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The Cove Blu-ray

United States
Lionsgate Films | 2009 | 91 min | Rated PG-13 | Feb 01, 2011

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

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish

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

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Video 3.8 of 53.8
Audio 3.6 of 53.6
Extras 2.8 of 52.8
Based on 4 user reviews

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Nature78%
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The Cove

 (2009)

The Cove Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

In a sleepy lagoon off the coast of Japan lies a shocking secret that a few desperate men will stop at nothing to keep hidden from the world. In Taiji, Japan, former dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry has come to set things right after a long search for redemption. In the 1960s, it was O'Barry who captured and trained the 5 dolphins who played the title character in the international television sensation "Flipper." One fateful day, a heartbroken Barry came to realize that these deeply sensitive, highly intelligent and self-aware creatures must never be subjected to human captivity again. This mission has brought him to Taiji, a town that appears to be devoted to the wonders and mysteries of the sleek, playful dolphins and whales that swim off their coast. But in a remote, glistening cove, surrounded by barbed wire and "Keep Out" signs, lies a dark reality. It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji, driven by a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat, engage in an unseen hunt. The nature of what they do is so chilling and the consequences are so dangerous to human health that they will go to great lengths to halt anyone from seeing it.

For more about The Cove and the The Cove Blu-ray release, see the The Cove Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Director: Louie Psihoyos

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The Cove Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Cove's AVC encoded 1080p transfer (in 1.78:1) is occasionally hobbled by the very source elements which give the documentary such an air of undercover intrigue. O'Barry and his crew utilize a whole variety of subterfuges to capture their footage, including infrared and night vision cameras, and as a result some of the images here are extremely soft and grainy. But that goes with the almost "spy" ethos that underlies a lot of The Cove. There's also passing usage of stock footage, some of which is not up to current hi-def standards. The rest of the film, and the vast majority of it, looks nicely sharp and well detailed, though a lot of it was obviously shot on the fly under trying circumstances. Colors are well saturated, sometimes horrifyingly so, as in the climax when scores of dolphins are slaughtered before our very eyes. Interview segments also reveal a wealth of fine detail.


The Cove Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Cove's lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix isn't overly immersive, but it gets the job done in a suitably professional manner. Surrounds do kick in with some aplomb in some of the Taiji scenes, where encroaching groups of residents try to keep the filmmakers from shooting the carnage. There's also some nice underwater recordings of both whale songs and dolphin calls that are very evocative. Fidelity is very good throughout, with all of O'Barry's on camera statements and voiceover narration clear and easy to hear. This isn't a blockbuster sonic mix by any stretch, but for a documentary, it's reasonably well modulated and provides a decent aural experience.



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The Cove, Rules of Attraction, Still Waiting Blu-ray Go Wide - February 16, 2011

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced the general Blu-ray release of The Cove, The Rules of Attraction and Still Waiting... for April 5. These three titles had been released on February 1 exclusively at Best Buy.

Best Buy Starts Blu-ray Exclusive Page - January 31, 2011

Tomorrow, Blu-ray enthusiasts are expected to flock at the doors of Best Buy: no matter your film tastes, there is bound to be something at BB that you like and you won't find it anywhere else, as the retailer will offer over a dozen exclusive BD titles, from various ...

Trio of Lionsgate Blu-ray Titles Exclusively at Best Buy - January 24, 2011

On February 1, Best Buy will offer exclusively three Blu-ray titles from the Lionsgate catalog: the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove (Louie Psihoyos, 2009); The Rules of Attraction (Roger Avary, 2002); and Still Waiting… (Jeff Balis, 2009). Disc details and the ...

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