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Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers Blu-ray

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Inception Media Group | 2011 | 96 min | Not rated | Jan 08, 2013

Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-2 (22.76 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.36:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Note: DD=384 kbps...

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Single disc (1 BD)

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Audio 2.0 of 52.0
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Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers

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Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers Blu-ray offers solid video and poor audio in this mediocre Blu-ray release

Untold and lost history. A true story of the American Pathfinders, the volunteer paratroopers whose deadly mission was to land 30 minutes before the Normandy invasion, locate and mark strategic "drop zones" and set up the top-secret navigation equipment needed to guide the main airborne assault on D-Day.

For more about Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers and the Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers Blu-ray release, see Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: Michael Conner Humphreys, Christopher Serrone, David Poland, Suzanne Owens-Duval, Ryan Findley, Catherine Johnson
Director: Curt A. Sindelar

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Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Pathfinders has no credit for a cinematographer. Its other credits, which are listed in a bizarre order bearing no relation to that stipulated by Hollywood union rules, indicate almost nothing about the shooting format or the post-production process. IMDb claims the movie was shot on film in the Super35 format, but if so it has been processed to resemble digital photography.

Whatever the form of origination, the image as presented on Inception Media's 1080p, MPEG2-encoded Blu-ray follows the now-familiar formula for "gritty" war films of desaturating the palette until nearly all color has vanished from the image (with the notable exception of McRoberts' dinner with Beth and her family). At the point where the mission begins and the pathfinders are dropped into France at night, the image is virtually black-and-white. It's a reasonably detailed image, though I suspect it might be more so with a more advanced codec than MPEG2, since there's a small but noticeable amount of video noise that creeps in with the older compression scheme. The main reason I suspect digital capture is because no noticeable film grain is observable. If any was there, it was removed by the same post-production process that leeched away the color. It's not an especially attractive image, but within the limits of MPEG2, it appears to represent the filmmakers' intent.


Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.0 of 5

The Blu-ray's audio track is Dolby Digital 5.1 at the anemic bitrate of 384 kbps, which is rarely used even on DVD anymore. There's certainly no excuse for using it on Blu-ray, where bandwidth is not an issue. Except when space is an issue (and that isn't the case here), DD 5.1 on Blu-ray should always use the maximum permissible bitrate of 640 kbps.

The track is inconsistently recorded and mixed, with some dialogue scenes sounding hollow and "chesty", while others sound normal. Bass extension is limited, although whether this is a function of the mix or the lossy format and its low bitrate is impossible to say. Surround activity is fairly tame for a film in which half of the running time is spent in battle zones with the sound of flying bullets and distant machine gun fire all around. The score credited to Chris Hurn, Philip Delorenzo, Lilli Turner & Steve Averill strikes a generically military tone for the big scenes, and at other times retreats to a distant throbbing sound that is the most active element for a 5.1 system's subwoofer.


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Pathfinders: In The Company of Strangers Blu-ray - November 8, 2012

Independent distributors Inception Media Gorup have officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray director Curt A. Sindelar's Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers (2011), starring Michael Conner Humphreys, Christopher Serrone and Suzanne Owens-Duval. ...


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