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The Reef Blu-ray

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Image Entertainment | 2010 | 88 min | Rated R | Jul 19, 2011

The Reef (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

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English SDH, Spanish

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

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Video 3.8 of 53.8
Audio 3.9 of 53.9
Extras 1.9 of 51.9
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The Reef

 (2010)

The Reef Blu-ray offers solid video and great audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.

For more about The Reef and the The Reef Blu-ray release, see the The Reef Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Damian Walshe-Howling, Gyton Grantley, Adrienne Pickering, Zoe Naylor, Kieran Darcy-Smith, Mark Simpson
Director: Andrew Traucki

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The Reef Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

The Reef washes up on Blu-ray with a 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer that's better than merely acceptable but a few steps shy of great. Imdb.com states that The Reef was shot on 35mm, and you can definitely see film cameras in the "making of" featurette, but it also looks to me like some digital footage has been mixed in as well, mostly in the underwater scenes. Some shots show clear evidence of film grain, especially in the first act, but others seem to have been either shot on video or given a light DNR filtering--it's sometimes hard to tell. Ultimately, though, it doesn't really matter. The movie looks good, regardless of the source material, and besides, this isn't a film where visual fidelity is a prime concern. You could watch The Reef on a twice-duped VHS tape and it'd still be terrifying. I'd also advise against trying to read too much into the quality of the screenshots. Since the camera and the actors are almost always moving, many of the screenshots look softer and more smeary than the film actually is when in motion. Through there are a few sequences that are legitimately soft, clarity is generally strong, displaying the fine detail of the actors' faces and even the neoprene texture of their wetsuits. There are some slight color issues--most notably, a few instances where the tonality switches suddenly between shots--but nothing overly distracting. Blues are deep, black levels are dense, and contrast is solid. Finally, aside from some light noise, there are no compression-related concerns. It may not be demo material, but The Reef definitely looks better than it would ever need to look to scare you senseless.


The Reef Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Imagine the sounds you'd be likely to hear if you were stranded out in the middle of the ocean with your capsized shipmates; the quiet lapping of waves, the hush of wind, the gurgling of bubbles when you peek underwater to check for danger, the sudden thrashing of a surfacing shark, the terrified screams of your friends. That pretty much sums up The Reef's lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, which brings the suspense and horror of the situation to life with frequent--and effective--usage of the surround channels. Overall, this is a very quiet film, but the mix uses environmental sound design to generate a lot of tension, like the scene where Luke is inside the capsized cabin, looking for supplies, and hears a strange pounding noise from outside the hull. The ambience is punctuated by Rafael May's throbbing, bass-heavy score, which wisely avoids any direct John Williams comparisons. In total, the mix sounds wonderful, with punchy dynamics during the big jump scares and generally realistic foley sounds. Dialogue is almost always clean and balanced and comprehensible. The disc includes optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles in easy-too-read lettering.



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The waters of Australia's Great Barrier Reef are unmatched in beauty and danger. Clear and blue, teeming with life – they tempt adventurers from the world over. On July 19 Image Entertainment presents Andrew Traucki's The Reef (2010). Based on a true event, it's ...


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