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Sparrow Blu-ray

Hong Kong
Man jeuk Universe Laser & Video Co. | 2008 | 87 min | Rated IIA | Sep 25, 2008

Sparrow (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
Cantonese: LPCM 7.1
Cantonese: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Cantonese: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX
Mandarin: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX

Subtitles
Mandarin (Traditional), Mandarin (Simplified), English

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

Playback
Region free

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 1.0 of 51.0
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Sparrow

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Sparrow Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Nicknamed "sparrow", a pickpocket lifts wallets from unsuspecting targets with elegance and grace, like a sparrow fluttering its wings through a congested cityscape. Fai and his 3 associates lead carefree and playful lives as pickpockets. When the mysterious Beauty charms them into stealing a key, the sparrows worry about what they're getting themselves into, but accept the job when Beauty threatens to take her own life. Mystery builds as the sparrows go forward with their plan. At the rendezvous point, Hollywood Inn, Beauty and the key disappear altogether. It seems Beauty carries many secrets, including her relationship with the reclusive powerful tycoon, Mr. Yen. The sparrows are playing with fire, although this knowledge hardly lessens their intrigue.

For more about Sparrow and the Sparrow Blu-ray release, see Sparrow Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Simon Yam, Kelly Lin, Ka Tung Lam, Suet Lam
Director: Johnnie To

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Sparrow Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 2.37:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC, and granted a 1080p transfer Johnnie To's Sparrow arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Hong Kong-based distribs Universe Laser & Video Co. This is a brand new film, in fact, only a few months old, and as expected the Blu-ray transfer is spotless. Contrast, clarity, and detail here are simply fabulous. Everything appears well-defined and allowing for that specific "popping" look many have come to expect from contemporary productions that are transferred to Blu-ray. The color-scheme is also very strong with no issues to report. Furthermore, I did not detect any edge-enhancement patterns either. Sparrow also reveals a strong natural look which is entirely free of DNR manipulation.

As I noted in the review for SPL: Kill Zone Hong Kong distribs are really moving in the right direction with their latest releases and I am utterly impressed by the solid quality of their current crop of Blu-ray discs. If this is a sign for things to come I must express my most sincere satisfaction with the way things are shaping out as obviously there are people keeping a very close eye on these sparkling transfers and this is precisely how we want the distribs to treat their product. (Note: Even though the back cover for this release indicates Region-A only status the disc is actually region-free).


Sparrow Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There are four different tracks on this Blu-ray disc: Cantonese: LPCM 7.1, Cantonese: DTS-HD MA 5.1, Cantonese: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, and Mandarin: Dolby Digital 5.1 EX. I opted for the LPCM track (and then compared it during a few selected scenes to the DTS-HD Master mix). The quick verdict here is that both of those tracks are very well mixed and you would be hard pressed to pick which one is better. Yes, there is a very minimal advantage that goes to the LPCM track as there is a minuscule amount of extra activity in the surround channels but I personally had to go back and forth a few times to actually tell what was going on. Furthermore, Sparrow isn't a film rich on special effects so the bulk of this film has a very delicate sound structure. The terrific retro-ambient soundtrack by Fred Avril and Xavier Jamaux comes off the speakers marvelously and I was very impressed by its incredible quality. What a treat! This being said, I did not detect any hissings, pop-ups, or cracks that could disturb your viewing experience. On the contrary the dialog was particularly clear and very easy to follow. Optional traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, and English subtitles are provided for the main feature. (On a side note, I switched between the Cantonese Dolby Digital EX 5.1 and the Mandarin Dolby Digital EX 5.1 track to compare what they sound like for the purpose of this review and I must quickly note that they both seem to be very comparable I did not detect any discrepancies in the balance structure).



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