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The Sand Pebbles Blu-ray

United States
20th Century Fox | 1966 | 179 min | Rated PG-13 | Jun 03, 2008

The Sand Pebbles (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-2
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 4.0 (Original)
French: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean

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

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Region A (locked)

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 4.2 of 54.2
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The Sand Pebbles

 (1966)

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

1926 China. Engineer Jake Holman is transferred to the USS San Pablo, a gunboat patrolling the troubled waters of the Yangtze River. As Chinese factions battle around them, the crew has one singular mission: to protect American interests in the region... without provoking an international incident. But as hostility over the U.S. presence in the river intensifies, Holman and his sole ally know their latest assignment - to save a U.S. missionary - could be their last!

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

Starring: Steve McQueen (I), Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna, Candice Bergen, Marayat Andriane, Mako
Director: Robert Wise

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The Sand Pebbles Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Sand Pebbles sets sail on Blu-ray in yet another high quality MPEG-2, 1080p, 2.35:1 transfer from Fox. With this release as well as Patton and The Longest Day, 20th Century Fox has shown they mean business when it comes to their classics (I cannot wait to see what they do with another Robert Wise classic, The Sound of Music). The Sand Pebbles has that old-fashioned look and feel of cinema yore, and the Blu-ray edition replicates the look of the film marvelously. The print itself is in exceptional condition, virtually free of blemishes, splotches, or other forms of damage. The transfer retains the film grain inherent to the original, and it adds a fine cinematic quality to an already impressive looking film. Black levels are solid, deep, and true (see chapter 15). Flesh tones are equally accurate and impressive. There is nice detail to be seen, notably in the ship's engine room. There is not a lot in there, but the wear and tear on the machinery and the authenticity of its appearance is brought up in all its glory here, truly a wonder to look at, as are the rest of the interior shots of the boat. It looks as if you could be on a tour of the ship and get up close and personal with just about anything the camera focuses on. This Blu-ray also brings out the film's colors nicely. The blues of both the water and the eyes of two of the primary cast members (McQueen and Crenna) and the whites of the uniforms are the primary colors, both standing out and perfectly balanced and replicated. All things considered, the transfer here is a remarkable one, the only major fault being on my end that I could not enjoy the film on an appropriately large screen.


The Sand Pebbles Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Sand Pebbles debuts in Blu-ray high definition with Fox's usual DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless audio soundtrack. Much like Patton, a noticeable hiss accompanies much of the soundtrack. The film's legendary score by the late composer Jerry Goldsmith sounds fantastic. It's a bit too loud at the film's open, but its majesty and grace fills the room beautifully afterwards, reason enough to warrant a listen and a screening of this movie. The score itself is seemingly a character in the film, conveying every emotion, from fear to anger to joy, just as much as the characters themselves, the words they speak, and the expressions they provide. As Holman looks over his engine room for the first time, the engine noises play in the background ever so slightly, and the movie's score rises to the occasion and improves on one of the most memorable scenes in the movie. Ambience is wonderful, and the track effortlessly fills the room with the subtlest of nuances as well as the loudest of screams and cheers, the ship's alarm recalling the crew to the ship, and the action, all with a remarkably natural feel. Dialogue is great; the chant of "Holman come down!" during one of the most tense sequences in the movie is reproduced here to chilling effect, the sense of anger, fear, and frustration couldn't be more palpable. The film's climactic battle sounds fantastic; the repeated bangs of a Browning Automatic Rifle, the pounding of the San Pablo's main gun, the reverberations of shots are heard in the rears, ricochets clank off surfaces and find their way into various speakers around the listening area, and the mayhem of the moment is captured to perfection on this track. This is yet another fine effort from Fox.


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