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Murder in the First Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1995 | 123 min | Rated R | Jul 17, 2012

Murder in the First (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.77:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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

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Video 3.8 of 53.8
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Extras 1.9 of 51.9
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Murder in the First

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Murder in the First Blu-ray delivers great video and decent audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement.

For more about Murder in the First and the Murder in the First Blu-ray release, see Murder in the First Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Director: Marc Rocco
Writer: Dan Gordon
Starring: Christian Slater, Kevin Bacon, Gary Oldman, Embeth Davidtz, William H. Macy, Stephen Tobolowsky

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Murder in the First Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Murder in the First's 1080p, 1.77:1-framed transfer isn't a dazzler by any stretch of the imagination -- eyes won't pop and jaws won't drop -- but it is a very proficient, high quality, film-like image that should please purists. This is a warm; slightly soft, at times; image, occasionally a hair too soft but generally easy on the eyes and pleasant in texture. Bright colors are rare and not very vibrant. The image favors a golden tinge, particularly in the courtroom scenes that are accentuated by dark wooden elements. Elsewhere, in the dreary prison locales, the film goes black and blue and gray, symbolizing a sense of despair and hopelessness that's countered by the more pleasing courtroom hues. Detailing is steady, not absolutely revealing but satisfying on a base level. Brighter close-ups offer nicely defined skin textures, and various furnishings around the courtroom offer above-average proficiency in resolution. A light coating of grain accentuates the positives throughout. Blacks can be a bit overwhelming, canceling out shadow detail in the darker scenes, and flesh tones often carry a slightly bronze-ish coloring. There are a handful of black speckles and very slight blocking across a few dark backgrounds, but overall this is a very strong catalogue transfer from Warner Brothers.


Murder in the First Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

Murder in the First arrives on Blu-ray with a satisfactory but sonically uninteresting DTS-HD MA 2.0 lossless soundtrack. It's fairly flat and lacking in energy and spacing, but considering this is a dialogue-intensive film, there's not much that it misses. The track creates a fair sense of space in "The Dungeon" when dripping water lightly saturates the front of the listening area in a somewhat cramped manner. Such subtle ambience is sufficient, but there are no scenes where audiences are pulled into the film from an audio perspective, even in hectic courtroom scenes with a packed gallery. Voices do reverberate a good bit when the prosecutor, defender, judge, and witnesses speak loudly during the proceedings. There's a fair din amongst a collected press pool outside the courthouse and, earlier in the film, inside the prison cafeteria after Young is released from solitary, but again audiences won't feel as if a part of either crowd. A few fireworks pop with good authority and a fair low end midway through the movie. General dialogue occasionally seeps away from the center and plays with a little too much distinction off to one side or another. All in all, though, this is a sufficient track that gets audiences through the movie without any major problems of note.



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