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King of New York Blu-ray

United States
Lionsgate Films | 1990 | 106 min | Rated R | Oct 23, 2007

King of New York (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (19.33 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD HR 6.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX

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English, Spanish

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25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 2.6 of 52.6
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King of New York

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In New York, crime gets done Frank's way - or it doesn't get done at all. Recently freed from prison, Frank White hooks up with his old crew to challenge his fellow drug lords. Each bloody battle aims at a piece of the high-priced action where being at the top of the chain can mean the difference between life and death. Unable to keep him behind bars, the cops declare war on him. Frank's answer-put a contract out on the cops.

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

Starring: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, Victor Argo, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito
Director: Abel Ferrara

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King of New York Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio and encoded in VC-1 at an average of 20Mbps on this high definition Blu-ray disc release, Lionsgate's transfer of the 1990 film King of New York for this release is splendid. Though the film source does show some wear in places, the encoding is sharp, film grain (of which there is much naturally present here) is well captured, flesh tones are immaculate, and color balance is excellent. From the darkest scenes to those with the most lighting, fine detail is well represented with no black crush and no overblown contrast levels.

One of the better looking scenes of the film, is the confrontation on the subway train between Frank White and the lead detective who has been hunting him down throughout the film. This scene captures the New York City subway system at night with perfection. The lighting right down to the flat red color of the train, the gray seats and the metallic standing pole is completely authentic, realistic and places you right on the train where the action is.

As far as I could see, no compression issues ever popped up, and the gritty, highly stylized visual world of King of New York was always well maintained in this well done release from Lionsgate. Only those who have a problem with films that have a lot of grain might have an issue with this release, but that is not a problem with the transfer or the encoding.



King of New York Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

For this high definition Blu-ray release, Lionsgate have chosen the rarely utilized, but still exceptional "HR" (High Resolution) lossy 3.0Mbps variant of the dts-HD advanced audio codec for the 6.1 mix on this disc. Though not quite as good as its lossless counterpart, dts-HD MA, or uncompressed PCM, from which the advanced codecs are sourced anyhow, the high bitrate dts-HD HR is amazingly adept at purveying spectacular sound superior to that of the dts and Dolby Digital lossy codecs that preceded it, particularly for a soundtrack of this nature which is relatively older and somewhat subdued in nature. For those out there that do not have the most revealing sound systems, one might not be able to hear a difference between this dts-HD HR soundtrack and a lossless, or uncompressed PCM soundtrack, particularly with this material.

The 6.1 mix for King of New York is incredibly subdued for what we might expect from a film of this nature by today's standards, but King of New York was released in 1990, not 2007.

The placement of sounds across the front three channels is excellent and nothing ever gets lost. Sounds are believable, dialogue is full, clear and pronounced, and sound effects are well spread out, if slightly thin. There's more than enough in the lower frequencies for the audio content of the soundtrack, and the marvelously intense film score by Joe Delia is balanced into the film perfectly, although the strings sometimes tended to sound a bit tinny. The sequences that featured the early-90's Hip-Hop music sounded superb, and worked the sub the most, to no surprise.

The surround channels were used for ambience, which could have been raised ever so slightly to open up the sound a little bit more. There were no whiz-bang effects flying around the room, as one might expect were this a 6.1 mix of a more contemporary film, or if the remixers had strayed farther from the original filmaker's intent.

Overall, I have to rate this as a pleasing soundtrack, that could have been improved slightly by toning down the high frequencies just a bit on the gunfire special effects, creating a bit more ambience in the surround channels, and perhaps moving up to a lossless codec.





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