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Phenomenon Blu-ray

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Disney / Buena Vista | 1996 | 123 min | Rated PG | Jul 03, 2012

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

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
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Extras 0.5 of 50.5
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Phenomenon

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Phenomenon Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

On the night of his 37th birthday, George Malley is knocked to the ground by a mysterious blinding light and develops amazing mental abilities. With his new-found knowledge, George astounds everyone in town, but comes to realize that his wondrous experience has changed him and all those around him forever.

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

Starring: John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, Jeffrey DeMunn, Richard Kiley
Director: Jon Turteltaub

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Phenomenon Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

The 1080p, AVC-encoded image for Phenomenon demonstrates once again that Disney is capable of producing a fine Blu-ray of a catalog title when it wants to (thus making The Color of Money an even bigger disgrace). Leaving aside the opening sequence, where the image quality suffers somewhat as a result of optically superimposed titles, the picture is natural-looking, film-like and detailed, with only occasional hints of video noise. The grain structure from the anamorphically acquired photography isn't especially obvious unless you're looking for it, but it doesn't appear to have been filtered, digitally airbrushed or otherwise tampered with, nor are there any tell-tale signs of artificial sharpening. Disney has used a BD-50 for this 123-minute film; so compression artifacts are not an issue.

The palette of Phenomenon is dominated by earth tones, particularly the rich browns of the earth and the greens of plant life. Blues, especially in clothing, are almost as frequent but in small amounts that serve to emphasize the warmer hues by way of contrast. Some of the most notable earth tones are those embodied in Lace's self-designed and hand-made chairs, which play a key role in the story. In the government facilities, cool whites and beiges dominate, because George is far from home and the environment is sterile and unfeeling. Blacks in the frequent night scenes are well-differentiated, allowing for detail to emerge even in areas of shadow. This is also the case in darkened interiors such as Jimmy's bar.


Phenomenon Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Phenomenon's theatrical 5.1 track is presented in DTS-HD MA 5.1, and it's a lovely but low-key affair. Other than a minor earthquake, whose rumbles and rattles make the necessary impression, the film doesn't have any major sonic set pieces. From the opening shots, however, sounds of the country routinely populate the surrounds and eventually blend into the landscape. Since the whole point of George Malley's experience is that, to him, it's no big deal (though other people keep trying to make it one), a bombastic sound track would set the wrong tone.

One element where the quality of the original recording really shines on the Blu-ray's track, other than the crystal-clear dialogue, is the beautiful rendering of Thomas Newman's score. There is no one better than Newman at rendering a certain kind of modest but intense longing, and he does it here with increasing urgency as George's situation grows ever more untenable. The songs carefully selected by soundtrack supervisor Robbie Robertson, incuding Sheryl Crow's "Everyday Is a Winding Road" (four years before Erin Brockovich used it), Eric Clapton's "Change the World" and Aaron Neville's soulful rendition of the Van Morrison song, "Crazy Love", fill the listening space and blend seamlessly with Newman's score.



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