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The Sting Blu-ray

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DigiBook / Universal 100th Anniversary | Collector's Edition / Blu-ray + DVD Universal Studios | 1973 | 129 min | Rated PG | Jun 05, 2012

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

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: DTS Mono

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
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DVD copy
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Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 4.4 of 54.4
Extras 3.1 of 53.1
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The Sting

 (1973)

The Sting Blu-ray offers solid video and superb audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

In 1930s Chicago, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.

For more about The Sting and the The Sting Blu-ray release, see the The Sting Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan
Director: George Roy Hill

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The Sting Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

The Sting is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Universal with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.85:1. While this catalog release will no doubt bring out the same cadres of Universal proponents and bashers in equal numbers that other 100th Anniversary releases have, it has to be stated that at least some of the "issues" (if that's even the right word) with The Sting have plagued previous home video releases and simply are repeated here. We'll address the usual Universal bugaboo of DNR in a moment, but what may actually be more noticeable to persnickety videophiles is this transfer's rather apparent softness, something that has also hampered this film's previous iterations on either standard DVD or HD-DVD. Some framings seem positively if very temporarily and slightly out of focus at times, and often times the far edges of the frame are strangely blurred as well. In comparing this release to the Legacy Edition DVD, these same anomalies are on the DVD release, and the Blu-ray either improves or exacerbates them, depending on what your particular reaction to inherent source element issues may be. There is also some minor artifacting that crops up along the way, notably quite a bit of shimmer and moiré on some of the cross-hatched suits the men wear (note Redford's tweedy jacket in the scene where he comes to collect Lonnegan's money on the train for a good example). On the plus side of things, there's an appreciable uptick in general clarity and sharpness (despite some occasional softness as mentioned above) and colors are especially impressive throughout this presentation. Though the film tends to work a palette exploiting mostly earth tones like brown and beige a lot of the time, some bright primaries like the red roses that Redford brings his putative girlfriend early in the film really pop magnificently and are quite vivid. In terms of DNR, Universal seems at least to be trying to respond to consumer complaints that it has been over aggressive in its denuding films of their inherent grain. This release treads a middle ground, where there's been some apparent noise reduction, but where fine grain structure is still noticeable. Will it please DNR-phobes? Probably not. But generally speaking this is a very solid looking transfer that may not have completely addressed some of the issues inherent in the source elements, but which is certainly the strongest this film has ever looked on home video.


The Sting Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

The Sting's lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio mix provides a fun and consistently immersive experience, and it's also surprisingly fulsome on the low end of things. The track has some really nice discrete channelization effects, and there's fine attention paid to various ambient environmental levels and effects. Listen for example to the sequence where Redford first meets Newman, entering the vast interior of the "funland" where the merry-go-round is housed. Voices and footsteps echo very realistically through the sound field and once the nearby elevated railway passes "outside," there's some very impressive LFE that pans quite convincingly from right to left as it rumbles by the actors. Dialogue is very cleanly and clearly presented and Marvin Hamlisch's Oscar winning adaptation of Scott Joplin tunes sounds fantastic. Fidelity is top notch and dynamic range is very wide.


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