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The American Blu-ray

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Universal Studios | 2010 | 105 min | Rated R | Dec 28, 2010

The American (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (29.73 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: DTS 5.1
Spanish: DTS 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
iTunes digital copy (expired)
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Slipcover in original pressing

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.4 of 54.4
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 2.6 of 52.6
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Crime49%
Thriller35%
Psychological thriller22%

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The American

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

Jack is an American master assassin working in Europe. When a job in Sweden ends messily, Jack flees to the Italian countryside and vows that his next assignment will be his last. But this simple decision becomes complicated when his new client, Mathilde, appears to have sinister ulterior motives. Meanwhile, Jack pursues an ambiguous relationship with local prostitute Clara and is befriended by elderly priest Father Benedetto, who encourages him to put his past behind him and seek absolution. But which of these new acquaintances, if any, can Jack truly trust?

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

Starring: George Clooney, Paolo Bonacelli, Thekla Reuten, Violante Placido, Irina Björklund, Johan Leysen
Director: Anton Corbijn

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The American Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Love or hate The American all you'd like; there's no denying how fantastic it looks in high definition. Universal's 1080p/VC-1 encoded transfer is gorgeous from beginning to end, and leaves little room for criticism. Martin Ruhe's adaptive palette -- sterile and detached one moment, warm and inviting the next, vibrant and salacious still another -- is as lovely as it is affective, skintones remain lifelike throughout, black levels are convincing, and the few contrast inconsistencies that arise are inherent to Ruhe's original photography. But it's the presentation's detail that will drop the most jaws. Fine textures are crisp, clean and incredibly well-resolved (be sure to take a moment to bask in the majesty of almost any closeup), edge definition is sharp and natural (with only the slightest hint of intermittent ringing), and delineation rarely falters. Significant artifacting, crush, banding, and smearing aren't anywhere to be seen, and a single overhead shot of the Castel del Monte rooftops is the sole source of shimmering I encountered. My only complaint? An early morning scene between Clooney and Bonacelli is peppered with noise and hindered by dawn's looming light. It too is attributable to Ruhe's photography, but the result is more distracting and unsightly. That being said, it's by no means a deal-breaker, and retreats as suddenly as it attacks. (In fact, if the scene in question weren't so crucial to the film, I probably wouldn't even mention it.) As it stands, Universal's spectacular video transfer is the highlight of an already impressive release.


The American Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Universal's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track isn't going to wake the neighbors. Actually, if it weren't for a few sonic flurries, it wouldn't even wake the kids. As subdued as the film's protagonist, as contemplative as his innermost thoughts, the quality of the mix hinges on its atmosphere and authenticity, both of which are involving and commendable. Ambience is persistent, believable and utterly enveloping, and the rear speakers never idle. Even the quietest scenes are pulsing with activity, be it a soft breeze wafting through a tranquil forest, the hushed conversations at a streetside cafe, the distant wheen of a passing Euro-car, poignant notes in Herbert Grönemeyer's wonderfully distressed score, or the simple stacked-room acoustics of a small apartment. Directional effects are deadly in their accuracy, cross-channel pans use stealth to their advantage, and dynamics, reserved as they may be at times, are excellent all around. LFE output is restrained as well, but readily reveals its command of the soundscape whenever called upon. The roar of a passing train, the heart-pounding intensity of a brief car chase, the heavy thock thock of Jack's custom sniper rifle... there isn't a misstep to be found, at least not within Corbijn's established framework. Dialogue is isn't as impeccable -- a few lines languish and exterior voices aren't always as distinct and precise as they could be -- but there aren't any substantial problems of note (certainly none that detract from the overall experience). All in all, Universal's lossless track complements its video transfer; a film like The American couldn't ask for much more.



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