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John Q Blu-ray

United States
New Line Cinema | 2002 | 116 min | Rated PG-13 | Apr 07, 2009

John Q (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
German: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English, Spanish, German

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

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 4.0 of 54.0
Based on 4 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Thriller100%
Crime87%
Drama41%
70%
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John Q

 (2002)

John Q Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

Police have surrounded the ER where a desperate man holds hostages and demands that the hospital do what his HMO refuses to allow provide an operation for his critically ill son. The media storms the scene and with each passing moment, the man called John Q is becoming a hero of sorts. Academy Award winner* Denzel Washington brings remarkable depth to the title role of this issues-driven thriller featuring an elite cast. Is John Q a vigilante? A heroic father? You decide. But when it comes to his son, John Q wont take “no” for an answer.

For more about John Q and the John Q Blu-ray release, see John Q Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall, James Woods, Kimberly Elise, Daniel E. Smith, Anne Heche
Director: Nick Cassavetes

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John Q Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

At least John Q's 1080p/VC-1 transfer is more captivating than the film itself. Even though Cassavetes employs a bleak, almost monochromatic palette over the duration of the hospital siege, primaries (particularly reds) pop with authority, the darkest shadows are fully resolved, and skintones are relatively accurate. As an added bonus, stark but comfortable contrast leveling imbues the image with an engrossing depth of field. Eagle-eyed viewers may notice that detail is often sharp one moment and underwhelming the next, but fine textures have been pleasantly preserved, edges are well defined, and overall clarity is commendable. Best of all, the transfer isn't affected by the rampant technical issues currently haunting other recent New Line releases -- I didn't detect any significant artifacting, distracting digital noise, or problematic crush. While lingering edge enhancement occasionally sullies the proceedings and a faint veneer of grain can't decide if it's coming or going, the picture nevertheless boasts a clean, sturdy, and attractive appearance. And while a handful of troublesome close-ups left me wondering if Warner had applied some minor noise reduction (DNR), my findings were inconclusive.

Nitpicks aside, I'm happy to report that John Q thoroughly outclasses its DVD counterpart and features a more satisfying transfer than most of the other bargain-priced Warner titles I've plowed through this week.


John Q Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

John Q may not have explosions, collapsing buildings, or transforming robots worthy of wooing audiophiles away from their favorite demo discs, but its Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround track is nevertheless an impressive lossless mix that effectively recreates a variety of environments. Sirens realistically blare across open roads, a baseball game brims with authentic ambience, a factory erupts with activity, a quiet waiting room hums with florescent lights and distant vending machines, and a cramped operating room subtly echoes every voice. The audio presentation isn't perfect -- dialogue prioritization is a tad unforgiving at times, a few lines are lost in busier sequences, and some high-end effects lack the stability of others -- but solid LFE support adds a natural sense of weight to the soundscape and directionality is exceedingly precise. More importantly, smooth pans and meticulous sound design allow each element to function as if it inhabits a tangible world rather than a virtual, six-speaker space. All things considered, John Q's TrueHD track is an excellent companion to the disc's video transfer and will allow viewers to effortlessly sink into the film's preachy reality.


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