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The Insider Blu-ray

United States
Disney / Buena Vista | 1999 | 157 min | Rated R | Feb 19, 2013

The Insider (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (25.99 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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

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Video 4.6 of 54.6
Audio 4.3 of 54.3
Extras 1.7 of 51.7
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The Insider

 (1999)

The Insider Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.

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

Starring: Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Philip Baker Hall, Lindsay Crouse
Director: Michael Mann (I)

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The Insider Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Disney doesn't exactly have the greatest track record when it comes to Buena Vista and Touchstone catalog releases, but The Insider is something special. Its beautifully filmic 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video transfer is as impressive as just about anyone could hope for, and free from any significant artifacts or encoding issues. Grain has been preserved and refined, edges are crisp and resistant to ringing, fine textures are clean and exceptionally well-resolved, and shadow delineation, though a bit on the unforgiving side, isn't prone to crushing or home to errant noise. Dante Spinotti's palette shifts dramatically from scene to scene as intended, complete with twice-baked oranges, overcast blues, pale greens and deep, almost oppressive black levels. Contrast is a touch hot, yes, with more than a few instances of oversaturated skintones (particularly in regards to Christopher Plummer), but again, it's all in keeping with Mann and Spinotti's intentions. And while those familiar with the Blu-ray edition's DVD counterpart will note the resulting image is much darker and richer than in previous presentations, it would be a mistake to immediately assume contrast has been over-cranked or the original source has been subjected to any disastrous tweaking. It's dangerous to view a DVD as an accurate representation of the film negative, and anyone who does so in this case will miss out on everything the new presentation does oh so right. My only complaint? Slight halos are visible from time to time. Thankfully, it's exceedingly minor and doesn't hinder The Insider at all.


The Insider Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

It would be easy to dismiss Disney's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track as front-heavy or serviceable, especially during the film's quieter moments. Take even a moment to focus on the lossless mix, though, and you'll quickly realize just how effective it is. Dialogue is grounded in Mann's reality, often challenging voices but never drowning out dialogue or accomplishing anything other than creating a convincing, naturalistic and decidedly immersive soundfield. Rear speaker activity is subdued but wholly satisfying, and latches on to the subtleties of bustling news rooms, downpours, seaside conversations and more crowded locales. LFE output is weighty and assertive, lending the film sonic depth and power, even in those moments when Pieter Bourke and Lisa Gerrard's score surges forward and dominates the soundscape. Dynamics are excellent too, as is directionality, cross-channel pans and overall fidelity. It may not be readily apparent, but The Insider couldn't sound much better than it does here.



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