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Miami Connection Blu-ray

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Blu-ray + Digital Copy Image Entertainment | 1987 | 87 min | Not rated | Dec 11, 2012

Miami Connection (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (29.99 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kbps)
Note: Package listing DTS-HD MA...

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English SDH

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Extras 3.8 of 53.8
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Miami Connection

 (1987)

Miami Connection Blu-ray features poor video and audio in this poor Blu-ray release

A martial arts rock band goes up against a band of motorcycle ninjas who have tightened their grip on Florida's narcotics trade.

For more about Miami Connection and the Miami Connection Blu-ray release, see Miami Connection Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.0 out of 5.

Starring: Vincent Hirsch, Joseph Diamand, Maurice Smith
Directors: Y.K. Kim, Woo-sang Park

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Miami Connection Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.0 of 5

A brief disclaimer appears before the Blu-ray's menu loads:
Miami Connection was almost lost when a hurricane destroyed the film's original negative in 2004.

Our transfer was assembled from the best existing materials and scanned at 2K resolution. Due to the nature of the available elements, some imperfections and inconsistencies may occur.

The "we" behind "[o]ur transfer" is nowhere identified, but presumably it refers to Drafthouse Films, because no one else was investing any money in Miami Connection before Drafthouse acquired it. (The hurricane in question must be Hurricane Charley, which caused extensive damage to Orlando in August 2004.)

Sure enough, the source materials for Miami Connection are of inconsistent quality, with portions in relatively good shape and others showing considerable wear and tear in the form of scratches, blotches, dirt and dust. Clarity and detail are only fair, although I suspect they were never particularly good, especially in night scenes where lighting would have been less than ideal. The cinematographer was Maximo Munzi, who has continued to work in TV and independent film, but this was only his second feature, and he was working with a director who could barely speak English and a cast and crew of non-professionals. It's a minor miracle he got anything at all on film.

I have never seen a screening of the restored Miami Connection, but I'm willing to bet that the image on Drafthouse/Image's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray is as strong as the source will allow. Blacks are weak, detail is inconsistent and colors are washed out. The film's low-budget origins, plus the lack of an OCN, are evident in the graininess of the image, but the grain is accentuated by an overlay of video noise that is most noticeable in fine detail in the background of long shots; instead of the "alive" and shifting patterns of film emulsion, we get the rapidly vibrating particles of agitated pixels. Fortunately, Drafthouse's technical crew made the correct decision not to strip away the noise at the expense of removing detail. Unfortunately, the detail that remains is in service of a movie that I can't be convinced is good, no matter how many times its creators tell me otherwise.


Miami Connection Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.0 of 5

Although the Blu-ray jacket indicates a sound format of DTS-HD MA 2.0, the only soundtrack on the disc is Dolby Digital 2.0 at the standard DVD format of 192 kbps. The original audio format was "Ultra Stereo", which was the generic form of Dolby Surround. Although no disclaimer appears regarding audio elements, scratchiness at the very beginning announces that they are in rough shape, but perhaps that was always the case. Voices have a thin, compressed quality that I suspect would not improve with lossless encoding. (Neither would the tin-eared dialogue.) The sound effects have the artificial quality of a badly dubbed Hong Kong film, and the synth-heavy score has a muddy, blurred quality that, again, is most likely not a result of the encoding format. Despite repeated assertions in the commentary and other extras that the songs by Dragon Sound are "classics" and "catchy", I found them generic and instantly forgettable—and that's coming from someone who was there in the Eighties and loves the music. Even the cheesiest pop tunes have to be well-crafted. Dragon Sound's are not.



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