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Snake Eyes Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1998 | 98 min | Rated R | Sep 10, 2013

Snake Eyes (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (22.96 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (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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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 1.2 of 51.2
Based on 4 user reviews

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Thriller13%
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Snake Eyes

 (1998)

Snake Eyes Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino.

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

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, John Heard, Carla Gugino, Kevin Dunn, Stan Shaw
Director: Brian De Palma

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Snake Eyes Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

A scene occurs about thirty-seven minutes into Snake Eyes that perfectly exemplifies everything wrong with the prior video transfer created by Paramount for laserdisc and then recycled onto DVD. Rick Santoro and Kevin Dunne sits across the table from each other in a gaudy conference room, so that Rick can explain how he's uncovered a conspiracy in the shooting of the Defense Secretary. But on the DVD or LD, viewers often had trouble concentrating on the dialogue, because they were so distracted by the dancing pixels on the walls, conference table and the model of the planned new complex at the back of the room. The entire scene was alive with aliasing and video noise, and I have always wondered how any self-respecting telecine colorist could have allowed it to leave his or her workstation.

Well, at long last that scene is watchable, along with everything else on the new transfer presented on Paramount/Warner's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray. Stephen H. Burum, the ace cinematographer who so fluidly followed Al Pacino through Grand Central Station in Carlito's Way, lit and photographed the insanely complicated tracking shots of which Snake Eyes is largely composed, and the Blu-ray reveals depth and detail in his work that haven't been visible since the film played in theaters. The blacks are deep, the colors are vivid and saturated, and the image pops with intensity at all the right moments (usually when something bad is about to happen; in De Palma's world, evil always looks great). Fine detail in faces, clothing and decor is readily apparent, even when the action speeds up.

The average bitrate of 22.96 is on the low side, but I assume that's the result of an efficient compressionist trading off savings from scenes where De Palma slows down the action in order to have more bits for demanding moments like the "whip pans" that conceal the edits in long takes. In any case, unless one counts Rick Santoro's questionable wardrobe, artifacts were not an issue.


Snake Eyes Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

Snake Eyes's elaborately mixed soundtrack is presented in lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1, and it's full of subtle cues and shifts in perspective that follow De Palma's camera as it criss-crosses the Arena, the casino and the hotel complex. The crowd scenes during the boxing match and the roar of the intensifying storm—heard both from inside and, in a few key scenes, outside the buildings—are obvious showcases, but quieter detail emerges on repeat viewings. Listen, for example, to the individual environments as the camera passes overhead from one hotel room to another looking for Julia Costello and the conventioneer in whose room she's taken refuge. Each room has a distinct sonic character, and they ease from one to another so smoothly that the transitions are seamless instead of gimmicky.

The dialogue remains clear regardless of the surrounding din, and the score by Ryûichi Sakamoto (an Oscar winner for The Last Emperor) has been carefully balanced to coordinate with the environment (unlike the Pino Donnagio scores in De Palma's early films, which sometimes took over the soundtrack altogether).


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