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The Duchess Blu-ray

United States
Paramount Pictures | 2008 | 110 min | Rated PG-13 | Dec 27, 2008

The Duchess (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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

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Video 4.3 of 54.3
Audio 3.7 of 53.7
Extras 2.1 of 52.1
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Movie appeal

 
Romance100%
Drama67%
Period41%
History35%
Biography25%
Melodrama22%
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The Duchess

 (2008)

The Duchess Blu-ray delivers stunning video and solid audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

A vibrant beauty and celebrity of her time is trapped in an unhappy triangle with her husband and his live-in mistress. She falls passionately in love with an ambitious young politician, and the affair causes a bitter conflict with her husband and threatens to erupt into a scandal.

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

Starring: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell, Simon McBurney
Director: Saul Dibb

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The Duchess Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

The Duchess adorns Blu-ray with a generally strong 1080p transfer, lavishly framed inside a 2.35:1 window. The picture quality is generally excellent, with sometimes breathtaking color reproduction. Lush green fields contrast with bright blue skies, and the ornately decorated and colored wardrobe that adorn the various characters seen in the film's first frames, showcase the film's Blu-ray quality. The subsequent interior shots are warm and inviting, highly natural and impeccably rendered on Blu-ray. Detail, too, is remarkable; the finely furnished interiors reveal the finest of nuances: the ornate furniture, the packed bookshelves, and the beautiful hardwood floors all come to vivid life in 1080p high definition. Background details, too, are mostly sharp and well defined. Grain is never seen in abundance, but it is there, seen more against darker backgrounds than bright ones. There are many instances where the film looks overblown and far too bright, which washes out some detail, but not much. Some darker scenes, those in a playhouse in chapter six, for example, even appear as if there is a haze over the image. Blacks, too, sometimes appear more of a dark shade of gray rather than true, deep black. Flesh tones never present much of a problem, though. No doubt, costume dramas like The Duchess favor high definition signals, and while every inch of the transfer isn't impeccable, more often than not the material delivers awe-inspiring imagery on Blu-ray.


The Duchess Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Paramount delivers The Duchess to Blu-ray with a quality Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless soundtrack. Much like the video, the soundtrack is warm and inviting, with each note of the score flowing gracefully from the front speakers. Despite only a hint of a rear channel presence, there is a sense of immersion about the music, with Oscar Winner Rachel Portman's (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2) fine score oftentimes overshadowing the story and acting. Sound effects travel perfectly across the soundstage; the beating of hooves, the rolling of carriages, or the barking of dogs in expansive entryways all manage to create a fine, realistic atmosphere. Subtle nuances, like the crackling of a fire, add the last bit of realism to the track to make it a fine, natural, not aggressive, but certainly real-sounding mix. Dialogue, too, is reproduced with nary a hiccup. While The Duchess certainly does not provide an invigorating workout for any sound system, it instead plays like a nice, relaxing, rejuvenating experience that makes for a pleasing listen.


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The Duchess Announced for Blu-ray - November 20, 2008

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced that they will bring the Keira Knightley film 'The Duchess' to Blu-ray on December 18th, day-and-date with the DVD release. For this true story also starring Ralph Fiennes, video will be presented in 1080p accompanied ...

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In an early report to retailers, Paramount Home Entertainment has revealed that they will bring 'Ghost Town' and 'The Duchess' to Blu-ray on December 27th, day-and-date with the DVD release. For these two titles, video will be presented in 1080p accompanied by ...


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