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Somewhere in Time Blu-ray

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Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet Universal Studios | 1980 | 104 min | Rated PG | Mar 04, 2014

Somewhere in Time (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (31.99 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: DTS Mono
Note: 2.0 mono...

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English SDH

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Video 3.8 of 53.8
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 4.0 of 54.0
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Somewhere in Time

 (1980)

Somewhere in Time Blu-ray offers solid video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to find the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

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

Starring: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright, George Voskovec, Bill Erwin
Director: Jeannot Szwarc

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Somewhere in Time Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

As described in the documentary, "Back to Somewhere in Time", cinematographer Isidore Mankofsky shot the film with different stocks for scenes set in 1912 and those in the present. The Fuji stock used for scenes in 1912 produced lighter colors and a softer image, which Mankofsky further softened with diffusion filters. Universal's two DVD releases of the film disappointed fans with a weak transfer and a lack of 16:9 enhancement. The presentation on this 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray is a huge improvement, though not without the usual issues found on Blu-rays from Universal's catalog.

The strongest element is the palette. The present-day scenes have saturated colors, realistic and, where appropriate, deeply rich. A good example is the Grand Hotel's historical gallery where Elise McKenna's portrait hangs. The 1912 scenes lean toward the delicate pastel shades of the Impressionist paintings that Mankofsky and director Szwarc studied as a guide to staging some of the key scenes, especially those on the beach where Richard and Elise stroll as a couple.

Detail is generally quite good, although, as noted, the image for the 1912 scenes has been deliberately softened and diffused. Nevertheless, the fine points of the period costumes are readily discernible, and so are facial details. Detail only falls off as the image moves away from the camera's focal point. Black levels, when there is black to be seen, are generally solid, with a slight shading toward grey in the 1912 scenes. Here again, the diffusion is probably the cause.

As usual, Universal has followed their video-not-film approach, but in this case the very nature of the material seems to have constrained them. Imagery from 1912 shouldn't look like video, and by and large it doesn't, probably because Mankofsky's diffused images simply resist such transformation. Still, the effort has been made, primarily through digital sharpening, which isn't so severe as to cause edge haloes or, in most frames, noticeably "pop" figures out of the background beyond the intent of the original photography. But the electronic "enhancement" does coarsen the film's natural grain. Most of the time, the effect isn't intrusive, but it does make some shots noisier than they needed to be, without conferring any real additional sharpness. The effect is more pronounced in the contemporary scenes than the 1912 sequences, but it can be observed in both. I suspect, though, that many viewers probably won't notice.

At an average bitrate of 31.99 Mbps, the disc has more than enough bandwidth to handle the demands of Somewhere in Time without artifacts.


Somewhere in Time Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The film's original mono mix is presented in lossless DTS-HD MA 2.0. It's a wonderful mix, with simple sounds like horse hooves or a radio broadcast used sparingly and to great effect. As much as one would like to have John Barry's score in stereo, it sounds quite good in mono, with decent fidelity and good dynamic range, and so does the selection from Rachmaninoff that Barry selected for a key plot point in the story. The dialogue has been carefully mixed for intelligibility, and it had to be done carefully, because, as Szwarc notes, Barry was a composer who was willing to risk placing underscoring beneath important dialogue.



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Four Additional Universal Catalog Titles Due in March - December 19, 2013

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has officially announced four additional catalog titles, each one set to release on March 4, 2014. The films include Far and Away, Fried Green Tomatoes, Intolerable Cruelty and Somewhere in Time.


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