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Sparkle Blu-ray

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Warner Bros. | 1976 | 98 min | Rated PG | May 07, 2013

Sparkle (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (23.99 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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

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Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 0.5 of 50.5
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Sparkle

 (1976)

Sparkle Blu-ray offers solid video and audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

In Harlem in 1958, three sisters experience turmoil after they form a singing group.

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

Starring: Philip Michael Thomas, Lonette McKee, Irene Cara, Dwan Smith, Dorian Harewood, Mary Alice
Director: Sam O’Steen

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Sparkle Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Sparkle was shot by Bruce Surtees, whose preference for low light earned him the nickname, "the Prince of Darkness". The image on Warner's 1080p, AVC-encode Blu-ray of Sparkle bears out Surtees' reputation. Despite the frequently dim conditions, however, the grain in the image remains natural and well-controlled, though it is frequently coarser and more noticeable than one would expect from a contemporary production. Still, there is no indication of high-frequency filtering or other untoward manipulation. While the image is not the most detailed I've seen from Warner, this appears to be a function of the original photography and not a fault of the Blu-ray. The level of detail is comparable to that in other films of this period.

Blacks are solid and deep, and contrast is never overstated. Colors are properly saturated, although the film's palette isn't exceptionally bright, even in the performance scenes. Whether this is due to fading or reflects the original intent is something I cannot determine. However, the source material is in excellent shape (or has been well restored). Speckles, scratches and dirt are virtually nonexistent.

With only a trailer as an extra, and a single soundtrack, the 98-minute film fits comfortably on a BD-25. No compression errors were in evidence.


Sparkle Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The film's original mono track is presented as lossless DTS-HD MA 1.0. It's a satisfactory track with surprisingly deep bass extension that is most noticeable during an early scene of choir practice, when the low tones of the church organ are impressive. In musical numbers, the highs can be slightly tinny and the midrange a little muddy, but these are minor complaints that are attributable to the age of the source, not the quality of the Blu-ray. The dialogue is always clear.


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Sparkle Blu-ray - January 8, 2013

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of director Sam O'Steen's Sparkle, starring Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Dwan Smith and Philip Michael Thomas. The 1976 Supremes-inspired period drama makes its Blu-ray debut on May 7th.


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