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Wizards Blu-ray

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DigiBook / 35th Anniversary Edition 20th Century Fox | 1977 | 81 min | Rated PG | Mar 13, 2012

Wizards (Blu-ray)
Large:


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
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
English: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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

Packaging
DigiBook

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Region A (locked)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.8 of 53.8
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 3.2 of 53.2
Based on 1 user review

Movie appeal

 
Sci-Fi100%
Animation85%
Fantasy52%
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Wizards

 (1977)

Wizards Blu-ray offers solid video and great audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

Avatar is the kindly, eccentric sorcerer-ruler of Montagar, a rainbow paradise inhabited by elves and fairies. Avatar's evil brother Blackwolf dominates Scortch, a bleak land of goblins and wraiths. When the power-hungry Blackwolf attacks Montagar, Avatar, accompanied only by a spirited young woman and a courageous elf, must enter the darkness of Scortch to save his world.

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

Starring: Bob Holt, Jesse Welles, Mark Hamill, Richard Romanus, David Proval, Jim Connell (I)
Director: Ralph Bakshi

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Wizards Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Warner Brothers released Bakshi's animated version of Lord of the Rings on Blu-ray in 2010, and if you've seen that film, you'll have some idea of what to expect from 20th Century Fox's treatment of Wizards. The fact is, Bakshi's films just don't have the fan base to financially support a meticulous frame-by-frame restoration, so unlike Disney films from the same era—which are miraculously revived in high definition—they're really going to show their age. This is certainly true for Wizards' 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer, based on a source print that's, nicked, scratched, and frequently salted and peppered with white and black specks. Aside from the print damage, though, which could've been fixed with enough time and money, most of the picture's visual peculiarities— what might unkindly be called defects—are actually problems with the original animation. The brightness of static images flickers on occasion, colors fluctuate within their cells, and foreground objects go unintentionally semi-transparent, allowing the backgrounds to be seen right through them. Some of the composite shots, mixing Nazi propaganda and animated characters, are also incredibly grainy and harsh. (There's an argument for Disney using DNR to clean up its films that goes something like this: Animation is essentially a pen, paint, and paper medium that's not inherently "filmic," so a true representation of the animator's craft would be to remove all grain from the image. But that's a discussion for another time.) Still, this Blu-ray, in all other respects, is an appreciable jump from the picture quality of the standard definition DVD. Outlines look sharper, edges are cleaner, and color is surprisingly vivid. Black levels are solid as well, and contrast looks tight. Since it's unlikely that Wizards will ever get a complete restorative overhaul, I'd say this release is definitely worth the upgrade.

Note: For those of you who imported the U.K. release of the film last year, put out by Eureka Entertainment, it looks to me like this U.S. version features the exact same transfer.


Wizards Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The only marked difference between this U.S. disc and the U.K. release from last year is that this one features a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, whereas the the British edition only arrived with a lossless stereo mix. Not that the difference is substantive. The soundfield has been opened up in only superficial ways. The music, for instance, is panned quietly into the rears, and occasionally the sound designers for this release have added a bit of reverb in the surround channels, giving some depth to effects that are otherwise located entirely up front. If you were expecting all-new whiz-bang cross-channel directionality, you may be disappointed. This is still very much a front-and-center kind of mix. But there's nothing wrong with that—it's not like the original theatrical release had a multi-channel presentation—and this track succeeds in offering a relatively clean, clear presentation of the film's audio. Some of the dialogue sounds slightly muffled and far away, and a few of the effects have a flat, lifeless quality, but there's really not much to complain about here. Obviously, considering when the film was made, bass response is noticeably lacking and the high-end sounds a little brittle and brash, but it is what is. Otherwise, Andrew Belling's synthesizer score sounds better than ever, and when Blackwolf rolls his armies into Montagar, the porn-y sounding proto-funk music kicks in nicely. The disc also includes an English and Spanish Dolby Digital mono tracks, along with optional English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles.

Also note that the U.S. release lacks the score-only audio track that was included on the British edition.



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