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Westworld Blu-ray

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Warner Bros. | 1973 | 89 min | Rated PG | Mar 05, 2013

Westworld (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (21.73 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital Mono
German: Dolby Digital Mono
Italian: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
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Video 3.4 of 53.4
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 3.1 of 53.1
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Westworld

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Westworld Blu-ray offers solid video and audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

An amusement park for rich vacationers, the park provides its customers a way to live out their fantasies through the use of robots that provide anything they want. Two of the vacationers choose a wild west adventure. However, after a computer breakdown, they find that they are now being stalked by a rogue robot gun-slinger.

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

Starring: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Norman Bartold, Alan Oppenheimer, Dick Van Patten
Director: Michael Crichton

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Westworld Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

A small controversy has arisen regarding Warner's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray as a result of screencap comparisons posted by another site between the Warner disc and one issued last year in region B by Aventi, which is darker, has less intense colors and reflects different geometry that applies a slight squeeze to the image, cropping the top and bottom in the process (but adding a slight amount at the right edge).

I don't have the Aventi Blu-ray, but I do have MGM's original DVD release of Westworld from 1998, which is now out of print. It reflects the same geometry shown on the Warner Blu-ray, but zooms the image slightly on all four sides, which was a common practice in the early days of DVD. (I have included two DVD screencaps, upscaled to 1080p, for comparison; they are at positions 6 and 28, immediately below their Blu-ray counterparts.) Having reviewed all three sets of images, and based on my own familiarity with the film, my conclusion is that the Warner Blu-ray reflects the accurate geometry and probably the most accurate framing.

With respect to color and contrast, the issue is harder to resolve. I have never considered DVD presentations to be a reliable guide, and neither the director nor the DP is alive to tell us their intent. Having watched the Warner disc, I can affirm that it features excellent black levels, natural-looking grain and strong colors from a palette that seems appropriate to Crichton's effort to make the "Westworld" resort resemble a theme park derived from a movie. The transfer's only observable flaws are a lack of fine detail in long shots (which is probably a source-based issue) and a layer of video noise that is readily observable in a handful of shots but then disappears when each problematic shot concludes. (I have already read at least one complaint about so-called "DNR". If true "DNR" had been applied, there'd be no video noise to see.)

In the absence of an authoritative sign-off, purchasers are free to choose the look that suits their taste—indeed, they're always free to make that choice (assuming, of course, that they have the hardware to play a disc locked for region B). I would simply point out that, according to the same site that posted the screenshot comparisons, Westworld runs almost four minutes shorter on the Aventi disc, for reasons that are nowhere explained. My own call is to go with the transfer where the technical crew appears to have gotten the basic geometry right. That's the Warner disc.


Westworld Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

According to IMDb, Westworld was released in the four-track stereo process that was later supplanted by Dolby Surround. If Warner had access to the original elements, it would certainly account for the richness and dynamic range of the Blu-ray's DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, which is astonishingly good for a film of this vintage. The sound effects editing on Westworld is frequently subpar, especially when the action switches into slow motion, but the score by Fred Karlin (The Sterile Cuckoo) sounds superb, with a clear sense of stereo separation and a wide dynamic range with a solid bottom end. Although there is little in the way of noteworthy surround activity, the mono surround channel provides an expansive sense of presence for the score. The dialogue remains firmly anchored to the front and is always clear.



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Warner Bros. has announced the Blu-ray release of writer/director Michael Crichton's Westworld, starring Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Alan Oppenheimer and Dick Van Patten. The 1973 sci-fi western saunters onto Blu-ray on March 5, 2013.


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