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Howl Blu-ray

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DigiPack / Blu-ray + DVD Oscilloscope Pictures | 2010 | 84 min | Rated R | Jan 04, 2011

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

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English, French

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
DVD copy

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing
DigiPack

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 3.5 of 53.5
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Biography18%
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Howl

 (2010)

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

It's San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society's reaction (the obscenity trial), and animation that echoes the poem's surreal style. All three coalesce in hybrid that dramatizes the birth of a counterculture.

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

Starring: James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Bob Balaban, Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker
Directors: Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

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Howl Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Oscilloscope Laboratories brings Howl to Blu-ray with a 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer that—if not the sharpest, most vibrant picture you've seen lately—is certainly rich, organic, and likely true to source. The film's four distinct scenarios are all handled wonderfully here. The black and white sections have a strong monochromatic gradation and an appropriately authentic vintage quality. The court case features a realistic color palette with warm wood hues and balanced skin tones, while the at-home interviews with Ginsberg are given a more intense, almost cross-processed color grading. Finally, the animation, as corny as it is sometimes, at least looks good. The image's sharpness isn't exemplary, but there's plenty of refined detail visible in Ginsberg's wool suits and thin, carefully groomed beard. The film's grain structure looks entirely natural and aside from some mild, blink-and-you'll-miss-it banding in a few of the animated sequences, I didn't spot any notable compression issues.


Howl Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Aside from being mastered somewhat low—I had to bump my receiver up about ten notches from my normal listening levels—there's nothing wrong with the film's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, which handles the limited requirements of the dialogue-driven mix with ease. The animated scenes understandably have the most going on sonically—with occasional cross-channel swishes and swooshes—although the rest of the film does feature a quiet but appreciable amount of New York City ambience. There's nothing particularly intense or room rattling here, but the jazzy music has plenty of presence, the effects are clear, and the dialogue is always clean and comprehensible. The disc also includes an uncompressed PCM 2.0 stereo mix that works just as well.



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Oscilloscope Pictures has announced Howl for Blu-ray release on January 4, 2011, in a BD/DVD combo edition. This experimental film, exploring the figure of Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg (played by James Franco), premiered at Sundance Film Festival and had ...


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