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The War at Home Blu-ray

United States
Mill Creek Entertainment | 1996 | 123 min | Rated R | Jun 13, 2011

The War at Home (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.31:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles
None

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

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Region A, B (C untested)

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Video 3.2 of 53.2
Audio 3.2 of 53.2
Extras 0.0 of 50.0
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The War at Home

 (1996)

The War at Home Blu-ray offers decent video and mediocre audio in this still overall recommended Blu-ray release

On Thanksgiving Day, a Vietnam veteran haunted by memories of bloody combat confronts reminders of the man he used to be and the family that no longer knows him.

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

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen, Kathy Bates, Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Director: Emilio Estevez

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The War at Home Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

The cinematographer of The War at Home was Peter Levy, who had recently completed John Woo's Broken Arrow. If you've seen a lot of character-heavy dramas adapted from plays, you can appreciate how much effort Levy and Estevez invested to ensure that the camerawork never felt like it was recording performances on a stage. Camera position, framing and movement seem to have been more their concern than obtaining striking imagery. Particularly impressive is their use of in-camera transitions and judicious edits to achieve the Vietnam flashback sequences; a contemporary production probably wouldn't be able to resist doing something flashier and computer-aided.

The 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray falls in the middle range of transfers I've seen from Mill Creek, which means that it's adequate but nothing to get excited about. Having never seen the film theatrically, I can't offer any opinion on whether the flat, somewhat dull image is representative of the film's original look. Detail is certainly very good, if one examines the frame closely, with a natural-looking field of grain and no indication of any high-frequency filtering. Black levels appear somewhat attenuated, except in a few night scenes (especially flashbacks), and contrast often appears weak, but I suspect these are features of the original photography, such that any attempt to enhance them now in the transfer process would likely result in ringing, loss of detail or other undesirable side effects. As usual, Mill Creek has included no extras, which has made it easy to accommodate the film on a BD-25 without compression artifacts. The source material is reasonably well preserved, with only stray speckles and minor print damage.


The War at Home Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

The soundtrack is presented as DTS-HD MA 2.0. Although the film was made and released in 1996 (and the Dolby Digital logo appears in the end credits), IMDb indicates that the original sound format was stereo, which would be consistent with the limited budget. In any case, except for the brief Vietnam sequences, there isn't anything in the film that would benefit substantially from a discrete 5.1 track, and in this presentation the Vietnam scenes achieve their sonic impact because of the strong contrast with the remainder of the film. The essential component of the soundtrack is screenwriter James Duff's intense, expressive dialogue, which is relieved at key moments with appropriately chosen, period-specific songs, primarily by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Additional, mournful underscoring has been suppied by the late Basil Poledouris (the original Conan the Barbarian, Robocop, The Hunt for Red October).



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