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The Legend of Billie Jean Blu-ray

United States
Fair is Fair Edition Mill Creek Entertainment | 1985 | 95 min | Rated PG-13 | Jul 22, 2014

The Legend of Billie Jean (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (25.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kbps)

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 1.9 of 51.9
Extras 1.8 of 51.8
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The Legend of Billie Jean

 (1985)

The Legend of Billie Jean Blu-ray offers solid video and terrible audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

A young woman and her teenage brother flee their Texas hometown after being falsely accused of a crime. As they try to prove their innocence, their adventures turn them into folk heroes.

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

Starring: Helen Slater, Keith Gordon, Christian Slater, Richard Bradford, Peter Coyote, Yeardley Smith
Director: Matthew Robbins

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The Legend of Billie Jean Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

The Legend of Billie Jean was shot by cinematographer Jeffrey L. Kimball, whose next film, Top Gun, would bring him acclaim for its innovative aerial camera work and lead to a thriving career filming action spectacles, including Mission: Impossible II and The Expendables. Kimball's lighting on Billie Jean was designed to capture the intense heat of the Texas summer, using filters and diffusion. (On the commentary, Helen Slater and Yeardley Smith recall that the actors were constantly being sprayed with glycerin solution to simulate perspiration.)

I have seen references to the transfer on Mill Creek's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray as an "old master", but since the film wasn't released on DVD until a few years ago, "old" is a relative term. In well-lit scenes, the Blu-ray image features pleasing sharpness, superior detail and a vibrant but naturalistic palette that sometimes has the colors washed out by the haze or brightness, an effect I believe to be deliberate. Night scenes can be more problematic, with heavier grain and somewhat less detail, but again I believe this is inherent in the original photography. Overall, the film's grain pattern looks natural and undisturbed by filtering or digital manipulation. The black levels vary between solid black and a skew towards gray in the brightest scenes, where the entire frame is brightened. Since this is specific to individual shots (and, to my recollection, the film has always looked like this), it appears to be part of the intended "hot" look.

With no extras other than a commentary, Mill Creek has achieved an average bitrate of 25.00 Mbps, which isn't the highest I've seen but is certainly very good for a film with minimal action sequences.


The Legend of Billie Jean Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  1.0 of 5

Billie Jean was released to theaters in Dolby Stereo. If there's one critical component to the soundtrack besides the dialogue, it's the music, which, in addition to the title song, "Invincible", in both instrumental and vocal renditions, also includes Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (which became a hit on re-release after the film), several cuts by the Divinyls and a synthpop score by Craig Safan (Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins). The music should help propel the story and intensify its emotions, but on the Blu-ray's languid Dolby Digital 2.0 track, encoded at the bit-starved DVD-standard rate of 192 kbps, it barely makes a dent. The dialogue is clear enough, but the entire track sounds thin and compressed, without the full dynamic range that would give the songs the requisite punch and impact. The track has also been encoded at an unusually low volume.

I am far from a lossless purist, but there is no reason why the low-resolution DVD standard of 192 kbps should be used on Blu-ray, unless the source is of such low quality that it can withstand so much compression without meaningful sacrifice, which is certainly not the case here. At the very least, DD 2.0 should be encoded at 448 kbps, for which there is ample room on this BD-25, where several GB remain unused. It appears that Sony simply sent the DVD track to Mill Creek rather than provide the uncompressed masters for re-encoding. The result is a shoddy presentation and the lowest audio score I have ever given.



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