The Color Purple (Blu-ray)
Up until Steven Spielberg produced and directed this film, he was more known for "popular" cinematic titles such as Jaws, Indiana Jones< and E.T and he hadn't had to deal with meaty subjects such as rape, incest, and woman's rights. Ultimately the film received 11 Academy Award nominations (winning none) and Spielberg proved he was up for the challenge and went on to become one of the best director's of his generation.
- AVC/1080p encode on a BD-50 disc
- Detail wavers from scene to scene
- Lifelike color palette
- Close-ups are very detailed
- Veil of film grain
- DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack
- Front-loaded presentation
- Suitable ambience from the rear speakers
- Intelligible dialog
- Engaging score
For the most part, the video encode is very good although there are a few scenes that appear somewhat flat and lifeless in the first act. The audio presentation conveys the story but doesn't possess any demo-worthy moments.
Bonus Materials br>
- Digibook packaging (44 pages)
- Three behind-the-scenes featurettes
- "The Color Purple: The Musical"
- Two photo galleries
If you're in the mood for a lighthearted drama, this isn't the film to watch. It's deals with uncomfortable situations such as rape, incest, and spousal abuse but the payoff in the end is worth the angst you'll feel in the first two acts. The presentation is quite good and the 44-page book contains lots of information about the historical significance of the film. Recommended for fans.
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Oppo BDP-93 Blu-ray player
JVC DLA-RS40 projector
Stewart FireHawk screen (76.5" wide, 16:9)
Integra DTC-80.2 pre/pro
Anthem PVA-7 power amplifier
Belkin PVA-PF60 power conditioner
M&K S-150s (L, C, R)
M&K SS-150s (LS, RS, SBL, SBR)
SVS PC-Ultra subwoofer
Monoprice HDMI cables (source to pre/pro)
Best Deal analog-audio cables
PureLink HDC Fiber Optic HDMI Cable System (15 meters) from pre/pro to projector
Acoustical treatments from GIK Acoustics