film quite happy. (Note: Even though the disc has been marketed as Region-B, it is in fact Region A/B. Therefore, you will be able to play it on your North American PS3 or SA without a problem. You could also set up the main menu in one of the following languages: English, Portuguese, Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, or Swedish).


Highlander Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There are a number of different audio tracks on this Blu-ray release - English Surround DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish Mono DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and Portuguese DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. I opted for the English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track and later on did a few random comparisons with the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track for the purpose of this review.

Though many would probably conclude that the English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track is average at best, I would like to state that it is in fact very good. If you have the old Anchor Bay edition of Highlander (the one with the metal case), I urge you to do a quick comparison with the Blu-ray disc when you get a chance - there are notable improvements on the English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track in terms of balance and fidelity. Additionally, Freddie Mercury's voice is a lot clearer and I definitely did not detect the high-frequency distortions that I hear on the SDVD. This is not to say that the English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track is flawless – treble certainly could have been improved – but it is without a doubt very pleasing.

This being said, I did a few random comparisons with the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Well, just as I was not impressed with all those DTS tracks different companies put on different SDVD editions of the film, I am not overly impressed with the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Simply put, there is something very artificial about it - there is no depth in it, though the dynamic amplitude is obviously better. This being said, the dialog on the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is as crisp and clear as it is on the English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track. For the record, Optimum Entertainment have provided optional English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish and Japanese subtitles for the main feature.


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Studio Statement on Highlander Season One Blu-ray - December 23, 2009

In response to the concerns voiced by the first buyers of the Blu-ray edition of 'Highlander: Season One' (namely, that this was a 720p upconvert of a standard-definition source), Davis-Panzer has sent a statement (as a comment to blu-ray.com's news post of December ...

Highlander UK Special Edition Blu-ray Gets Detailed - June 4, 2009

Optimum Home Entertainment has listed the bonus features for the 'Highlander: Special Edition', which is due to hit UK store shelves on Blu-ray on July 6. Video will be 1.85:1 1080p. Audio specs haven't been listed, but going from the details of the concurrent ...

Optimum Unleashes Blu-ray Deluge - June 2, 2009

Optimum Home Entertainment has added nearly forty catalog titles to its Blu-ray schedule, for release between July and September 2009. Titles run the gamut of genres, from Hong Kong martial arts to European arthouse classics, and more Luc Besson than you can ...

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