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JFK Blu-ray

United States
DigiBook Warner Bros. | 1991 | 206 min | Rated R | Nov 11, 2008

JFK (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (18.85 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)

Subtitles
English SDH, French

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

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Video 3.8 of 53.8
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 3.6 of 53.6
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Epic16%
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JFK

 (1991)

JFK Blu-ray offers solid video and decent audio, but overall it's a mediocre Blu-ray release

Oliver Stone's detailed examination of possible answers to unsolved mysteries surrounding John F. Kennedy's assassination. Kevin Costner plays New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, who remained unconvinced by the Warren Commission Report and launched his own investigation. This film was released on a wave of controversy and led to calls for Congress to re-open government records from the 1977 House Select Committee on the assassination. Stone weaves actual archive footage with historical reconstruction and conjecture to present his argument that Kennedy was killed by the CIA due to his desire to withdraw troops from Vietnam. The film gained several Oscar nominations and Stone won a Golden Globe award for Best Director.

For more about JFK and the JFK Blu-ray release, see JFK Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Sissy Spacek, Joe Pesci, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Wayne Knight
Director: Oliver Stone

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JFK Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

With at least some elements of JFK shot on 35 mm, 16 mm and 8 mm, in black and white and color with live action and newsreel footage, the movie becomes a hodgepodge of chopped-up scenes and sources, different film-stock and various camera styles. After the initial round of montages and manipulations are over, however, the film settles into quite a lush groove in its 2.4:1 aspect ratio. With convincing earth tones and skin color and far more definition than seen previously on home video, Warner's BD delivers a remarkably good transfer that far surpasses any NTSC version, including the most recent DVD. There are problems with black level, where gradation detail is lost. Occasionally, other anomalies pop up. But overall, the transfer is no worse than another Stone film that Warner produced for digibook via VC-1 encode: Natural Born Killers. In both films, Stone clearly sacrificed picture quality for emotional impact, and that comes across in 1080p.

The magical level of detail and definition associated with the best BDs just isn't there in JFK. While this is more the fault of the original production than the transfer for Blu-ray release, overall the quality can best be described as average. Watch the scene where Donald Southerland who plays a "deep throat" type of character dubbed "Mr. X" in the movie, sits with Garrison on a park bench looking out over the mall of the nation's capital. From the lush green grass and fabric of the mens' suits to the reflecting pool and monument in the background--it all appears with good color and detail but lacks any real wow factor or extraordinary dynamics.


JFK Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

While Warner is to be commended for including a high definition track, the audio has its share of problems. Though rare, audible distortion can be heard at points throughout the film, not unlike an analog-to-digital transfer in the early days of CD. This type of anomaly from the advent of digital audio is not what one wants to hear in a newly remastered Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track. Often, lugubrious violins or a mournful trumpet rises in the mix, but mostly it's dominated by crisp dialogue. Considering that little action occurs, the surround field is surprisingly immersive with ample use of rear channels during a downpour for example, and heavy use of LFE. Dialog, solidly anchored in the center channel, often sounds thin and does not show the treble extension characteristic of the very best audio content available on Blu-ray disc. Neither does the soundtrack music. The weak midrange appears dead, muddled and stuck to the speaker. The bass, too, is poorly defined and perhaps over-aggressive for car engines. But for most people, the 5.1 TrueHD content is perfectly sufficient, sounding better than the average DVD.


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