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Side by Side Blu-ray

United States
Cinedigm | 2012 | 99 min | Not rated | Feb 05, 2013

Side by Side (Blu-ray)
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Documentary

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Note: 2.0 trac 16-bit...

Subtitles
English SDH

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

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Slipcover in original pressing

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 1.0 of 51.0
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Side by Side

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Side by Side Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Documentary directed by Chris Kenneally and presented by Keanu Reeves which explores the ongoing debate between traditional celluloid and digital film. In conversation with a number of world renowned directors and industry experts including David Lynch, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese and Anthony Dod Mantle, the documentary tells the story of filmmaking and gives those on both sides of the debate the chance to argue their points and preferences as digital film begins to assert itself as a more cost-effective and accessible means of production.

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

Director: Christopher Kenneally
Writer: Christopher Kenneally
Starring: David Fincher, Lars von Trier, Christopher Nolan, David Lynch, Robert Rodríguez, Danny Boyle

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Side by Side Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Well, it may be rubbing salt in a wound or adding insult to injury, but all of the contemporary interview segments in Side by Side were shot with either the Canon 5D Mark II (a camera that comes in for some lambasting in the actual documentary) or the Panasonic AG-HPX170. Side by Side's AVC encoded 1080i transfer in 1.78:1 (for the interview segments) therefore has that flat, shiny and textureless look that is so redolent (and for curmudgeon-traditionalists like me, bothersome) of HD digital video. That said, clarity is just fine, colors are accurate looking (no digital intermediate tweaking here, something else the documentary goes into in some detail), and the image has no inherent compression or stability issues other than some fairly prevalent banding that affects both the video interviews as well as some of the film snippets. The rest of the documentary is comprised of numerous archival film and video snippets (all presented in their original aspect ratios, which vary from 1.06:1 to 2.76:1), including a glut of classics old and new (see the screenshots accompanying this review for a smattering of some of the films featured), as well as some really interesting historical video, as in the original Bell Laboratories video that introduced the first digital camera. Some of this source video is obviously in more ragged condition than well curated films, but generally speaking things look very good for the vast bulk of this documentary.


Side by Side Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Side by Side features a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround mix (as well as a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo fold down). There's really not much surround activity for this track to really exploit, especially since the clips of films which do have fulsome surround soundtracks are typically only seen for a second or two. There's decent directionality in the interview segments (which are actually a bit more apparent in the stereo rendering), but surround activity is mostly limited to the documentary's appealing score by The Ryan Brothers. Fidelity is excellent, with all talking heads coming through loud and clear. Dynamic range (in this case relating to sound, not the light spectrum) is very narrow, as befits this narrated and spoken documentary.



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