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The Specialist Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1994 | 110 min | Rated R | Aug 16, 2011

The Specialist (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (17.94 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
German: Dolby Digital 5.1
Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0
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Note: Both Castillian and Spani...

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English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German SDH, Danish, Dutch, Finnish… (more)

Discs
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Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 3.9 of 53.9
Extras 1.0 of 51.0
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The Specialist

 (1994)

The Specialist Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

Set in Miami, an explosives expert helps a seductive beauty avenge the murder of her parents, teaming up against a formidable trio of villains: a powerful Cuban crime boss, his son, and their merciless hit man.

For more about The Specialist and the The Specialist Blu-ray release, see the The Specialist Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Director: Luis Llosa
Writer: Alexandra Seros
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods, Rod Steiger, Eric Roberts (I), Mario Ernesto Sánchez

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The Specialist Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Jeffrey Kimball shot The Specialist, and Stallone must have liked working with him, because he hired Kimball fifteen years later to shoot The Expendables. The 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray nicely reproduces Kimball's signature glossy, saturated style, while also capturing some of the variations that The Specialist requires for scenes featuring such elements as heavy smoke in the aftermath of explosions, or Miami pastels (e.g., at the party thrown by the Leon family early in the film), or the dark shadows inside a large church where several key scenes occur, or the varying light levels inside Ray's workshop. Black levels are excellent, shadow detail is strong, and I saw no indication of digital filtering or compression-related artifacts.


The Specialist Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The film's original 5.1 track is presented in DTS lossless. This was an early discrete 5.1 mix, and because of the nature of the action, the part of the system the sound designers chose to explore was the ".1". This becomes evident in the opening Bogota sequence, as Ray and Trent approach a bridge over a dam, and the thunder of the water grows louder as they draw closer. And then, of course, there are the explosions. Given the nature of the action, there is relatively little in the way of notable rear channel activity, but sounds are often spread (and occasionally panned) between left and right. Again, it's as if the sound designers were exploring a brave new world.

If you're familiar with John Barry's score on the soundtrack album, as I am, hearing it again in the film mix is a reminder of how carefully Barry wrote to the mood of the imagery onscreen -- and how elegantly the sound mixers interwove his music with the effects and dialogue to arrive at the final result. It's an excellent track.


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