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Tequila Sunrise Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1988 | 115 min | Rated R | Jan 07, 2014

Tequila Sunrise (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (19.96 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 2.0
German: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
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Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German SDH

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

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Region A (B, C untested)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 2.6 of 52.6
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 2.5 of 52.5
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Tequila Sunrise

 (1988)

Tequila Sunrise Blu-ray offers decent video and solid audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

Mac McKussic is an L.A. drug dealer who wants to go straight. His oldest friend, Nick Frescia, is now the head of narcotics for L.A. County, and the DEA wants Frescia to help them bring Mac to justice. They believe that his center of operations is an elegant restaurant presided over by a beautiful hostess, Jo Ann Vallenari.

For more about Tequila Sunrise and the Tequila Sunrise Blu-ray release, see Tequila Sunrise Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell, Raul Juliá, J.T. Walsh, Gabriel Damon
Director: Robert Towne

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Tequila Sunrise Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Conrad L. Hall took over the shooting of Tequila Sunrise one week into production; he replaced Jost Vocano, who had recently shot RoboCop for Paul Verhoeven. The switch is described at length in the commentary by producer Thom Mount, who wanted the most glamorous and beautiful image possible, and sought out Hall, because he was an acknowledged master of painting gorgeous images with light.

Hall always followed his own vision, and he was much more interested in color and mood than sharpness and detail. One of Tequila Sunrise's signature scenes is a conversation between Mac McKussic and Nick Frescia in which one sees only silhouettes of the two men as they sit on a swing set against the orange of a setting sun. The visuals are expressive and atmospheric in conveying both the friendship and the likelihood that it's waning, but the scene is neither detailed nor sharp, and it never has been. Warner's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray captures the orange with proper saturation and no bleeding, and differentiates the silhouettes without artificial sharpening, but that's all there is—and all there should be.

Substantial portions of Tequila Sunrise take place in settings where indistinctness is a deliberate part of the visual design. The film's entire finale is set at the waterfront at night, where fog obscures much of the area. The lighting at Vallenari's is deliberately soft and low; numerous scenes are set at night; and some are set in the rain. Hall's lighting ensures that the essential information is always visible, but the rest often fades into indistinctness. In well-lit settings that would naturally be visible, much more detail is evident. Examples include scenes in Frescia's police station, where the DEA has set up camp, and various scenes inside and outside Mac's beach house in daylight. Blacks are solid, and colors are vivid.

Still, this is far from the best that Warner has produced for a catalog title. Visible gate weave during the opening credits suggests an older transfer, since current scanning technology has largely eliminated this kind of artifact. Moreover, at this point in the life of the Blu-ray format, there really is no excuse for a major studio to squeeze a 115-minute film onto a BD-25, as Warner has elected to do with Tequila Sunrise. Even without major extras, that decision forced the average bitrate down to 19.96 Mbps. The film is essentially a drama, with almost no scenes involving significant action, and Warner seems to have gotten away without compression artifacts, but at the cost of a less detailed image than should be achievable from elements of this vintage. Whether detail was stripped to allow for easier compression, or it is simply absent because an older transfer was used, is impossible to say for sure. Either way, the image is acceptable (and certainly leaps and bounds beyond the DVD), but Tequila Sunrise deserved better.


Tequila Sunrise Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The film's original stereo soundtrack has been encoded in lossless DTS-HD MA 2.0. It's an atmospheric and effective track, and it's good that it was left in its original format. The all-important dialogue that gives a Robert Towne script its unique flavor is always clear, and the sound effects have subtle tweaks that give them an expressive element you may not notice until repeat viewings. (For example, one important gunshot is unusually loud; a specific splash of water has a particularly explosive quality; a struggle is accompanied by a sound that resembles an open gas jet running before someone lights a match.)

Dave Grusin's score is one of the best he ever wrote, and it was part of a successful soundtrack CD. I haven't heard the CD, but I suspect Grusin's instrumentals sound better on it than on the film's soundtrack, where they can occasionally become slightly muddy, probably as a result of being mixed with so many disparate elements on Eighties equipment. The fault is almost certainly in the original mix, not in the Blu-ray, and it's minor.



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