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A History of Violence on Blu-Ray

Published February 24, 2009 in DVD News
By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
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The Blu Ray of A History of Violence looks unusually rough. It’s a very recent movie yet it looks like the system is struggling to upconvert an older title. There’s an odd sense of blur to the images. Not that anything is blurry, but lines and edges are fuzzy, so the whole thing looks like it was shot in the ‘80s and stayed there. Nothing is crisp like it should be.

On Blu-Ray: A History of Violence


There are some okay colors, like the baseball uniforms and Maria Bello’s little cheerleader outfit, even some flannel patterns. Not like super popping eye busting colors though. The violence doesn’t even shine out like it did in the theaters. It looks like paint, like they really messed up the color timing. And dark scenes don’t look like magnificent demonstrations of Blu Ray’s subtle lighting detail. They’re just dark.

I was so disillusioned with this Blu Ray I had to pop in my standard DVD just to be sure. Sure enough, it’s only slightly worse. You can get the same effect of slight color with solid enough images with a DVD. Oh well, there has to be one like this every now and then or you’d think I just love everything.



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