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Newsies Blu-ray

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20th Anniversary Edition Disney / Buena Vista | 1992 | 121 min | Rated PG | Jun 19, 2012

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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 3.5 of 53.5
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Newsies

 (1992)

Newsies Blu-ray offers solid video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

July, 1899: When Joseph Pulitzer raises the distribution price one-tenth of a cent per paper, ten cents per hundred, the newsboys, poor enough already, are outraged. Inspired by the strike put on by the trolley workers, Jack "Cowboy" Kelly organizes a newsboys' strike. With David Jacobs as the brains of the new union, and Jack as the voice, the weak and oppressed band together and challenge the powerful.

For more about Newsies and the Newsies Blu-ray release, see Newsies Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Christian Bale, David Moscow, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall, Max Casella, Gabriel Damon
Director: Kenny Ortega

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Newsies Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Newsies was the last feature film shot by the late Andrew Laszlo, a veteran cinematographer with a varied resumé that included Streets of Fire and The Warriors for Walter Hill, the original Rambo film, First Blood, and the fifth Star Trek film, The Final Frontier. Laszlo had worked in television, but he didn't compose or shoot for it when making a feature film. This is especially crucial for a film like Newsies, where scene after scene involves large groups of people, often in motion.

The image on Disney's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray for Newsies presents some interesting issues. It's a detailed image, even though it doesn't have the crisp edges that eyes conditioned by digital photography have come to expect. If you don't go in looking for hard-edged "pop", but focus instead on the details of faces, costumes and decor, especially in long shots, it quickly becomes evident that the Blu-ray effectively reproduces the elaborate production design and the multitude of youthful cast members. The palette of Newsies is muted and dominated by the browns of street life, but in contrasting environments (Pulitzer's office or Medda's theater) brighter and more saturated hues appear, and the transfer brings them out effectively. Deep blacks are rarely in evidence, but this appears to be by design; no part of the frame is ever completely dark.

Several posters on the Blu-ray.com forum have complained that parts of the film are too grainy. My own reaction was the opposite: I found large portions to be suspiciously "clean". I've spent some time reexamining portions of the film and have reached the following conclusions:

  1. Newsies has not been subjected to what people like to call "DNR". Let me repeat that with emphasis: Anyone citing this review for the proposition that Newsies has been "DNR'd" fails the reading comprehension test.

  2. Film grain is still visible throughout Newsies, but you often have to look closely to see it. Its visibility has been reduced as much as possible, consistent with a philosophy that seems to be gaining in major studios to minimize the appearance of visible film grain in Blu-ray transfers. (Sony is the notable exception.) The goal seems to be to make films from the analog era more closely resemble films from the brave new world of digital photography, digital projection and digital intermediates, because that's the look contemporary audiences have come to expect.

  3. The software available to post facilities has progressed to the point where the detail represented by film grain can be adequately translated to video without stripping it away. This is yet another reason (aside from imprecise usage) why "DNR" is no longer a relevant term. Post facilities no longer strip away grain as noise; they translate it into something that appears stable on video. (For a shining example, see Aliens.)

  4. Even with a first-rate "translation" of film grain to video, there are some scenes in Newsies—almost always in low-light conditions—where the grain is heavier. The granular texture of the translated image is therefore more obvious. But never does the image shimmer or vibrate the way an image typically described as "grainy" would.

Bottom line? Newsies is a well-done transfer if (but only if) one accepts both of the following principles: (a) the film will never look like a contemporary production, nor should it; and (b) the "de-graining" philosophy represented by the Newsies transfer is the way to go.

I have no problem with (a), but I do have a problem with (b), even though there are major directors who clearly do not (James Cameron for one; John Landis for another, given what he allowed to be done with Three Amigos!). But I'm not driving this bus, and neither are the self-anointed videophiles who squawk about "DNR" as if it meant something, when it's already yesterday's news.


Newsies Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The film's Dolby stereo surround mix is presented in DTS-HD MA 5.1, and the remix is conservative, using the discrete format to open up and clarify the vocals and instrumentation of the songs and otherwise leaving well enough alone. The dialogue is clear, in spite of (or maybe because of) the exaggerated accents and the aggressive period slang. One can readily understand why fans lobbied Disney to stage Newsies as a musical, because the actors already seem to be delivering much of their dialogue as if from a stage. (In fact, the book was entirely rewritten for the musical.) The original studio recordings of the songs are well-served by the discrete 5.1 format, as is the interstitial underscore by J.A.C. Redford.



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