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The Professionals Blu-ray

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Sony Pictures | 1966 | 117 min | Rated PG-13 | Jun 10, 2008

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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1

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English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
French: Dolby TrueHD 5.1

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English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, Korean, Mandarin (Traditional)… (more)

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Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 2.6 of 52.6
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The Professionals

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

A wealthy rancher, Frank Carter (Ralph Bellamy), hires four tough gunslingers to rescue his wife (Claudia Cardinale) who is being held captive by Captain Rasa (Jack Palance), one of Pancho Villa's most desperate revolutionaries, in this dynamic and hard-hitting Western set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution of 1917. The wild West commando team consists of a dynamite expert (Burt Lancaster), an ex-revolutionary and munitions expert (Lee Marvin), a horse specialist (Robert Ryan), and a tracker (Woody Strode). On their mission to return Carter's highly prized wife, they track the Mexican revolutionaries through rough and rugged desert terrain, determined to outsmart, outshoot, and outride anyone they come across--until they meet the the charismatic Rasa and discover that Carter's seductive wife is in love with the Mexican outlaw and has no intention of returning with the band of "professionals."

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

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Jack Palance, Claudia Cardinale, Woody Strode
Director: Richard Brooks

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The Professionals Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Professionals brings it's decidedly professional cinematic look and feel to a beautifully rendered 2.35:1, 1080p high definition Blu-ray presentation. This vintage picture holds up very well. The charming, old-time look and feel of the movie translates very well to high definition. Colors are, in a word, astounding, and the film's technicolor process looks fantastic. Much of the film takes place in harsh desert locales with red, tan, and orange rock faces, dirt, clay and other various chunks of debris with some naturally green weeds scattered here and there providing only one of two contrasts to the earthy tones of the land, with the bright, clear, and clean blue sky representing the other. Detail is excellent. Dirty faces, worn clothing, and ridges and crevices in rocks all offer visual reality. We can even see every bead of sweat as it glistens on each actor's face under the hot Mexican sun (see chapter 4). Grain is present over the entire film, and once again, it adds a truly wonderful cinematic feel to the picture. There are a few random hairs on the print, but it's otherwise remarkably clean and free of any other major blemishes. Flesh tones look great in technicolor, and black levels hold up remarkably well. For as good as Blu-ray is to the modern, slicker movies, for my money it does wonders with, and maybe even benefits more, the classic pictures of yore, and The Professionals is another classic film that truly stands out and shines on Blu-ray high definition.


The Professionals Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Although the film's Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack doesn't sound quite as good as the image that accompanies it, The Professionals still sounds fantastic on Blu-ray, and this track brings out the best of the film's classic score and sound effects. With a good old-fashioned, "classical" score that might very well be the quintessential Western theme, The Professionals makes its presence heard from the film's opening seconds. Many of the elements are a bit harsh and dated (especially the gunshots, explosions, and the like), but this is exactly how we expect a western from the mid-1960s to sound. Gunshots ring loud but, like I mentioned earlier, have a decidedly harsh and somewhat undefined tone. However, there is a nice ricochet and "bang" that accompanies many gun shots, and it seems that, as one would naturally expect, the more chaotic the battle (and they get progressively more exciting as the film moves along) the more opportunity the sounds of a classically staged shootout have to shine. The film's score (courtesy of Maurice Jarre, The Longest Day) blends into the rear channels for a pleasing, all-encompassing experience, but the first gunfight of the movie didn't offer up much in the way of surround presence or heavy bass. The second battle, which is much more sustained and heavy, fares better sonically, with some fine sound placement across the front soundstage, and a slightly undefined but more noticeable rear presence. Then again, this soundtrack is more than 40 years old, and it sounds terrific for what it is, and in the context of its era. This one won't blow the roof off or rattle the fillings out of your teeth, but it's an exciting, authentic listen nevertheless.


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