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Blu-ray Reviews: Animal Kingdom

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Last updated 12 December 2010

Animal Kingdom
2010 - Madman Entertainment Pty Ltd
Director: David Mich˘d
Starring: Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, Luke Ford, Jacki Weaver, Sullivan Stapleton, James Frecheville and Anthony Hayes

Movie: Picture: Sound: Extras:

No review as yet.

Running time: 108 minutes
Picture: 2.35:1, 1080p24, MPEG4 AVC @ 25.32Mbps
Sound: English: LPCM 24/48 3/2.1 @ 6912kbps; English, 2 x Commentary: LPCM 16/48 2/0.0 @ 1536kbps
Subtitles: English
Extras: Documentary (1080p24, MPEG4 AVC, LPCM 16/48 2.0 @ 1536kbps - 71 mins); Interview: Crime Writer Tom Noble (720p24*, MPEG4 AVC, LPCM 16/48 2.0 @ 1536kbps - 27 mins); Short Film: 'Crosbow' by David Michod (720p24*, MPEG4 AVC, LPCM 16/48 2.0 @ 1536kbps - 15 mins); Poster and Art Gallery (19 stills, and then one animated poster assembly - 1080p24*, MPEG4 AVC, no audio); Theatrical Trailer (1080p24, MPEG4 AVC, LPCM 16/48 5.1 @ 4608kbps - 2 mins); Teaser Trailer (720p24*, MPEG4 AVC, LPCM 16/48 2.0 @ 1536kbps - 1 min)
Restrictions: Rated (Australian rating); Region free

The following video bitrate graph was generated by BDInfo 0.5.6:

Comparison: Blu-ray vs PAL DVD

Here are some comparisons between the Australian PAL DVD and the Australia Blu-ray version of this movie. Both the Blu-ray and DVD were supplied to me by Madman Entertainment Pty Ltd.

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.

Not the sharpest Blu-ray ever made, due it seems to the film stock used. The Blu-ray seems to capture the film very naturally, though:

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