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Blu-ray Reviews: Falling Down

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Last updated 12 June 2011

Falling Down
1993 - Warner Bros Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd
Director: Joel Schumacher
Starring: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Tuesday Weld, Rachel Ticotin, Frederic Forrest, Lois Smith and Raymond J. Barry

Movie: Picture: TBA Sound: TBA Extras:

No printed review.

Running time: 113 minutes
Picture: 2.40:1, 1080p24, VC1 @ 20.10Mbps
Sound: English: Dolby TrueHD 16/48 2/0.0 @ 659kbps (embedded Dolby Digital 2/0.0 @ 192kbps); English, French (Quebec), French, Italian, Spanish (Castellano), Spanish (Espanol), Portuguese, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2/0.0 @ 192kbps
Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired, French, Italian, Italian for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish (Castellano), Dutch, Spanish (Espanol), Portuguese (Brazilian), Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Japanese
Extras: Featurette: 'Deconstructing D-Fens: A Conversation with Michael Douglas' (480i60, VC1, DPL2.0 @ 192kbps - 10 mins); Trailer (480i60, VC1, DPL2.0 @ 192kbps - 3 mins)
Restrictions: Rated (Australian rating); Region Free

The following video bitrate graph was generated by BDInfo 0.5.2:

Comparison: Blu-ray vs PAL DVD

Here are some comparisons between the Australian DVD and the Australia Blu-ray version of this movie. The Blu-ray was supplied to me by Warner Bros. I purchased the DVD some years ago.

At the top of each is the full frame (suitably shrunk down) used in the comparison, with a 250 pixel wide detail from the frame underneath. The left side is from the PAL DVD. The image was captured digitally from the disc, scaled up from its native 720 by 576 pixel resolution to 1,024 by 576 (to present in the correct aspect ratio) by the application. I then scaled it, in order for it to be comparable to the Blu-ray version, to 1,920 by 1,080 pixels.

The detail is from that last scaled version, and has not been rescaled again. The right side is from the Australian Blu-ray. This has not been scaled at all. Different applications were used to capture the two frames, so some caution should be exercised in judging colour and brightness.

For visitors from NTSC lands, generally the PAL DVD is just a touch sharper than the NTSC DVD.

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