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The Messenger Blu-ray

United States
DigiPack / Blu-ray + DVD Oscilloscope Pictures | 2009 | 118 min | Rated R | May 18, 2010

The Messenger (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
DVD copy

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing
DigiPack

Playback
Region free

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 3.9 of 53.9
Extras 3.1 of 53.1
Based on 2 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
War18%
Romance4%
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The Messenger

 (2009)

The Messenger Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

U.S. Army officer Will Montgomery has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front. When he finds himself drawn to Olivia, to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband's death, Will's emotional detachment begins to dissolve and the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of grief, friendship and survival.

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

Starring: Ben Foster, Jena Malone, Eamonn Walker, Woody Harrelson, Yaya DaCosta, Steve Buscemi
Director: Oren Moverman

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The Messenger Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in 1080p utilizing the AVC codec (at an average bitrate of 22Mbps), The Messenger contains a variety of subtle textures that accommodate the superb staging of each scene. One of the first elements that stuck out in the visual presentation is the bleak appearance of the color spectrum, which rarely incorporates vivid hues, yet manages to appear entirely natural within the confines of the film's tone. Fine object detail remains slightly above average through the extent of the film, revealing adequate facial textures throughout close-up shots, and the subtle nuances in the fabrics that comprise the soldier's uniforms. Adding an additional layer of depth across the surface of the image, there's a light smattering of film grain that contributes to the gritty feel of the production, and enhances the overall experience. Unfortunately, there's one element of the production that doesn't hold up quite so well. In several instances black level depth slides into gray territory, wreaking havoc on contrast differentiation and nearly eliminating shadow detail. There's a good chance this is a byproduct of poor lighting in the source material, creating a need for artificial brightness boosting, but regardless of the reason it's a weakness worth mentioning.

In the end, The Messenger provides a decent visual presentation that never approaches demo-worthy quality, but still offers a sufficient upgrade over the DVD version included in the package.


The Messenger Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Considering this is the first release from Oscilloscope Laboratories, I was slightly surprised to find a decent quality lossless track included on the disc. Most fledgling studios break into the Blu-ray format with a primary focus on the visual capabilities, but take a little longer to appreciate the potential improvement in the audio portion of the presentation. Digging into the nuts and bolts of this particular track, we're given a front-heavy experience that's well suited for such a subtle audio mix. Aside from a handful of scenes, the majority of the runtime remains focused on intimate dialog and a soundtrack consisting of reflective guitar pieces. This isn't a bad thing (after all, not every film can be an action blockbuster), but it limits the production's ability to create a more immersive experience through spatial separation. Instead, I'd say the audio portion of the presentation acts solely as a complimentary side-dish to the engrossing plot (which serves the intended purpose), but doesn't extend much additional effort.


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