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Sliver Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1993 | 106 min | Rated R | Sep 10, 2013

Sliver (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (21.85 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.10:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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

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Video 3.6 of 53.6
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 0.0 of 50.0
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Sliver

 (1993)

Sliver Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

Young publishing executive Carly takes an apartment in an exclusive "sliver" building in New York, only to learn that the previous tenant, who bore a great resemblance to Carly, died in a mysterious fall from the apartment balcony.

For more about Sliver and the Sliver Blu-ray release, see Sliver Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Sharon Stone, William Baldwin, Tom Berenger, Polly Walker, Martin Landau, Colleen Camp
Director: Phillip Noyce

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Sliver Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Paramount's 2006 DVD of Sliver raised several major issues, one of which has been carried over to the Blu-ray. The film's Oscar-winning cinematographer, Vilmos Zsigmond, shot Sliver in anamorphic Panavision, which would normally have a projected aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and should be presented on home video with an AR of at least 2.35:1. However, for unknown reasons, Sliver was presented on DVD, and is again presented on Blu-ray, at 2:10:1. The cropping at the sides isn't severe enough to cause obvious issues except during the opening sequence, where a slight optical squeeze has been applied to prevent credits from being truncated. An example is included in screenshot 6.

Why was this done? No one is saying, but at least one other film shot by Zsigmond (Playing by Heart) has been treated similarly on home video. Then again, perhaps the technical crew responsible for this Blu-ray simply followed the conventions established in 2006, without questioning how or why those decisions were made.

A second issue raised by the 2006 DVD was the poor condition of the element, which showed significant dirt and damage. Here, the news is much better. The source material for this Blu-ray appears to be in excellent condition, which may hint at the reason for the use of the theatrical cut. It's possible that the unrated cut, or at least the additional footage, was of poorer quality or would have required more expensive restoration work than Paramount felt was justified for a bargain-priced catalog title. In any case, the source used shows none of the problems noted on the DVD.

The Image on Paramount/Warner's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray is consistently detailed, finely resolved and film-like, with a natural grain pattern that is never obtrusive. Blacks are solid, and shades of gray are well-differentiated—an essential element of the image when banks of black-and-white TV monitors are on display. The palette can be vivid at times, because Levin's novel was set in the New York of the late Eighties, when both fashion and decor were colorful. But the key scenes in Sliver occur in dim light, and the Blu-ray's delineation of shadow detail is up to the task.

I was surprised to discover an average bitrate on the low side at 21.85 Mbps, but Sliver doesn't have a lot of quick action or rapid editing. In any case, I didn't encounter any artifacts.


Sliver Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

I no longer have Paramount's 2006 DVD, but my recollection is that it contained a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. That would have to be a remix, because Sliver's original theatrical audio format was Dolby Stereo Surround. That track is what the Blu-ray offers in lossless DTS-HD MA 2.0, and it sounds just fine, with solid bass extension, wide dynamic range, clearly centered dialogue and reasonably immersive surround presence when played back through a good surround decoder. There's very good stereo separation across the front soundstage, which is especially important in reproducing the cacophony of voices for scenes featuring the "video wall" of TV monitors that spy on multiple apartments simultaneously. Howard Shore's score is one of the film's best elements.

(It's a guess on my part, but since the 2006 DVD contained the unrated cut, I suspect that any 5.1 remix was limited to that version, which would explain why it wouldn't be available for the theatrical cut presented on Blu-ray.)



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