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The Grifters Blu-ray

United Kingdom
Optimum Home Entertainment | 1990 | 110 min | Rated BBFC: 18 | Jul 20, 2009

The Grifters (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
None

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

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Region B (locked)

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Video 3.0 of 53.0
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 0.0 of 50.0
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The Grifters

 (1990)

The Grifters Blu-ray offers decent video and solid audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

A small-time con man tries to avoid getting involved in big-time crime.

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

Starring: Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, Annette Bening, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jeremy Piven, Frances Bay
Narrator: Martin Scorsese
Director: Stephen Frears

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The Grifters Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Stephen Frears' The Grifters arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Optimum Home Entertainment.

I am staring to believe that there is some sort of conspiracy going on with this film. I've gone through four different releases of it – an old laserdisc, two Region 1 SDVDs by Miramax, and a Dutch Region 2 SDVD – and they all had their fair share of problems. First it was the lack of a proper anamorphic transfer, then it was the macroblocking issue, and finally there was the lackluster audio treatment. Here we are again with yet another release of The Grifters, this time around on Blu-ray. Well, once again I have mixed feelings about a disc that I want to like but am unsure if I should. Here's why:

The good news – contrast and clarity are pleasing. As far as I am concerned, they represent a major upgrade over the Miramax SE SDVD. The macroblokcing that plagues the SDVD is also nowhere to be seen on the Blu-ray. Generally speaking, the color-scheme is also a lot more convincing. The best news, however, is that heavy digital noise reduction has not been applied on this transfer.

The bad news – it is fairly easy to tell that Optimum Home Entertainment have used dated elements to bring The Grifters to Blu-ray. There are a number of tiny flecks and scratches that I noticed. I don't believe that they would detract from your viewing experience, but some of you might be slightly annoyed by their presence. There are some stability issues with the color-scheme as well. For example, some of the indoor scenes look a bit problematic. I also spotted quite a bit of mild edge-enhancement.

Overall, this Blu-ray disc represents an obvious upgrade over the existing Miramax SE SDVD release. There is a lot to like about it, but I think that it could have easily looked a lot better. A single clean-up of the tiny flecks would have done miracles. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" disc. Therefore, unless you have a native Region-B or Region-Free player, you won't be able to access the disc's content).


The Grifters Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

There are two audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and English LPCM 2.0 track. I opted for the English LPCM 2.0 track and later on did a few random comparisons with the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track for the purpose of this review.

I purposely decided to watch the film with the with the English LPCM 2.0 track. I am very well familiar with it, so as soon as I received my disc, I tested a few scenes with it and found that I liked a lot more what I heard with the English LPCM 2.0 track than with what I heard with the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track.

The dialog is actually slightly easier to follow on the English LPCM 2.0 track. On the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track there are certain scenes where the dialog isn't as clear as it should be. There isn't much activity in the surround channels on the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, but the little that you would hear I believe it interferes with the dialog (the final scene is great example). This being said, there are no pops, cracks, or hissings that I detected. Elmer Bernstein's score sounds lovely. For the record, once again Optimum Home Entertainment have not provided optional English subtitles for the main feature.



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