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The War Room Blu-ray

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The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1993 | 96 min | Rated PG | Mar 20, 2012

The War Room (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH

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

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Region A (locked)

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The War Room

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The War Room Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

The War Room takes us inside Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. Director D.A. Pennebaker provides an up-close view of the two principals: campaign managers James Carville and George Stephanopoulos as they try to stay on top of the exploding maelstrom of events--from scandalous, personal smear tactics to the rise of quixotic spoiler Ross Perot.

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

Starring: Bill Clinton, James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Beckel, Paul Begala, Michael Donnilon
Directors: D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus

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The War Room Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker's The War Room arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"Approved by filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker and producer Frazer Pennebaker, this new high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit 2K Datacine from the original 16mm camera negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, and warps were manually removed using MTI's DRS, while Image Systems' Phoenix was used for grain, noise reduction, jitter, and flicker.

Telecine supervisor: Chris Hegedus.
Colorist: Joe Gawler/Deluxe New York; Lee Kline/Criterion, New York.
Editing and conform: Gabriel Chavez/Criterion, New York."

Aside from some tiny flecks occasionally popping up here and there, the high-definition transfer is virtually flawless. Detail and depth are excellent, clarity very pleasing, and color reproduction good. Obviously, there are some resolution limitations with the archival footage from the news networks (see screencapture #7), as well as the bits with Ross Perot, but the original footage is indeed as good as 16mm footage can possibly look in high-definition (see screencaptures #6 and 15). There are no serious stability issues to report in this review either. Additionally, there isn't even a whiff of edge flicker or, during the darker sequences, macroblocking. Grain is also well resolved and evenly distributed throughout the entire film. All in all, the Blu-ray release represents a substantial upgrade in quality over the old R1 DVD release of the film, which Lionsgate produced back in 1998. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


The War Room Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"The soundtrack was remastered at 24-bit from the original 35mm magnetic audio tracks. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated workstation."

Predictably, the English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track has a fairly limited dynamic amplitude. Clarity and depth, however, are excellent. Unsurprisingly, the briefings, speeches, and debates are very easy to follow. For the record, there are no sync issues or problematic audio dropouts to report in this review.



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