Noah (2014) (Blu-ray)
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Mervin, South Africa. 12 September 2014
Picture Quality: Noah floats onto Blu-ray with a top-end 1080p, 1.85:1-framed transfer. The digital production nearly passes for film. It's very detailed and not particularly flat. It captures the fairly gritty, mostly gray and bleak backdrops beautifully. Details are so exacting as to be borderline startling at times. Clothing details are immaculate, down to the smallest fray, the largest stitch, and the finest fabric texture. Likewise, human skin and hair are precisely displayed, revealing the finest lines, dirt, and sweat with remarkable clarity. Image depth is rather good for digital as well, and the frame is sharp and satisfying close and far, near and wide alike. The film isn't at all what one would describe as "abundantly colorful." Beyond flesh and natural greenery, there's precious little vibrancy. Much of the film is made of bleak terrain, gray rocks, and wood. That natural greenery truly sparkles when it has the opportunity to do so, but nowhere else is there much of note. Still, the finest transitions and color details, limited in range as they may be, are faultlessly displayed in every scene. Blacks are deep and pure, never crushing details and never brightening up. Likewise, flesh tones never appear to betray real life, whether under the sun or darkened by cloud and rain. Nowhere does the image suffer from any noticeable banding, blockiness, or noise. In short, this is beautiful, borderline miraculous presentation from Paramount and one of the finest the format has yet seen.
Audio Quality: Noah's DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless soundtrack delivers. Musical delivery is expectedly big and sweeping, engulfing the listening area with a flood of beautifully orchestrated and placed sound that features rich clarity and accuracy from every corner of the stage. Low end support is healthy and full, both in music and sound effect. The track frequently transports listeners into the film with a deluge of beautifully balanced and light atmospherics prior to the flood, including light blowing wind and rustling grasses. The torrent of rain saturates the stage with remarkable effectiveness later in the picture, while crashing waves and minor creaks heard from within the vessel are equally impressive and immersive. Dialogue is balanced and clear, firmly delivered from the center whether whisper or shout. A quality light reverberating effect is heard within Methuselah's cave in chapter six. Overall, a powerful yet balanced and full presentation from Paramount.
Bridgitte, South Africa. 17 February 2015
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