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The Host Blu-ray

United States
Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet Universal Studios | 2013 | 125 min | Rated PG-13 | Jul 09, 2013

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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.7 of 54.7
Audio 4.6 of 54.6
Extras 2.0 of 52.0
Based on 4 user reviews

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Sci-Fi39%
Action20%
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The Host

 (2013)

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

Andrew Niccol directs this science fiction romance adapted from the novel by Stephenie Meyer, creator of 'The Twilight Saga'. An alien race has begun colonising Earth by taking over human bodies and erasing their minds and memories and only a small band of survivors remain who are working to protect themselves from extinction. One of them is Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), who, when out on a search for food, meets another human being named Jared Howe (Max Irons) and it isn't long before they begin to develop feelings for one another. However, when Melanie is taken by the alien species and is made host to one of their own, it seems all hope is lost. That is, until Melanie's mind begins to fight back against her new inhabitor and her human emotions and memories ignite some empathy in the alien parasite.

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

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Max Irons, Rachel Roberts, Marcus Lyle Brown
Director: Andrew Niccol

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The Host Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

The Host is as warm, vibrant and sparkly as intended. Universal's 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode plays happy, healthy host to Niccol and cinematographer Roberto Schaefer's idyllic post-invasion dystopia, with sun-struck hues, lifelike skintones, rich black levels and unflinching color and contrast. None of it is overbearing, mind you, coming to rest somewhere between filmic and otherworldly. The ice-cast alien eyes and glowing Souls are a lovely sight, and the high definition presentation doesn't reveal (or hide, in a few unsightly instances) the seams separating the visual effects from the film's practical photography. Detail is excellent throughout as well, with crisp edges, well-resolved fine textures and informing delineation. Better still, the encode isn't prone to significant artifacting, banding, aliasing or ringing, and very few anomalies take up residence in the presentation. The Host may be dead on the inside, but beauty is at least skin deep.


The Host Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

Universal's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track doesn't disappoint either, even when Niccol's otherwise limp action sequences lumber into view. Dialogue is clean, clear and nicely grounded. Melanie's disembodied voice is overly disjointed from the soundscape, almost to distracting ends, but it's easy enough to chalk it up to poorly implemented intention and give it a pass. LFE output is strong and assertive on the whole, with enough power and presence to hold its own, and rear speaker activity is aggressive enough to up atmosphere and keep the soundfield involving. The Host is nowhere near the immersive, full-assault invasion spectacle genre fans are accustomed to, but it gets by on moody ambience, convincing directionality and enough angsty wherewithal to suit the film's tone. All told, Universal's AV presentation is the highlight of the disc, with next to zero issues to report.



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Blu-ray Sales, July 8-14: The Host Invades the HD Charts - July 17, 2013

For the week that ended on July 14th, Universal Studios scored the top film on the Blu-ray-only sales chart with its release of The Host. The film - director Andrew Niccol's adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer novel - received a lukewarm critical and commercial ...

Exclusive Giveaway: The Host - July 1, 2013

Blu-ray.com and Universal Studios Home Entertainment are offering three members a chance to win a copy of writer/director Andrew Niccol's The Host, which stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, William Hurt, Diane Kruger, Chandler Canterbury and Frances Fisher. ...

The Host Blu-ray - May 7, 2013

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet Combo Pack release of writer/director Andrew Niccol's The Host, starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, William Hurt, Diane Kruger, Chandler Canterbury and Frances Fisher. The ...

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