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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Blu-ray

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20th Century Fox | 2003 | 138 min | Rated PG-13 | May 13, 2008

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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (27.87 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)

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English, English SDH, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean

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Audio 5.0 of 55.0
Extras 2.1 of 52.1
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Blu-ray delivers stunning video and reference-quality audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Captain "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, renowned as a fighting captain in the British Navy, and ship's doctor Stephen Maturin are on board their ship, the H.M.S. Surprise, when they're suddenly attacked by a superior enemy. With the Surprise badly damaged and much of his crew injured, Aubrey is torn between duty and friendship as he pursues a high-stakes chase across two oceans, to intercept and capture his foe. It's a mission that can make his reputation -- or destroy Lucky Jack and his crew. In the course of the characters' epic journey, the movie travels the world -- from the coast of Brazil to the storm-tossed waters of Cape Horn, south through ice and snow, to the far side of the world, to the remote shores of The Galapagos Islands. Based on author Patrick O'Brian's series of Aubrey/Maturin novels, the story is set during the Napoleonic Wars.

For more about Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and the Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Blu-ray release, see Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D'Arcy, Lee Ingleby, Robert Pugh
Director: Peter Weir

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

The picture quality of Master and Commander ranks alongside several other Fox BDs, such as The Day After Tomorrow with near-reference-quality depth, black level, contrast and detail. Because much of the film takes place in shadows and darkness, at night or in the ship's chambers, different viewers will have different impressions of the video. Those with screens allowing them to see definition in dark areas will be thrilled with the black level, while others may complain about a lack of definition. The quality of the brighter scenes, however, is beyond criticism, with extraordinary color vibrancy and resolution.

As in all the bright scenes, the shots of the Galápagos Islands show dramatic definition in land surfaces, water surfaces as well as skin tones. Watch the textures of volcanic rock as Maturin explores the terrain to collect specimens. It's impossible to miss the vibrancy and lifelike detail in the picture. But even more interesting are the dark scenes that manage to use low-level contrast to delineate characters and shapes. The night scenes and darkened ship's chambers are where I expect some viewers to have problems resolving all the definition. The black-level detail is there to be mined, free of pixellation and excess noise. But not everyone has a screen capable of resolving the gradients of black and shades of grey. The small film grain is unobtrusive and should not bother even the staunchest anti-grain videophile. It is also worth noting that the camerawork is extraordinary and Overall, the picture was practically reference quality, but Fox may have used some processing that held it back a smidgeon.


Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

The audio is the real spark that ignites Master and Commander, bringing life to the action. This was apparent even in the DVD version, but the Blu-ray goes beyond the excellent sound quality of the earlier release. Now, for the first time, the Blu-ray's DTS HD MA track allows lossless access to sound designer Richard King's original mix. This is a big deal for several reasons. First, it shows off the superior dynamics of lossless audio. Second, the audio engineering of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a landmark achievement in film history. King's work was the subject of an NPR Arts and Culture focus on "All Things Considered", when the film was released in 2003. No stock audio or prepackaged noises were used for the sound effects, according to King. The attention to detail, recording and mixing are reference level.

Listen to the battle scene at the beginning of the film when cannons fire, the projectiles rip through the air and slam into the hull of the Surprise, splintering the wood, sending men and debris flying. Modern audio design involves a blend of sounds created in innovative ways. For example, the sound of a fist hitting someone's face is often created by recording a head of lettuce thrown onto a hard surface. The roar of dinosaurs in Jurassic Park was created by carefully blending the sounds of several animals, including birds and cats, and adjusting the speed of playback. King's work in Master and Commander goes beyond that in its pursuit of realism. What seems to be a straightforward recording of a cannon firing is actually a blend of recordings engineered to complement the action and assigned to the appropriate channel in the mix.

Another excellent scene for evaluating the audio is as the Surprise chases the Acheron around Cape Horn. Here, the audio conveys the howling winds, torrential rain, creaking planks of the ship and the crashing waves. Rarely if ever have Blu-ray fans been treated to an audio mix with this combination of resolution and immersion. Even during quieter scenes, the audio quality is uncanny in its realism. Sonic cues like the sounds of water and footsteps lend good presence to the DTS HD MA track. The rich midrange during the Bach viola and cello pieces, as well as voices and gunshots have a strength and palpability rarely heard in home theater mixes.


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