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The Hoax Blu-ray

United States
Echo Bridge Entertainment | 2006 | 116 min | Rated R | Mar 10, 2013

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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (18.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
None

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

Playback
Region A, B (C untested)

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Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 3.0 of 53.0
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The Hoax

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The Hoax Blu-ray offers solid video and audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

In the early 1970s, author Clifford Irving (Richard Gere), with accomplice Richard Suskind (Alfred Molina), attempts to pull off one of the greatest media scams of the century. He writes a fake biography of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, claiming that Hughes commissioned it, and sells the book to publishing giant McGraw-Hill. Based on a true story.

For more about The Hoax and the The Hoax Blu-ray release, see the The Hoax Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, Julie Delpy, David Aaron Baker
Director: Lasse Hallström

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The Hoax Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Shot by British DP Oliver Stapleton (The Guilt Trip) and finished on a digital intermediate, The Hoax is presented in a 1080p, AVC-encoded presentation that is one of Echo Bridge's better efforts. Presumably sourced from digital files, the master reveals a substantial amount of natural grain and fine detail in such demanding scenes as the masked ball where Irving receives the bad news about his novel, the launch party for the Hughes autobiography and outdoor scenes in and around Irving's home in Croton Falls. Blacks are solid and shades of black are well-delineated, providing good shadow detail, which is crucial in the many night scenes, especially a critical sequence where Irving is awakened by a call from his wife and suspects that his home has been invaded. Another scene shows the transfer's strength in handling contrasting areas of darkness and light, when Irving finds Dick Suskind in a bar late in the evening, drinking with two hookers and decides to join them for an impromptu "party".

Colors are varied and saturated without being overstated. Given the era, it must have been a temptation for Hallström and his design team to fill the frame with fluorescent, "psychedelic" hues, especially since at least some of the characters would still own much of their Sixties wardrobe, but the palette remains realistic, with the occasional exception (e.g., Edith Irving's artwork).

Low-grade video noise is sometimes visible, and some of it is undoubtedly due to unnecessarily tight compression. Although Echo Bridge has used a BD-50, at least 20 Gb of space remain empty. It was not necessary to compress the main feature to an average bitrate of 18.00 Mbps.


The Hoax Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The film's original soundtrack is presented as lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1. The Hoax is a dialogue-driven film, but the dialogue reflects some interesting editing choices that become more pronounced as the film progresses and Clifford Irving's mental state deteriorates under the growing stress. Voices are sometimes in his imagination and sometimes real, and the sound editing plays tricks on the ear so that you don't always know which is which. Individual sound effects such as the pop of camera flashbulbs, the roar of a crowd or a ringing telephone are suddenly isolated and amplified, as a reflection of Irving's interior condition. All of these sounds are clearly and forcefully reproduced on the lossless track, with the rear speakers used primarily to reinforce the front speakers and expand the listening space.

Carter Burwell's characteristically fine score shifts moods with the film's unique blend of elation and despair, and the soundtrack is enhanced by a wonderful selection of period-specific pop tunes, including George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun" (performed by Richie Havens), several songs by Credence Clearwater Revival and, most appropriately, the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want".

There is also a stereo track encoded as DTS-HD MA 2.0.



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