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The Paperboy Blu-ray

United States
Millennium Media | 2012 | 107 min | Rated R | Jan 22, 2013

The Paperboy (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 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (256 kbps)

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English, Spanish

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25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 3.6 of 53.6
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 2.1 of 52.1
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The Paperboy

 (2012)

The Paperboy Blu-ray offers solid video and great audio, but overall it's a mediocre Blu-ray release

A sexy thriller based on the New York Times best seller by Pete Dexter. Lured by imploring letters from the beautiful siren Charlotte (Nicole Kidman), handsome, hard-nosed reporter Ward James (Matthew McConaughey) and his partner, Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo), return to Ward's hometown of Lately, Florida, to investigate the seemingly unjust imprisonment of Charlotte's lover, alligator hunter Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack)

For more about The Paperboy and the The Paperboy Blu-ray release, see the The Paperboy Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack, David Oyelowo, Scott Glenn
Director: Lee Daniels

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The Paperboy Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

The Paperboy is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Millennium Films with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.40:1. I frankly didn't see The Paperboy in its very brief theatrical exhibition (at least in this market), so can't accurately judge how true to the original "look" of the film this Blu-ray is, but what immediately struck me about this transfer is how soft it is, no doubt due to the fact that this was shot on Super 16. Even some close-ups offer gauzy, relatively fuzzy imagery, which, considering Daniels' cinematographer is the well regarded Roberto Schaefer (Quantum of Solace), I have to assume was an intentional choice, perhaps to give the film a quasi-verité ambience. The other major issue here is how routinely contrast is pushed, to the point where many scenes seem to have a milky overlay poured over them. Now all of this may sound like The Paperboy looks pretty bad, but that's not the case. Taken on its own merits, there's a gritty quality to the appearance of this film that perfectly suits its lurid subject matter. This isn't a "pretty" film, or an eye popping high definition presentation, but it's an authentic one.


The Paperboy Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Paperboy features a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix which only really fully exploits the surround channels in a couple of ways, the ubiquitous source cues Daniels incorporates in the film (none of which would probably be considered "Top 10" 1969 material) and in some of the swamp scenes, where some well placed ambient environmental noise is well utilized to help create sonic atmosphere. The bulk of this film plays out in intimate dialogue scenes, and the track supports that facet very well. Occasionally some slight increase in immersion will show up (a scene of Kidman and Efron running madly down a motel balcony has some good effects), but this is a fairly front heavy mix, as should probably be expected from the kind of proto-indie ambience Daniels is going for.


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The Paperboy Blu-ray - October 16, 2012

Millennium Entertainment is bringing director Lee Daniels' 2012 thriller The Paperboy to Blu-ray early next year. The film stars Zac Efron (17 Again), and Matthew McConaughey (Sahara), along with co-stars, David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland), Macy Gray (Déjà ...


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