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The Count of Monte Cristo Blu-ray

United States
Disney / Buena Vista | 2002 | 131 min | Rated PG-13 | Sep 13, 2011

The Count of Monte Cristo (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 2.8 of 52.8
Audio 4.1 of 54.1
Extras 3.2 of 53.2
Based on 4 user reviews

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Romance75%
Drama58%
Action55%
History42%

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The Count of Monte Cristo

 (2002)

The Count of Monte Cristo Blu-ray features mediocre video and great audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

Betrayed by his childhood friend Fernand, sailor Edmond Dantes is found guilty of trumped-up charges and sent to the island prison of Chateau d'If. Thirteen years later, having learnt the art of fencing from the Abbé Faria, a fellow inmate who also revealed to him the location of a vast treasure hidden on the island of Monte Cristo, Edmond realises that the time has come and carries out a daring escape attempt. Taking the treasure for himself, he reappears as the Count of Monte Cristo and becomes the talk of Parisian society; but he soon learns that Fernand has married Mercédès, Edmond's own childhood sweetheart, and starts drawing up his plans for revenge.

For more about The Count of Monte Cristo and the The Count of Monte Cristo Blu-ray release, see the The Count of Monte Cristo Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Christopher Adamson, JB Blanc, Guy Carleton (I), Barry Cassin, Jim Caviezel, Henry Cavill
Director: Kevin Reynolds

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The Count of Monte Cristo Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.5 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with VC-1 and granted a 1080p transfer, Kevin Reynolds' The Count of Monte Cristo arrives on Blu-ray courtesy Disney/Buena Vista.

The high-definition transfer used for this release might have been acceptable in early 2007, but in late 2011 clearly it is not - it is too inconsistent and too shaky, too soft and too filtered. To be honest, I would not be surprised if it was sourced from the same master the studio used for their DVD release of the film, which arrived on the market in 2002.

Detail and clarity fluctuate a lot. A few of the many close-ups in the film look rather decent (see screencapture #14), but the majority are disappointingly soft and filtered (see screencapture #11). The footage from Chateau d'If also looks anemic and soft, at times even notably dark. Before Edmond Dantes is arrested, there are also entire sequences where definition is completely lost. The daylight sequences generally look better, but again, the filtering is often overwhelming (see screencapture #16). Colors are also never as vibrant and lush as they should be, particularly during the final third of the film. The bigger your screen is, the easier it will be for you to also see a good dose of light noise and plenty of compression artifacts popping up throughout the entire film (see screencapture #19). All in all, there are still some small benefits here - for instance, the transfer is free of the macroblocking patterns that plague the DVD release - but the presentation is clearly not as good as it could and should have been. (Note: This is a Region-Free Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you will be able to play it on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location).


The Count of Monte Cristo Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There are three audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0. For the record, Disney/Buena Vista have provided optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles for the main feature.

The English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is strong. The bass is potent and punchy, the rear channels quite effective, and the high-frequencies not distorted. Clearly, during a lot of the action scenes there is plenty of depth and crispness that is simply missing on the DVD release of the film (if you still have the DVD, compare the opening scene where the soldiers fire at Dantes and Mondego). The dialog also appears better balanced with Ed Shearmur's score and easier to follow (on the DVD release I always had trouble with Dominczyk's lines). For the record, I did not detect any disturbing pops, cracks, sync issues or audio dropouts to report in this review.



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The Count of Monte Cristo Blu-ray - June 21, 2011

Director Kevin Reynolds' swashbuckling adventure The Count of Monte Cristo will hit Blu-ray this fall, courtesy of Disney and Touchstone Pictures. Jim Caviezel (The Thin Red Line) stars as Edmond Dantes, who uses his unjust imprisonment to plot revenge against ...


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