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Malcolm X Blu-ray

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DigiBook / Includes 1972 Documentary "Malcolm X" Warner Bros. | 1992 | 202 min | Rated PG-13 | Jan 31, 2012

Malcolm X (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (18.96 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0
Italian: Dolby Digital 2.0
Note: French and Spanish tracks...

English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Italian SDH, Norwegian, Swedish

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Audio 4.3 of 54.3
Extras 4.2 of 54.2
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Malcolm X


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

The life of the controversial black leader Malcolm X, who emerged from the streets to become a powerful voice for the black rights movement in America. The film follows X from his days as a Harlem pusher, through his conversion to Islam in prison, his pilgrimage to Mecca and finally to his assassination.

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

Starring: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Angela Bassett, Al Freeman, Jr., Delroy Lindo, Albert Hall
Director: Spike Lee

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Malcolm X Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Blu-ray edition of Malcolm X features an excellent 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer, true to director Spike Lee and cinematographer Ernest Dickerson's intentions. There are a few issues -- slight edge halos are visible from time to time, minor crush creeps in, and film grain, though intact and unobtrusive, spikes a bit on occasion -- but none of it is ever severe or troubling enough to disappoint or distract from the experience. When the film begins, though, casual viewers may pause. During Malcolm's young adult years, Lee and Dickerson rely on diffusion and other tricks of the trade to give the film a soft, hazy amber glow; one that doesn't exhibit a high level of fine detail but gives Malcolm's zoot suit days and small-time criminal nights a roughhewn, vintage look that makes his later years more stark and striking. As Malcolm flirts with danger and earns himself a prison sentence, the film, like X, slowly but steadily undergoes a change. Sharper than when it began, it emerges from solitary confinement with greater clarity; still soft at times, but demanding that much more attention. Closeups are revealing (even if they're not what I'd call razor-sharp), fine textures are relatively refined and well-resolved (insofar as the original photography allows), and edge definition is quite good (barring the shots that are sullied by the slight halos I mentioned before). Colors, meanwhile, are nice and natural throughout, primaries pack punch, skintones are lifelike on the whole, contrast is consistent, and black levels are rich and satisfying.

The encode itself is just as proficient. Significant artifacting, banding and other anomalies aren't a factor (significant being the key word), the print is in almost pristine condition (by luck, proper preservation, careful restoration or perhaps a combination of all three), and only a handful of blink-and-you'll-miss-em eyesores pepper the proceedings. Spec hounds may also be concerned that the 202-minute film is being "crammed" onto a single BD-50 disc (with extras and lossless audio in tow), but I didn't see any evidence of cramming, inefficient compression or, really, anything that would lead me to believe the film would have been better served if it were spread across two discs. Obviously, more disc space and a beefier bitrate would offer some measurable improvement, but when the film is in motion, I doubt that difference would be easily perceived, if at all. In the end, Warner has done well by Malcolm X. The award-winning biopic leaves its mark on Blu-ray, and fans and newcomers alike will take notice.

Malcolm X Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Warner's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track is also faithful to the film's original sound design, even though that means the soundfield isn't as immersive or convincing as the sort that would grace Malcolm X if it were being made today. That said, very little comes up short. Dialogue is clean, clear and intelligible, with only a handful of lines being dragged beneath the more chaotic scenes and, as is more often the case, Terence Blanchard's LFE-bolstered score. Prioritization is still more than acceptable, thankfully, and ambience and other effects are given plenty of opportunities to shine. (Gunfire and breaking glass struck me as a bit tinny, but catalog connoisseurs won't be surprised.) Low-end output is hearty and strong, dynamics are more than serviceable, and rear speaker activity, while a tad inconsistent from scene to scene, adds welcome depth to what could have been a front-heavy, one-dimensional experience. It's Washington's voice, though, that commands the most respect, and rightfully so. Malcolm X's speeches, declarations and tirades lord over the soundscape, becoming larger than life in the process. It may not be a perfectly immersive mix, but it's definitely an engrossing one.

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Malcolm X Blu-ray - October 10, 2011

After many delays, Warner Home Entertainment will finally bring Malcolm X to Blu-ray next year. In an Academy Award-nominated performance, Denzel Washington (Glory) stars as the famed activist; director Spike Lee (Inside Man) charts Malcolm's journey from his ...

Malcolm X Blu-ray Cancelled - January 19, 2011

Warner Home Video has informed that the Blu-ray release of the Spike Lee movie Malcolm X (which had been announced for January 25), has been cancelled due to a rights issue regarding the music cues used in the movie. WHV has noted that all parties involved are ...

The Color Purple, Malcolm X Blu-ray Announced - September 28, 2010

Warner Home Video has announced two critically-acclaimed dramas for Blu-ray release on January 25, 2011: The Color Purple (Steven Spielberg, 1985) and Malcolm X (Spike Lee, 1992). Both will be presented in DigiBook packaging. Technical specifications and special ...

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