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The Pelican Brief Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1993 | 141 min | Rated PG-13 | Feb 10, 2009

The Pelican Brief (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0
German: Dolby Digital 2.0
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Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, German SDH, Dutch, Finnish… (more)

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
Digital copy (on disc) (expired)

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Region free

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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.9 of 53.9
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 0.5 of 50.5
Based on 5 user reviews

Movie appeal 
Drama100%
Crime83%
Thriller81%
Mystery16%
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The Pelican Brief

 (1993)

The Pelican Brief Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio, but overall it's a mediocre Blu-ray release

A New Orleans law student finds herself embroiled in a terrifying web of intrigue extending to the highest levels of government after she writes a speculative legal brief exposing the activities of a powerful oil magnate.

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

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Writers: Alan J. Pakula, John Grisham
Starring: Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard, John Heard, Tony Goldwyn, James B. Sikking

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The Pelican Brief Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Pelican Brief's dull and meandering thrills may not hold your attention, but Warner's attractive 1080p/VC-1 transfer will. More than just a casual catalog success, the image forgoes boosted colors and heightened contrast in favor of a a more natural, filmic presentation. While the palette is admittedly lifeless at times, it boasts near-perfect skintones, impressive black levels, and an assortment of relatively vivid primaries. Detail is somewhat soft in long distance shots, but close-ups look much better. Textures have been decently preserved, edge definition is pleasing, and delineation reveals far more in the shadows than the previously-released DVD. An unfortunate dose of noise reduction (DNR) and edge enhancement spoils things ever so slightly, but I'm getting the distinct impression that Warner has made the decision to employ both techniques to catalog transfers regardless of whether they actually need it or not.

At least the image is clean. Artifacting, source noise, and banding have all but been eliminated, and only a handful of establishing nighttime shots suffer from black crush. In light of the DNR application, the grain field is still visible if you look closely, but it occasional has a soupy appearance that's noticeable from time to time. Even so, The Pelican Brief's transfer is a strong entry in the studio's catalog canon. Fans will be more than pleased with the obvious upgrade and newcomers will have something to enjoy while waiting for the credits to roll.


The Pelican Brief Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The Pelican Brief also features a competent Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround track that, while conversational in nature, nevertheless delivers a reliable soundfield and convincing acoustics. Considering the majority of the film is spent listening to two characters whisper back and forth, the sonic experience is an immersive one, luring the listener into quiet spaces like cramped hotel rooms and noisier, more involving locales like the Washington Herald offices. Subtle (albeit arguably weak) ambience is present throughout and the soundscape is loaded with fairly exacting effects. The LFE channel doesn't have much to do (aside from support the occasional gunfire or chase sequence), but it's more than passable when it needs to pipe up. Likewise, dynamics are generally lacking, but exhibit notable range when necessary. If I have any major complaint, it's that accuracy and fidelity are spotty at times, leaving a few scenes sounding cluttered and overwhelmed. Ultimately, The Pelican Brief sounds pretty good... just don't expect anything that approaches a reference level catalog mix.


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Warner Announces Two John Grisham Films - November 26, 2008

Warner Home Video has announced that they will release two John Grisham inspired films 'The Pelican Brief' and 'A Time to Kill' for Blu-ray on February 10th. Both films will come on BD-25s featuring 1080p VC-1 accompanied by 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtracks. The sole ...


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