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The Color of Money Blu-ray

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25th Anniversary Edition Disney / Buena Vista | 1986 | 120 min | Rated R | Jun 05, 2012

The Color of Money (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (25.66 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 2.0

English SDH, Spanish

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Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 0.3 of 50.3
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The Color of Money Blu-ray features terrible video and solid audio in this mediocre Blu-ray release

Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback.

For more about The Color of Money and the The Color of Money Blu-ray release, see the The Color of Money Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Writers: Richard Price (I), Walter Tevis
Starring: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Bill Cobbs, John Turturro, Forest Whitaker

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The Color of Money Blu-ray, Video Quality

  1.0 of 5

After viewing Disney's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray, I played the last ten minutes of the 2003 DVD, upscaled by a Panasonic Blu-ray player, just to get a sense of the difference. The Blu-ray improves on the DVD, but not by much. There is a degree of additional detail that is most noticeable in distant objects, which are somewhat more distinct on the Blu-ray, though far less than they should be in a hi-def transfer from a 35mm film source. One should not have to peer at the screen to distinguish between a Blu-ray image and a DVD from nine years earlier.

Two features immediately stood out. The first was the Blu-ray's limited color space. The film's colors, which should be vibrant in the pool scenes, are as dull on the Blu-ray as they are on the DVD; indeed, the palette is roughly equivalent in both hi-def and NTSC, which I believe is the first time I've ever encountered such a phenomenon. The second, more egregious issue is persistent video noise, which occurs in almost every scene—and when I say "video noise", I don't mean film grain. Let me be as clear as possible: Should anyone be heard to complain that The Color of Money suffers from "DNR", it will simply confirm that the term "DNR" is now used as a general term of opprobrium without any technical meaning. Noise reduction is one operation that was clearly not performed on this transfer, although that won't necessarily be obvious from screencaps. It is, however, unmistakable in motion, as the frame crackles and vibrates to an extent I have rarely seen since the days of laserdisc. Depending on screen size and individual disposition, the noise may or may not be tolerable, but either way it obscures picture detail. Grain this ain't.

Black levels are weak, with black often appearing gray, and contrast is also lacking (although a higher contrast would merely have accentuated the noise). Shadow detail is weak to non-existent, which is especially a problem for a film with so many scenes set in dingy and dimly lit bars and pool halls.

What went wrong here? An experienced telecine colorist might be able to offer an educated opinion, but they (wisely) don't make themselves available for consultation on the internet. I've visited post houses, watched colorists at work, reviewed hundreds of DVDs and Blu-rays and watched thousands more, but I'm not willing to hazard a guess about the cause of this disappointment (old transfer? botched transfer? poor element? poor mastering?). What I do know is that the image on this Blu-ray is an embarrassment. The Color of Money deserves much better.

The Color of Money Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The news is better on the audio front. The Color of Money received a 6-track mix for 70mm prints, but the standard release format was Dolby Surround. The 2003 DVD contained a DD 4.1 mix, and the Blu-ray's DTS-HD MA 5.1 track appears to be based on the same source, with a generally front-centered mix and nothing in the way of discrete (so-called "split") surround activity. But overall fidelity and dynamic range are improved, and this is particularly worthwhile in the occasional scene where deep bass extension is called for, such as the opening "break" of the Atlantic City tournament, which resounds throughout the auditorium (and clear to the back of the viewing room). Subsequent breaks and the hum of the crowd also make themselves heard. Otherwise, the dialogue is generally clear, although it sometimes sounds slightly artificial, no doubt as a result of post-recorded ADR. (Some viewers have reported difficulty hearing the dialogue; I didn't find that to be the case.) The soundtrack selected, composed and supervised by Robbie Robertson plays with good fidelity for the standard of the era; a contemporary soundtrack would be more cleanly separated from the other sonic elements, but those were limitations of the analog age.

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Upcoming Disney Catalog Releases for 2012 (Updated) - June 26, 2012

This year, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will bring over thirty catalog entries to Blu-ray. The scheduled films span across Disney's different distribution branches, and while the studio has previously hinted at certain titles - such as The Color of Money, ...

The Sting Blu-ray - March 23, 2012

As part of its 100th Anniversary, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will offer special Blu-rays of selected catalog titles, and The Sting should arrive in the June wave. Director George Roy Hill's crime comedy reunites Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stars ...

Three Disney Catalog Titles Scheduled for Blu-ray - March 7, 2012

With three early retail announcements, Walt Disney Studios has revealed plans to release Blu-rays of the following titles from their Touchstone catalog - The Color of Money, Cocktail, and Ransom. The films are expected to street on June 5th.

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