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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Blu-ray

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Sony Pictures | 1999 | 158 min | Unrated | Dec 02, 2008

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
French: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Indonesian, Korean… (more)

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

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Video 3.8 of 53.8
Audio 4.4 of 54.4
Extras 1.2 of 51.2
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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

 (1999)

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Blu-ray offers decent video and superb audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

In the early 15th century, a young village girl receives visions that drive her to rid France of its oppressors.

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

Starring: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman, Pascal Greggory, Richard Ridings
Director: Luc Besson

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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.40:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC, and granted a 1080p transfer Luc Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Sony Pictures.

Detail and clarity with this transfer appear largely satisfying even though there are some notable fluctuations that I was able to detect. Close-ups, however, are very impressive as they allow one to see substantially more than what the SDVD release of this film (which I own) does. The color-scheme is also noticeably better-rendered by the Blu-ray transfer. Yellows, greens, whites, reds, and browns, are all colors of importance in this film, and, fortunately enough, they look very convincing. Furthermore, aside from a few tiny specks that I was able to spot during the opening scenes, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc looks healthy as well – there aren't any disturbing scratches, debris, or dirt. If there is anything that might annoy some of you with this transfer, it is the fact that edge-enhancement does appear to have found its way on it, and occasionally I was able to spot its presence. Interestingly enough, there are scenes (such as Joan's vision in the field before she English attack her village) where it is very easy to spot it, and then there are large portions of the film that look absolutely stunning. Still, the overall quality of the transfer provided by Sony Pictures is undoubtedly an improvement over the transfer provided on the SDVD, therefore I strongly recommend that you consider the Blu-ray disc if this film has a special place in your heart. (Note: This is a Region-Free release which you will be able to play on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location).


The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

The following tracks are offered on this Blu-ray disc: English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1, French: Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, and Thai: Dolby Digital 5.1. Well, it is obvious that Sony Pictures have made this release as friendly as possible. The inclusion of the three Dolby TrueHD tracks, as well as the two dubs, will likely appeal to a large group of aficionados, so this is definitely good news. This being said, I opted for the English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix and did a few selective comparisons with the French: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix for the purpose of this review.

I don't think that there is much here one could be dissatisfied with. The English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track is loud, crisp, and very potent. The battle scenes in particular are very effective, and you would be hard pressed not to recognize the enormous improvements the Blu-ray disc offers in the audio department over its SDVD counterparts. Furthermore, even during non-action scenes, such as the vision-segment in the very beginning where there is an abundance of ambient sounds, the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track shines (the rear channels are very impressive). On the other hand, the prolonged battle scenes benefit from a thunderous bass which will likely test the muscle of your home equipment. Also, the dialog is crystal clear and very easy to follow. I did not detect any pops, cracks, or balance issues to report here either. This being said, I did switch between the English and French Dolby Digital TrueHD tracks, and to be honest I find them to be practically identical. Specifically, I did not hear any substantial differences in terms of balance. Finally, I would like to mention that Sony Pictures have provided optional English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Indonesian Bahasa, Korean, Thai, and Dutch subtitles. For the record, the subtitles are split - they appear inside and outside of the image frame.



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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced that they will bring the Luc Besson films 'Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc' and 'La Femme Nikita' to Blu-ray on December 2nd. 'Joan of Arc' will be presented in 2.40:1 1080p AVC while 'Nikita' will be presented ...


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