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Sleepers Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1996 | 147 min | Rated R | Aug 02, 2011

Sleepers (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 1.0 of 51.0
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Sleepers

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Sleepers Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized; over 10 years later, they get their chance for revenge.

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

Starring: Brad Pitt, Jason Patric, Ron Eldard, Billy Crudup, Minnie Driver, Robert De Niro
Director: Barry Levinson

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Sleepers Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Sleepers was released on a so-called "flipper" DVD in 1997, which means that it was split between two sides of a double-sided disc, because back then the industry hadn't yet perfected double-layer DVDs. This Blu-ray is the first reissue of the film in region 1; so it's hardly surprising that the image is an upgrade in every respect. Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus created several different styles for Sleepers. In the 1960s sequences, images tend to be more brightly lit and the pallette is dominated by cheerier colors, with frequent pastels. As soon as the film reaches Wilkinson, the pallette becomes muted, at times almost to the point of monochromatic; some scenes are genuine black-and-white, as are flashbacks later in the film. The 1981 portion of the film uses darker, richer tones, and not just because so many scenes occur at night or in indoor locations with dark decor, whether it's a courtroom, King Benny's bar or Little Caesar's office. The darkness of the 1981 sequences is thematic, with plots, secrets and skulduggery all around.

The Blu-ray's 1080p, AVC-encoded image handles these carefully orchestrated color shifts effectively and accurately. Detail is excellent, as is apparent in, e.g., the fine appearance of clothing patterns and the elaborate period decor on the streets of Hell's Kitchen, as well as the crowded furnishings in residences like Carol's apartment. Black levels are very good, which is essential for scenes like the clandestine meeting between Shakes and Michael just after Michael has gotten himself appointed to try the Nokes murder. They meet late at night and step in and out of shadows, but you can always make out the details of their expressions.

I have read suggestions that DNR was applied to this transfer, but I did not observe any motion artifacts, loss of fine detail or waxy complexions that are the trademarks of such digital filtering. The Blu-ray is remarkably free from any visible grain, but Sleepers has always had a notably smooth and grainless texture, despite the fact that it wasn't completed on a digital intermediate (and notwithstanding the categorical declarations of those who declare that Super35 photography is always, always grainy).


Sleepers Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Though it is a dialogue-driven film, Sleepers includes a number of sequences where sounds other than speech are used for effective storytelling, and the DTS lossless track reproduces these forcefully. One example is a touch football game that becomes something more; the game is intercut with scenes from its aftermath and acquires tremendous impact from the contrast between the expansive roar of the players and onlookers in all five speakers with the quiet scenes featuring a single individual afterward. Scenes in subways, especially a meeting between Carol and Michael, use the entire soundfield, including the subwoofer, to convey the New York MTA's full sonic assault. A particularly interesting use of sound occurs late in the film, when gunfire is shown but not heard, because it's being drowned out by a plane taking off, the sound of which is conveyed at full volume through the entire system. In short, even though Sleepers may not become your latest "demo" disc, you won't regret having your system well-balanced and adjusted.

Even if there were nothing else, the soundtrack of Sleepers would merit the best playback system possible for John Williams' excellent score, which is notable because it demonstrates the great composer's range. Meditative, worldly, almost (but not quite) mournful, Williams hits exactly the right bittersweet note for this tale oddly balanced between triumph and tragedy. It was the film's only Oscar nomination and well-deserved.



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