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Quartet Blu-ray

United States
Starz / Anchor Bay | 2012 | 98 min | Rated PG-13 | Jun 18, 2013

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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (21.92 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)

Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish

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

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Region A (C untested)

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Video 4.8 of 54.8
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 3.6 of 53.6
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Movie appeal

 
Music100%
Drama15%
Comedy-
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Quartet

 (2012)

Quartet Blu-ray delivers stunningly beautiful video and great audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Dustin Hoffman directs this comedy drama adapted by writer Ronald Harwood from his own stage play of the same name. Beecham House is a retirement home with a difference: it specifically caters for former artistes including one-time opera singers Cissy (Pauline Collins), Reginald (Tom Courtenay) and Wilf (Billy Connolly). Once part of a quartet, the three still take part in an annual concert to celebrate the birthday of composer Giuseppe Verdi. But this year things are complicated by the arrival of the fourth member of their quartet, Jean (Maggie Smith), a die-hard diva who also happens to be Reginald's ex-wife. Theatrical temperaments and old hostilities flare as the dramatic foursome fuss, flirt and flounce their way through rehearsals, adhering emphatically to that old showbiz adage, 'the show must go on'.

For more about Quartet and the Quartet Blu-ray release, see Quartet Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon, Andrew Sachs
Director: Dustin Hoffman

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Quartet Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Shot on film by John de Borman, who initially sent Hoffman the script and is currently President of the British Society of Cinematographers, Quartet was finished on a digital intermediate and arrives on Blu-ray in an impressive 1080p, AVC-encoded presentation. De Borman's lighting is kind to the aged residents of Beecham House without trying to pretend they're younger than their age. The detailed Blu-ray image captures every crease and wrinkle, but it also registers every twitch of emotional expression that actors of this caliber express through their considerably agile features. (As Hoffman say in his commentary, British actors don't bother with cosmetic surgery like their American counterparts.) The pastoral English country surroundings have been captured with a degree of loving precision that a tourist board might want for its travel brochure. When the night of the gala finally arrives, the finery of both the performers and the attendees can be seen in minute detail, both the men in the black (genuinely black) evening attire and the ladies in their jewels and gowns, many of them sequined.

Except for the gala, the film's color palette favors the pastel, which suits both the landscape and the faded wardrobe of Beecham House's clientele. A pattern of fine grain has been left in the film's visual texture by the DI process (which is not always the case with DI processing), and no apparent effort has been made in the Blu-ray's mastering to reduce or alter it. Compression errors were nowhere to be seen, and the image on Anchor Bay's disc appears to be about as close to perfect a reproduction of what one would encounter in a theatrical presentation as could possibly be obtained.


Quartet Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

It should be obvious from the film's subject that the dominant presence of Quartet's DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack is music, primarily opera but also English music hall, a bit of Gilbert & Sullivan, and even a touch of hip-hop, courtesy of the lectures presented by Reg to local students. As score composer Dario Marianelli (an Oscar winner for Atonement ) notes in the extras, his job on this film was to write short segments bridging between major compositions by Verdi, Rossini, Schubert and other classical composers. The job of the sound mixers was to keep the dialogue intelligible, while maintaining the credibility of each environment within and without the walls of Beecham House, all the while continually reminding the audience that the home's inhabitants hear music at all times, even when it's not actually playing. The finished track performs these multiple tasks admirably.



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Dustin Hoffman's Directorial Debut Gets U.S. Release Date (Updated) - May 1, 2013

Anchor Bay Home Entertainment and The Weinstein Company will release on Blu-ray Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut Quartet (2012), starring Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay, and Billy Connolly. The release will be available for purchase ...


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