Best Blu-ray Deals

Best Blu-ray Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
Lawrence of Arabia (Blu-ray)
Grave of the Fireflies (Blu-ray)
Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
Singin' in the Rain (Blu-ray)
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray)
Spirited Away (Blu-ray)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (Blu-ray)
Mad Max (Blu-ray)
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Blu-ray)
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3 (Blu-ray)
Hyperdimension Neptunia The Animation: Complete Series + OVA LE (Blu-ray)
Annie (Blu-ray)
What's your next favorite movie?
Join our movie community to find out

Image from: Life of Pi (2012)
Manage your own movie collection and always keep it with you with our Apps. Price track movies and get price drop notifications instantly. Become a member to take full advantage of all site features.


 Best deals
 New deals
 Lowest prices
 New price drops
 New lowest prices
 Big price drops


 New reviews
 Browse reviews
 Search reviews


 Release calendar
 Now available
 New releases
 Coming soon
 Recently listed
 New pre-orders
 New covers

Top lists

 Top movies
 Top collected
 Top Blu-ray
 Top sellers
 Top pre-orders


 Search movies
 Blu-ray movies
 Blu-ray box sets
 TV on Blu-ray
 3D movies


 Latest reviews
 Top reviewers
 Top contributors

By genre

 Action (40812)
 Adventure (31371)
 Animation (9430)
 Anime (5243)
 Biography (4335)
 Comedy (30263)
 Comic book (5855)
 Coming of age (2042)
 Crime (21083)
 Dark humor (4274)
 Documentary (5330)
 Drama (49060)
 Epic (5853)
 Erotic (1274)
 Family (13158)
 Fantasy (18007)
 Film-Noir (1321)
 Foreign (7027)
 Heist (1821)
 History (6343)
 Holiday (1312)
 Horror (15428)
 Imaginary (999)
 Martial arts (3656)
 Melodrama (2650)
 Music (9453)
 Musical (4241)
 Mystery (12218)
 Nature (1886)
 Other (724)
 Period (7682)
 Psychological thriller (3495)
 Romance (17631)
 Sci-Fi (20195)
 Short (449)
 Sport (3094)
 Supernatural (4882)
 Surreal (1619)
 Teen (3585)
 Thriller (35590)
 War (6325)
 Western (2624)

By studio

 20th Century Fox
 Disney / Buena Vista
 Lionsgate Films
 New Line Cinema
 Paramount Pictures
 Sony Pictures
 Studio Canal
 Universal Studios
 Warner Bros.

 Show all studios


 Blu-ray movies
 Blu-ray studios

The Postman Always Rings Twice Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1981 | 121 min | Rated R | Jan 21, 2014

The Postman Always Rings Twice (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (18.41 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.77:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
French: Dolby Digital Mono
German: Dolby Digital Mono
Italian: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono

English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German SDH, Italian

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

Region A, B (C untested)

List price: $19.98, Price history

Amazon: $13.86 (Save 31%)
New from: $12.07 (Save 40%)
Usually ships in 24 hours

Buy The Postman Always Rings Twice on Blu-ray Movie

Movie rating
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Blu-ray rating
Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 3.0 of 53.0
Based on 1 user review

Movie appeal 

The Postman Always Rings Twice


The Postman Always Rings Twice Blu-ray offers solid video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

The sensuous wife of a road stop proprietor and a drifter begin a steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.

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

Director: Bob Rafelson
Writer: David Mamet
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Michael Lerner, John P. Ryan, Anjelica Huston

» See full cast & crew

The Postman Always Rings Twice Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Rafelson's remake of The Postman Always Rings Twice was originally supposed to be released on Blu-ray in November 2012 along with the 1946 black-and-white classic, but it was repeatedly postponed. One can reasonably surmise that the delay was to allow for Rafelson, Nicholson and Mamet to be interviewed for the new "scene-specific" commentary. Now that the wait is over, the story on the video front is a mixture of good news and bad.

First the good news. Warner couldn't recycle an old DVD transfer, because the only region 1 DVD of this Postman ever released was full-frame. The 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray faithfully reproduces the fine detail, deep blacks and precisely cast shadows of cinematographer Sven Nykvist's photography, along with its evocative earth-toned palette. Postman is set almost entirely in the dry California countryside of the Depression, and Nykvist (and production designer George Jenkins) colored the image to be interesting without being overly pretty. Those who routinely accuse Warner of spreading a "teal wash" over its Blu-rays will have to wilfully ignore The Postman Always Rings Twice, because it doesn't support their theory. If they're seeing teal in this image, their sets need adjustment.

Now the bad news. A BDInfo scan of this disc reveals that the 121-minute film occupies approximately 19.5 Gb of disc space, for an average bitrate of 18.41 Mbps, which is tight compression even by Warner's typically thrifty standards. With only a standard-definition trailer to accompany it, Postman was obviously intended for a BD-25. When the decision was made to include a new commentary, it wasn't added as a new language track, which would have required reauthoring the main feature. Instead, a second copy of the film was added, omitting sections without commentary; this second copy of the film runs just over 81 minutes and occupies almost 13 Gb. The combination of these two copies necessitated the use of a BD-50, but Warner did not go back and reauthor the main feature for better compression, even though the disc now had an additional 16 Gb of unused space.

The result? Despite the growing skill of compressionists, at a certain point there's no avoiding artifacts, and Postman's compression is too tight. Tiny artifacts of the kind commonly called "mosquito noise" are visible at numerous points throughout the film. They can most readily be observed in large expanses of light colors such as sky or walls, but they also appear as a kind of rippling in dark portions of the frame, where they might be mistaken for aliasing. The phenomenon is difficult to capture in screenshots, but the larger the image is projected, the more obvious it will be in motion.

Related to this issue is the notable absence of visible film grain (although some viewers may mistake the compression-related noise for grain). This is not the effect of so-called "DNR", a term that has now been so indiscriminately used that it barely means anything, but more likely results from the kind of sophisticated degraining software now available in the standard digital intermediate suite, which is routinely applied to newly shot film before it ever reaches the multiplex. Grain can now be removed without major sacrifice of detail, and if one is planning to aim for tight compression, degraining is a common first step.

This is not to say that Postman is "unwatchable", "a travesty" or any of the other hyperbolic expressions randomly applied on internet forums. Quite the opposite is the case, especially on screens smaller than 65" in diameter. But what is especially unfortunate is that, after such a long wait and what was obviously a superior image capture, Warner did not go back and at least redo the compression to improve the bitrate and ensure that no artifacts would appear on consumers' displays. After all this time, they owed us (and Rafelson) that much.

The Postman Always Rings Twice Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Postman was released in mono, which is reproduced here in lossless DTS-HD MA 1.0. The track is in very good condition, with fine dynamic range, clear dialogue and a sweetly musical reproduction of the painfully romantic score by Michael Small (Marathon Man), one of the essential composers of the Seventies, who Rafelson says in his commentary never got his due.

Similar titles you might also like

What is this?

Show more titles »

Similar titles suggested by members


The Postman Always Rings Twice Blu-ray, News and Updates

This Week on Blu-ray: January 21-28 - January 19, 2014

For the week of January 21st, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment streets Captain Phillips on Blu-ray. Other titles include Blue Jasmine, Warner's The Postman Always Rings Twice, MGM's new RoboCop Blu-ray, Magnolia's Bad Milo release, and Criterion's loaded It's a ...

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) Blu-ray Dated - June 8, 2013

Having been delayed in 2012, the Blu-ray release of director Bob Rafelson and screenwriter David Mamet's The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) has a new release date: September 3rd. The film is an adaptation of the 1934 James M. Cain novel and the 1946 Tay Garnett ...

Two Versions of The Postman Always Rings Twice on Blu-ray - July 27, 2012

In November, Warner Home Entertainment will bring two versions of the film noir classic The Postman Always Rings Twice to Blu-ray - the 1946 original and the 1981 remake. These adaptations of James M. Cain's influential crime novel focus on how the torrid affair ...

» Show more related news posts for The Postman Always Rings Twice Blu-ray

The Postman Always Rings Twice Blu-ray, Forum Discussions

Topic Replies Last post

The Postman Always Rings Twice Blu-ray

$19.98 $13.86

Buy The Postman Always Rings Twice on Blu-ray Movie


Get Daily Blu-ray Deals

* We do not share your email and you may opt out at any time.

Top Blu-ray Deals


The best Blu-ray deals online. Don't miss out on these great deals.

See Today's Deals »

 Top movies

Latest Deals United States

The latest deals on Blu-ray movies
at Amazon.

Show new deals »

Trending Blu-ray Movies
1. Taken 3
2. Escape from New York
3. Interstellar
4. The Babadook
5. Batman vs. Robin
6. Birdman
7. Big Hero 6
8. The Imitation Game
9. Nightcrawler
10. Gone Girl
11. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ...
12. The Cabin in the Woods
13. John Wick
14. Mad Max
15. The Equalizer

Trending in Theaters
1. Furious 7
2. Ex Machina
3. It Follows
4. Maps to the Stars
5. The Voices
6. Kingsman: The Secret Service
7. Unfriended
8. While We're Young
9. Hot Tub Time Machine 2
10. Jupiter Ascending
11. Everly
12. Cinderella
13. Chappie
14. The DUFF
15. Monkey Kingdom
16. Seventh Son
17. Run All Night
18. The Divergent Series: Insurgent
19. Accidental Love
20. Digging Up the Marrow
21. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
22. Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
23. Get Hard
24. True Story
25. Home Sweet Hell
26. The Last Five Years
27. Fifty Shades of Grey
28. Lost River
29. Wild Card
30. '71
31. The Longest Ride
32. Woman in Gold
33. What We Do in the Shadows
34. Welcome to New York
35. Clouds of Sils Maria
36. Zombeavers
37. Unfinished Business
38. Hard to Be a God
39. The Salvation
40. Supremacy
41. Girlhood
42. Cut Bank
43. The Riot Club
44. White God

Top 10 Sellers United States
1.  Fifty Shades of Grey
2.  Grave of the Fireflies
3.  American Sniper
4.  Interstellar
5.  Paddington
6.  Taken 3
7.  Kingsman: The Secret Service
8.  Big Hero 6
9.  Star Wars: Episodes IV-VI
10.  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ...
  » See more top sellers

Top 10 Pre-orders United States
1.  Fifty Shades of Grey
2.  American Sniper
3.  Kingsman: The Secret Service
4.  Furious 7
5.  Cinderella
6.  Jupiter Ascending 3D
7.  Mad Max
8.  Insurgent
9.  Spirited Away
10.  Chappie
  » See more pre-orders

Top 10 Bargains United States
1.  Grave of the Fireflies
$9.99, Save 67%
2.  Paddington
$19.91, Save 50%
3.  Taken 3
$19.89, Save 50%
4.  Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourt...
$39.96, Save 50%
5.  Fast & Furious 6-Movie Collection
$36.49, Save 54%
6.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
$19.99, Save 50%
7.  The Imitation Game
$17.96, Save 49%
8.  The Avengers
$17.99, Save 55%
9.  Fury
$14.99, Save 57%
10.  Singin' in the Rain
$7.99, Save 60%
  » See more deals

Most Popular Blu-ray Movie Deals

Lawrence of Arabia

 United States

$95.99 $38.99

Grave of the Fireflies

 United States

$29.98 $9.99

Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season

 United States

$79.98 $19.95

Best Blu-ray Movie Deals »

This web site is not affiliated with the Blu-ray Disc Association.
All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners.
© 2002-2015 All rights reserved.
Registration problems | Business/Advertising Inquiries | Privacy Policy | Legal Notices