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The Piano Blu-ray

United States
Lionsgate Films | 1993 | 120 min | Rated R | Jan 31, 2012

The Piano (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles
English, Spanish

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

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Region A (B, C untested)

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 0.5 of 50.5
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The Piano

 (1993)

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

In 1851, Ada, a mute Scotswoman, travels to colonial New Zealand to wed a man she does not know, with her precocious daughter Flora and beloved piano in tow. When her cold and practical husband, the landowner Stewart, refuses to transport the piano to their rural home, Ada hesitantly agrees to a sexual relationship with a neighbor, the intense George, in order to retrieve and gain access to the instrument.

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

Starring: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin, Genevieve Lemon, Cliff Curtis
Director: Jane Campion

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The Piano Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Piano is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate-Miramax with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.78:1 (you'll note in the first two screencaps below that the opening sequence, which includes the credits, is just slightly windowboxed). This is another really solid release of a Miramax catalog title, one which, like Cold Mountain and The English Patient, I'd place at just a slightly inferior level to Frida and Shakespeare in Love. Grain is once again quite noticeable in this presentation, spiking considerably in the film's many dark and/or blue filtered scenes, though never rising to levels seen in The English Patient. The film overall sports a very sharp and well detailed image, with some absolutely gorgeously saturated color. The Piano is often a very dark film, with storm tossed environments and light blocked by huge overhanging trees, and while there's no significant crush here, shadow detail is sometimes lost, something which becomes something of an issue in the many dimly lit interior sequences. The image looks best in midrange and close-ups, where fine detail is well above average. The frequent blue filtering looks magnificent throughout this presentation.


The Piano Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Piano is the first in this wave of Lionsgate-Miramax catalog release not to feature a 5.1 mix, but the good news is the film's DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix boasts really surprisingly good fidelity and some decent separation. The film has some unexpected LFE, including some great roar from the water in the opening sequence when Ada and Flora make the long trip to New Zealand. The film also has a wealth of great ambient environmental sounds, including the omnipresent rain which drenches the goings on in several key segments. Despite Ada's muteness, the film actually does have some dialogue, and that is presented cleanly and clearly. This may strike some as heretical, but aside from the actual piano cues, I personally find Michael Nyman's score for the film distracting and too precious for its own good, but it sounds just fine on this track. It should be noted that there are apparently some missing subtitles here that should have been hard encoded during the sign language scenes.


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