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The Ambassador Blu-ray

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Blu-ray + Digital Copy Image Entertainment | 2011 | 93 min | Not rated | Oct 23, 2012

The Ambassador (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kbps)
Note: Also Danish, French & San...

Subtitles
English

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25GB Blu-ray Disc
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The Ambassador

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The Ambassador Blu-ray offers solid video and mediocre audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

An enigmatic white diplomat arrives in central Africa sporting dark glasses, riding boots, and a cigarette holder. Officially, he is there to start a factory that will employ locals to produce matches. Unofficially, he has really come to gain access to the area’s vast reserves of diamonds. It soon becomes apparent that, in this post-colonial economy, nearly everyone is out to rip off everyone else, and the dangers become all too real.

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

Starring: Mads Brügger
Director: Mads Brügger

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The Ambassador Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

The Ambassador was shot with a variety of video cameras, and the image on Image Entertainment's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray varies in quality according the source material. Footage acquired in hi-def is sharp, detailed and colorful, with excellent blacks and well-saturated, often vibrant colors. If the quality never quite reaches the level of a digitally acquired feature film, that is no doubt the result of using smaller, lighter cameras with which Brügger and his staff could travel easily and inconspicuously. Other footage was captured with tiny hidden cameras, such as the meeting with credentials broker Colin Evans, who can be heard repeatedly instructing Brügger to leave his phone and take off his jacket, so that their meeting can't be recorded. Fortunately for Brügger (and us), Evans never followed through on the jacket part, and Brügger recorded the meeting on a camera concealed under his jacket. The footage isn't anything special to look at, but documenting the meeting was a triumph. (After the film came out, Evans was forced to shut down his website, although he has undoubtedly found a way to restart it elsewhere.)

Because Brügger and crew were shooting "on the fly" and without any opportunity to light or rearrange the scene, some shots show video noise, usually in the distance on surfaces with reflections or too much fine detail. These instances are occasional and minor.


The Ambassador Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

The sole audio track is DD 2.0. Now, before anyone gets too worked up about the lack of a lossless option, take a moment to understand what's on the track. The soundtrack of The Ambassador consists of a cacophony of voices speaking multiple languages: English, French, Danish and Sango (the language of the CAR). Everyone who speaks in English has a thick accent, including Brügger, who narrates the film, and all of the voices (other than the narration) have been recorded on the scene as production sound, which means that they're frequently muffled and indistinct. So the question is, how much difference would a lossless track make to a scene featuring a negotiation between a Danish-speaking Brügger and a French-speaking diamond mine owner, with a translator alternating between them?

Indeed, so concerned are the film's and disc's producers that the linguistic melange will confuse the viewer's ear that they have provided English subtitles for everything (including the English portions), and these subtitles cannot be switched off. This is a disc that's more likely to be read than listened to, except that the voices supply a valuable sense of the cross-cultural chatter that underlies the deadlock in the CAR.

A musical score by Niklas Schak and Tin Soheiliis is also part of the track, but it is used sparingly and at such low volume in the background that it blends easily into the ambiance. More prominent are the few song selections that play ironically over certain scenes, notably The Inkspots' "I Don't Wanna Set the World on Fire" and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land".



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