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Blu-ray Reviews: Y tu mamá también

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Last updated 15 June 2010

Y tu mamá también
2001 - Icon Film Distribution Pty Ltd
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Starring: Ana López Mercado, Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal

Movie: 4 Picture: TBA Sound: TBA Extras: 3.5

No review as yet.

Running time: 106 minutes
Picture: 1.86:1, 1080p24*, MPEG4 AVC @ 29.83Mbps
Sound: Spanish (Labelled English): DTS-HD Master Audio 16/48 3/2.1 @ 1908kbps (core: DTS 24/48 3/2.1 @ 1509kbps)
Subtitles: English (No subtitle menu, but can switch off subtitles using remote control key)
Extras: Short film: 'You Owe Me One' (576i50, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 12 mins); Alternate ending: 'No One 17 and Under Admitted' (576i50, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 3 mins); Featurette (576i50, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 23 mins); Short animation: 'Colour Bars' (576i50, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 30 secs); 2 Trailers (576i50, MPEG2, DD2.0 @ 192kbps - 4 mins); Cast and Crew information
Restrictions: Rated R (Australian rating); Region Free

The following video bitrate graph was generated by BDInfo 0.5.3:

Y tu mamá también video bitrate graph

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 were supplied to me by Icon Film Distribution.

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.

I am not going to make specific remarks about the following, because they are very consistent. In short, there isn't a whole lot of difference between the two. The reason for this is the fairly soft, very naturalistic cinematography, which appears to have been captured by the Blu-ray, and almost completely captured by the DVD as well. In fact, in the balance between sharpness and detail on the one hand, and smoothness and reality on the other, the DVD for this movie comes very close to the best possible compromise.

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