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Parenthood Blu-ray

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Universal 100th Anniversary / Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Universal Studios | 1989 | 124 min | Rated PG-13 | Mar 06, 2012

Parenthood (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: DTS 2.0
Spanish: DTS 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
Digital copy (as download)
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BD-Live
Mobile features

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region free

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 3.9 of 53.9
Extras 3.8 of 53.8
Based on 2 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Comedy100%
Drama23%

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Parenthood

 (1989)

Parenthood Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

A comedy about parenthood, and dealing with the lives of a family, from several points of view.

For more about Parenthood and the Parenthood Blu-ray release, see Parenthood Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest, Jason Robards, Jr., Rick Moranis, Keanu Reeves
Director: Ron Howard

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Parenthood Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Since Parenthood is a Universal catalogue title, someone is already unhappy with this review. Displeasure begins with the video score, and many readers never proceed further, even though the write-up in this section is essential to interpreting the score. Whenever a reviewer rates a Universal catalogue title too highly, someone cries foul, because it's an a priori certainty that Universal always "butchers" its catalogue. But the very same rating may draw criticism from the other direction, e.g., "It looks good on my set, and it's light years ahead of the DVD. Maybe the reviewer's screen is too big!"

Cinematographer Donald McAlpine can do lush, rich cinematography as well as anyone, as demonstrated by his work on Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet. But McAlpine's photography for Parenthood is as low-key and everyday as it comes, and that's what you get on Universal's 1080p, VC-1-encoded Blu-ray. The colors are distinct and varied, but they're rarely rich or heavily saturated. The detail is good enough to let one appreciate, as never before since the film was in theaters, such minutia as the goofily makeshift cowboy outfit that Gil has to throw together for Kevin's party, when "Cowboy Bob" doesn't show. Black levels are generally strong, although scenes calling for deep black are rare, and contrast isn't overstated. The film grain appears to be undisturbed by high-frequency filtering or other digital manipulation, and the use of a BD-50 has eliminated any risk of compression errors.

The sole negative in the video presentation is a hint, a tinge, a soupçon of oversharpening that makes the texture of the presentation lean slightly more toward a video than a film-like appearance. It's a minor quibble and not enough to make a meaningful difference in the video rating.


Parenthood Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Parenthood was released in Dolby stereo, and the 5.1 remix presented here in DTS-HD MA takes a conservative approach but still makes good use of the surround field at a few key moments. Chief among them is the climactic scene at a school play that doesn't go according to plan, where Gil Buckman has one of the fantasy visions that punctuate the film, revealing major truths to both Gil and the audience. This one is accompanied by the sound of a roller coaster, which can be heard coursing through the rear speakers. (The significance of the roller coaster is explained in a prior scene.) Kevin Buckman's Little League games and birthday party also provide occasions for use of the rear channels, but the sound design was never intended to have you looking over your shoulder, and the remix doesn't go overboard. The dialogue—frustrated, rueful, bitter, angry or, in the case of Tom Hulce's Larry, just plain false—is always clear, and Randy Newman's fine score floats above the proceedings like a distant and wise relation, the unseen Buckman who loves everyone and forgives them all.



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