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When A Stranger Calls Blu-ray

United States
Mill Creek Entertainment | 1979 | 97 min | Rated R | No Release Date

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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (22.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

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

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When A Stranger Calls

 (1979)

When A Stranger Calls Blu-ray offers solid video and decent audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

Jill Johnson, a babysitter terrorized through phone calls by a psychopath 7 years ago, gains the help of a dedicated detective to find the killer once and for all when he returns.

For more about When A Stranger Calls and the When A Stranger Calls Blu-ray release, see When A Stranger Calls Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Colleen Dewhurst
Director: Fred Walton (II)

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When A Stranger Calls Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

When a Stranger Calls was one of the earliest films shot by Don Peterman, who would go on to Oscar nominations for his lensing of Flashdance and Star Trek IV, in addition to memorable work that includes Point Break and Men in Black. Peterman's work on Stranger probably wouldn't make his demo reel, but it's nothing to be ashamed of, given the limited budget.

Mill Creek's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray of Stranger is the kind of presentation that sometimes prompts younger fans to reach for terms like "DVD upconvert", because the image is soft and fairly grainy. An upconverted DVD would not have nearly this much fine detail (and I've seen my share), and in fact the Blu-ray's image is consistent with a low-budget film production from the late Seventies, especially one often shot in low illumination. (No one complained about "grain" in those days.) I'm not saying that Stranger couldn't look better, because scanning technology is always improving, but what's here looks quite good, with no obvious attempts to filter out the fine detail or reduce the grain, no indication of artificial sharpening, and the drab color scheme that was typical of the era's filmmaking on the cheap. Perhaps the most important quality for Stranger's image is the blacks, which the Blu-ray gets right, because so many key scenes take place at night and rely on shadow and concealment.

Compression artifacts were not an issue, as they sometimes are on the Mill Creek double-feature discs.


When A Stranger Calls Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

When a Stranger Calls's original mono track is presented here as DTS-HD MA 2.0, and it's a simple, effective track with acceptable, but not exceptional, dynamic range. The dialogue is clear, and the score by prolific TV composer Dana Kaproff does the job one expects music to do in a thriller. Otherwise the track is unremarkable.


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