Ralph Potts evaluations the Ultra HD Blu-ray debut of this western that tells the story of a feminine gunfighter that returns to a frontier city the place a dueling event is being held, which she enters in an effort to avenge her father’s dying.
The Review at a Look:
(max rating: 5 )
Audio/UHD Video complete score:
( Max rating: 100 )
Studio and Yr: Sony Footage – 1995
MPAA Score: R
Function operating time: 105 minutes
Disc Format: BD-66
Video Facet: 1.85:1
Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1, English/French DTS-HD 5.1 Grasp Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:English, English SDH, French, Spanish
“Think You’re Quick Enough?”
I reviewed The Quick and the Dead’s 2009 Blu-ray launch, and have included my feedback from that evaluate right here. The score for the movie will probably be the similar. New feedback and scores for the further bonus content material, Ultra HD video and Dolby Atmos combine are under.
On this edgy and darkly humorous Western, a mysterious younger lady rides into the lawless city of Redemption to settle an previous rating that has haunted her since she was a toddler. She turns into swept up in a lethal quick-draw event and, so as to win her revenge, should compete in a contest by which gunslingers from throughout put their lives on the line for fame and fortune.
I’ve owned The Quick and the Dead on house video for years and have seen it a number of occasions. It’s a movie that I understand isn’t notably good however has all the time been a responsible pleasure of mine. It was the very subsequent disc I popped in for assessment after reviewing Silverado. Whereas it doesn’t essentially examine I nonetheless discover it to be enjoyable, senseless leisure that I discover entertaining. I’ve all the time been drawn to the David versus Goliath premise and once you add in the retribution issue that heightens curiosity all the extra. I do know that that is removed from being a brand new cinematic idea and the screenplay is just a little tacky however certainly one of the issues I discover most alluring about this movie is the forged.
I’m an enormous Gene Hackman fan (“if you live to see the dawn it’s because I allow it”!) and whereas that is removed from one in every of his greatest he nonetheless pulls it off with credibility and class. The supporting forged is loaded with acquainted faces, a few of whom have been in lots of basic westerns. Woody Strode and Pat Hingle are Hollywood veterans which are proper at house portraying characters in the western style. Keith David and Lance Henriksen are two of my favourite character actors and have small however memorable roles right here. The much less dominant characters portrayed by Actors Kevin Conway, Tobin Bell, and Mark Boone Junior all made viable additions to the movie’s darkish theme. Recent from his excellent efficiency in Forrest Gump, Gary Sinese had a small cameo position that sadly wasn’t a lot of an element.
I all the time discover it fascinating to see actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe (who lately labored collectively in Physique of lies) in roles they performed earlier than attaining star standing. Each males have develop into large field workplace attracts since however, again in 1994 once they started capturing this movie I’m positive that neither had any concept of what the future held. Dicaprio had truly gotten an Oscar nomination for his position in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”. This movie’s most dramatic scene concerned him and he pulled it off fairly nicely. Crowe’s type stays just about the similar right now because it was then when enjoying comparable varieties. That isn’t a criticism as a result of he has definitely confirmed himself to be versatile. For my part the weak hyperlink in the chain was feminine lead and producer Sharon Stone. Her typically corny dialogue, stoic supply and good make-up made for a lower than plausible characterization of this tortured and tormented lady who desperately seeks to avenge the dying of her father.
The ending is a bit corny and contrived however, that’s okay with me as a result of the build-up (though predicable) works thanks largely to Sam Raimi’s path and Hackman’s despicable John Herod. I like how the contest performs out, the battle between “The Kid” (Dicaprio) and Herod, The historical past between Herod and Cort (Crowe), and Herod’s steely demeanor, bigger than life stature and the inevitability of what’s to return. The plot is straightforward and the storyline isn’t very fulfilling however, the movie’s smaller themes mix with its aforementioned robust factors to offer a couple of laughs, and a number of thrills that add as much as a mean however, entertaining western.
The score is for western violence.
AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = underneath 65
**My audio/video scores are based mostly upon a comparative made towards different excessive definition media/blu-ray disc.**
UHD Presentation: 84
(Every score is value four factors with a max of 5 per class)
Dolby Atmos Score: 90
(Every score is value four factors with a max of 5 per class)
The Quick and the Dead involves Ultra HD Blu-ray from Sony Footage Residence Leisure that includes 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound.
In response to the press documentation Sony remastered The Quick and the Dead from the unique 35mm movie parts, and Its presentation in Ultra HD seems to be derived from the 4K Digital Intermediate.
It’s essential to notice that the final objective for any launch on house video is to current a movie in the highest attainable high quality based mostly upon its unique parts. A movie like The Quick and the Dead has an aesthetic that comes with movie grain and the use of optics that gained’t end in the sort of excessive gloss, tack-like sharpness of a movie shot utilizing digital cameras. This isn’t an issue and shouldn’t be seen as such.
That is interval movie that makes use of quite a lot of visuals to convey its time-frame, temper, and thematic tone. The cinematography makes use of lighting schemes, shadows and low-lit environs, that may impart a darkish visible aesthetic. That is purposeful and comes throughout on this rendering. Taking a look at the movie’s opening sequence the enchancment in depth and definition is noticeable, particularly throughout the many sunshine splashed daytime scenes that happen in Redemption. I might detect finer particulars current throughout interiors photographs comparable to these in the saloon, The Child’s retailer and in Herod’s home. There are a number of nighttime exterior photographs which didn’t supply a marked enchancment in dimension, however rendering was effective. Grain is preserved, showing primarily natural with occasional situations the place it takes on heavier emphasis. The colour vary in the movie is slender, with solely the occasional use of main colours like purple and blue showing onscreen.
I discovered the presentation to be very tame when it comes to its use of dynamic highlights, each brilliant and darkish, nevertheless a few of that’s owed to the nature of the images. With the exception of the Day of the Dead night celebration, the picture didn’t make any visually compelling use of interstitial black ranges offset by vivid shiny parts. Normally, the picture seemed high-quality however, not essentially subsequent degree. I consider that what we’re seeing is a trustworthy rendering of the movie’s parts, which when all is claimed and executed, is all we will ask for. The query now turns into, is the Ultra HD model value contemplating over the Blu-ray?
I might say that for those who’re a fan and really need to personal The Quick and the Dead in its best type, the reply is, sure. For those who’re proud of the Blu-ray and are hoping for a revelatory distinction, the UHD rendering might disappoint you.
In listening to the Dolby Atmos immersive encompass combine I discovered it to be of the lively selection that makes regular use of the platform. Its use of audio objects positioned above is a mixture of atmospherics, music and discrete sound results. That is finished very properly and creates a tangible degree of immersion that coincides with the onscreen occasions properly, particularly when issues ramp up throughout the event/western struggle sequences. The music rating performs an integral position in the movie’s soundtrack and it’s given a place of prominence in the new Atmos combine. Throughout the huge set piece in the finale every part comes collectively as close to area objects, and multi-dimensional atmosphere locations you inside the scene (actually) as sounds rotate and revolve round the soundstage from each above and at ear degree. Whereas this isn’t what I might regard as an aggressive immersive combine, I loved the stability of environment mixed with discrete object placement. I feel that it complimented the supply materials and made for an involving listening expertise.
For these not conversant in the particulars relating to Ultra HD Blu-ray you’ll be able to seek advice from my article that features some pertinent knowledge on the topic. Right here is the hyperlink:
Ultra HD Blu-ray Has Come to AVS Discussion board Blu-ray Evaluations
- Disc 1: The Quick and the Dead Ultra HD Blu-ray
- Disc 2: The Quick and the Dead Blu-ray
- NEW 7 By no means-Earlier than-Seen Deleted Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer
The Quick and the Dead doesn’t fall into the class of a basic western however, I discover it to be pleasurable, senseless leisure that options loads of western motion that’s constructed round a multi-faceted forged. It’s making its debut on Ultra HD Blu-ray from Sony Footage Residence Leisure on this Ultra HD Combo Pack that features newly restored video, beforehand unreleased bonus materials and Dolby Atmos sound. In the event you’re arrange for Ultra HD Blu-ray and don’t already personal the 2009 Blu-ray launch (included right here) this providing is a wonderful selection.
In case you already personal the Blu-ray launch, the choice to improve will depend upon how necessary the enchancment in video high quality, plus the new Dolby Atmos combine, is to you. For me, watching The Quick and the Dead in Ultra HD is the solely approach that I’ll watch it going ahead. If you wish to take your cue from that, then you will have your reply.
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