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Sahara Blu-ray

United States
Paramount Pictures | 2005 | 123 min | Rated PG-13 | Oct 24, 2006

Sahara (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-2
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: DTS 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

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English, English SDH, French, Spanish

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Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 3.5 of 53.5
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Sahara

 (2005)

Master explorer Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) takes on the adventure of his life when he embarks on a treasure hunt through some of the most dangerous regions of North Africa. Searching for whal locals call "The Ship of Death", a long lost Civil War battleship filled with coins, Pitt and his wisecracking sidekick (Steve Zahn) use their wits and clever heroics to help Doctor Eva Rojas (Penelope Cruz) who believes the ship may be linked to mysterious deaths in the very same area.

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

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn, PenÚlope Cruz, Lambert Wilson, Glynn Turman
Director: Breck Eisner

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Sahara Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

The 2:35:1 MPEG encoded 1080p video looks pretty good most of the time, but suffers from a bit of inconsistency. The picture quality is bright, vibrant, and definitely gives the feel of being in the desert. The source appears pristine, clean of pops, scratches, and other print defects. It has a very smooth digital video look rather than a film look. Colors are very well rendered, bright, punchy, a lot of rich hues, and are completely void of chroma noise or bleeding. In spite of the fact that a majority of the action takes place in daylight, shadow detail in night scenes was quite good. Fine details are excellently rendered, often giving the picture a three dimensional look.

If I have any issues with the picture quality, it would be persistent softness. It looks as if a thin veil is covering the picture at times. Also grain occasionally shows up, but not enough to be a complete distraction. This is not the best high definition video I have seen, but it is far from the worst.



Sahara Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The audio comes in two flavors, Dolby Digital 5.1 at 640kbps, and a Dts track at 754kbps. I found little difference between the two. The sound is generally very good, with excellent use of the split surrounds during action sequences. Imaging is somewhat diffused, the front soundstage rest between my front left/right speakers without any extension beyond. The depth of the sound staging is somewhat shallow and flat, rarely extending behind the front panel of my speakers. Dynamic range is wide and unrestrained; pans were seamless whether front to back or side to side. Sound effects are cleanly rendered and often very powerful and aggressive in all channels. The LFE carries the lion share of the bass information, and it is very tight, deep, and really gives some heft to the overall mix. The film score, written by Clint Mansell is well recorded, but lacks in soundstage depth, and imaging is somewhat diffused and flat. Instrument timbre is finely captured, and sounds very natural. Dialog is always clear and never buried, but not always well integrated within the scene. This is a nice mix, serves the story well, but not the best I have heard from the Bluray format



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