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Merantau Blu-ray

United States
Magnolia Pictures | 2009 | 106 min | Rated R | Dec 28, 2010

Merantau (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Malay: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish

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

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Video 2.5 of 52.5
Audio 2.8 of 52.8
Extras 2.5 of 52.5
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Merantau

 (2009)

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

In Minangkabau, West Sumatra, Yuda a skilled practitioner of Silat Harimau is in the final preparations to begin his 'merantau,' a century's old rites of passage carried out by the community's young men which will see him leave the comforts of his village and make a name for him in the bustling city of Jakarta. After a series of setbacks, Yuda is left homeless and uncertain about his new future. Later on, he encounters an orphan named Astri and protects him from becoming a victim of a European human trafficking ring led by Ratger and his right- hand man Luc. With Ratger injured in the melee, he seeks both the boy and bloody retribution. Yuda is then forced to go on the run with Astri and her younger brother Adit. In the end, he has no choice but to face his attackers in an adrenaline charged finale.

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

Starring: Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessica, Christine Hakim, Yayan Ruhian
Director: Gareth Evans

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Merantau Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Magnolia Home Entertainment brings Merantau to Blu-ray with a 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer that's probably fairly true to intent, but also looks garish and—there's really no kinder way to say this—cheap. The film was shot on high definition video, and from the looks of it, it was put through some heavy-handed color toning in post-production. Highlights are frequently blown out on bright colors—see the nighttime neons or the inflamed reds of the pimp's shirt in his first appearance—and skin tones have a tendency to look oversaturated. Black levels are adequately deep, but contrast—as you've probably gathered—often runs much too hot. Clarity is decidedly mixed. While there are moments when detail is comparatively refined, there are also entire scenes with murky delineation and soft, spongy textures. On the encode side of things, the presentation shows occasional signs of compression— banding in some color gradients, most notably—but nothing too distracting. Most of this disc's visual issues are purely aesthetic and have to do with the way the footage was shot and processed, but I think few would say the high definition image looks stunning or even pleasing.


Merantau Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

As usual for its foreign language releases, Magnolia serves up two audio options. The disc defaults to an English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio dub, but let me steer you away from that track from the get-go. Like most dubs, this one is laughably bad, and worse, it makes the film's pacing seem slower than it actually is, as the voiceover actors read their lines with a dry, molasses-like cadence. More natural, of course, is the native Indonesian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix, which may not be the most sonically action-packed track you've heard this year—far, far from it—but, considering the film's miniscule budget, is at least fairly clean and dynamic. The fight scenes are dominated by some of the most generic rock guitar riffing imaginable, but the music fills the rears and carries plenty of punch. Otherwise, the surround channels are only sparsely used for quiet ambience and the occasional smash-bang- pow effect. (The weirdest audio moment is when you hear some snotty-sounding tears behind you; turns out it's a little crying kid hiding behind a corrugated iron door.) Vocals aren't the cleanest to have ever been recorded, but there's no awkward muffling or crackling in the dialogue. Keep your expectations low and you won't be disappointed with this track.



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Merantau Blu-ray Announced - October 19, 2010

Magnolia Home Entertainment has announced the Indonesian martial arts film Merantau (also known as Merantau Warrior) for Blu-ray release on December 28. The title refers to a traditional rite of passage in which a young man must leave his family's home to make ...




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