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Sommersby Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1993 | 113 min | Rated PG-13 | May 21, 2013

Sommersby (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (29.92 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Italian: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
Portuguese: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian SDH, Korean

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

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 0.5 of 50.5
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Drama100%
Mystery100%
Period100%
Romance100%
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Sommersby

 (1993)

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

Set in the south of the United States just after the Civil War, Laurel Sommersby is just managing to work the farm without her husband Jack, believed killed in the Civil War. By all accounts, Jack Sommersby was not a pleasant man, thus when he returns, Laurel has mixed emotions. It appears that Jack has changed a great deal, leading some people to believe that this is not actually Jack but an imposter.

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

Starring: Richard Gere, Jodie Foster, Bill Pullman, James Earl Jones, William Windom, Frankie Faison
Director: Jon Amiel

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Sommersby Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

The teal-and-orange fetishists will find nothing to complain about here. Sommersby is a symphony of earth tones delicately composed by production designer Bruno Rubeo (Driving Miss Daisy) and cinematographer Philippe Rousselot, who won an Oscar in the year of Sommersby's release for A River Runs Through It. Rousselot is a soulful painter of everything from the pop-infused Parisian streets of Diva to the historical evocations of Dangerous Liaisons. In Sommersby, he accentuates the browned-out wasteland of Vine Hill when Jack Sommersby arrives, then gradually turns it green as Sommersby's presence revives it. Inside the Sommersby farmhouse, his elegant use of shadow helps convey the sense of uncertainty as Jack and Laurel (re)discover each other and achieve a closeness that neither of them would ever have imagined.

Warner's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray is one of its better catalog efforts, providing an engrossing and film-like reproduction of Rousselot's imagery. Detail is excellent, blacks are deep, contrast is appropriately subdued so that shadow detail always remains visible, and the entire affair has a velvety texture that gives the image depth and substance. The film's grain texture is fine, natural-looking and undisturbed by inappropriate digital manipulation. The use of a BD-50 has allowed more than sufficient room to avoid over-compression. Whether or not Sommersby is to your taste as a drama, its treatment on Blu-ray can't be faulted.


Sommersby Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

I have been unable to confirm the original audio format of Sommersby's theatrical release. It hit theaters less than a year before Dolby Digital became officially available on motion pictures and several months before the launch of DTS. Warner's 1999 DVD of the film featured only a DD 2.0 soundtrack, but that is not definitive, because Warner sometimes used a low-bit 2.0 soundtrack on its early DVDs to conserve space (a notable example being Dolores Claiborne).

In any case, the Blu-ray's track is a robust DTS-HD MA 5.1, which provides substantial breathing room to the atypically romantic orchestral score by Danny Elfman. Consistent with director Amiel's emphasis on the inner life of the main characters, the score receives more emphasis than sound effects in the film's mix, although the effects are certainly present and clearly reproduced, e.g., the various sounds of the Vine Hill citizens gradually coaxing a tobacco crop from the land, and the numerous reactions from the courtroom crowd to the increasingly bizarre developments of the Sommersby case. Dynamic range is appropriately wide, and one can tell from the musical reproduction that bass extension is clearly available, but the film's sound design doesn't call upon it. Except for one mild fistfight, Sommersby is not an action film. The dialogue is always clear, and I never found the regional accents a barrier to understanding. (I can't vouch for their authenticity.)



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