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The Deer Hunter Blu-ray

United States
Universal 100th Anniversary / Blu-ray + DVD Universal Studios | 1978 | 184 min | Rated R | Mar 06, 2012

The Deer Hunter (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: VC-1 (26.92 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)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
DVD copy
BD-Live
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Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region free

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 2.9 of 52.9
Based on 7 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
War19%
Melodrama14%

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The Deer Hunter

 (1978)

The Deer Hunter Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela and their wedding-party is also the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again.

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

Starring: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, Meryl Streep, John Savage, George Dzundza
Director: Michael Cimino

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The Deer Hunter Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Deer Hunter is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Universal Pictures with an VC-1 encoded 1080p transfer in 2.35:1. For the record, this is now the second Universal Blu-ray release in their 100th Anniversary series that does not have a Main Menu ( All Quiet on the Western Front was the first), so like some of the recent MGM-Fox catalog releases, this film will start (after previews) and then you must hit the Pop Up Menu button to access Set Up and Extras. Universal catalog releases always come in for brickbats, though I personally seldom feel they're as hideous as some insist they are. Let's address the biggest issue that most people have with Universal catalog releases, the often misunderstood or misattributed DNR. Is there DNR applied to this release? Probably, though certainly not to any problematic degree. Look at screencap 3 of the Pennsylvania factory for one good example: if egregious DNR had been applied, not only would grain be missing (which it isn't), the mist and smoke in this scene would also either be frozen or waxy looking (which it also isn't). As Vilmos Zsigmond mentions in his fascinating commentary, the film utilizes quite a bit of stock footage (mostly for establishing shots), and in order to match the overly grainy look of that footage, he and Cimino found that they had to use copies of copies of prints since the Kodak film was so resilient to attempts to push contrast or exposure. This is where the DNR is probably most apparent, as the transitions from the stock footage to the actual footage of the film are somewhat more noticeable now. Even so, this transfer looks wonderfully fluid and natural in motion, without any plastic smearing quality that would suggest too aggressive DNR.

Putting aside the always contentious issue of DNR, the rest of this transfer is wonderful looking, with nicely saturated colors, beautiful sharpness and pleasing fine detail, and overall good stability (as my colleague Svet Atanasov mentioned in his review of the StudioCanal release of The Deer Hunter, there is some occasional very minor shimmer to deal with here and there). Digital sharpening also adds minimal haloing to a couple of backlit scenes that is noticeable but not overly distracting. On the other hand, shadow detail is superb, especially in the many dark interior scenes which are quite frequent throughout the film.


The Deer Hunter Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

The Deer Hunter features a great sounding DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix which is incredibly well detailed and immersive. This track features none of the audio speed up which Svet Atanasov mentioned in his review of the StudioCanal release of this title. Fidelity is very strong and the ambient environmental effects in both the Pennsylvania and Vietnam sequences are outstanding, offering a consistent use of the surrounds that really helps establish a convincing soundfield. Dialogue is very cleanly presented, and the film's deliberate use of LFE is both shocking and visceral in several key scenes.



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The Deer Hunter Blu-ray - January 5, 2012

As part of its 100th Anniversary this year, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will offer re-issues of catalog titles, and the Deer Hunter Blu-ray will arrive in the March wave. Director Michael Cimino's epic drama focuses on a group of best friends whose lives ...



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