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Perfect Stranger - Region B to Region A Blu-ray Disc comparison Blu-ray Review

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by AVForums Sep 5, 2007 at 12:00 AM

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    Perfect Stranger - Region B to Region A Blu-ray Disc comparison Blu-ray Review
    SRP: £24.99

    Picture

    The picture quality on the Reg. B disc is identical to the Reg. A pressing - again, here are my original thoughts...and this Reg. B platter is just as impressive.
    Presented in a theatrically correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio and coded at 1080P using the AVC MPEG4 codec, the picture quality on this Blu-ray disc is simply stunning. Near flawless in fact.

    Blacks are rock solid and video noise is non existent. Skin tones are spot on and the colour palette is immaculate.

    The source print is pristine throughout with not a mark or scratch to be seen. Though this should well be expected from such a recent film.

    The picture is razor sharp from beginning to end - just a pity the film doesn't match it.
    Perfect Stranger - Region B to Region A Blu-ray Disc comparison Picture

    Sound

    You may have got the idea now that this disc is more or less a straight port of the US disc released a little while ago - and you would not be wrong. However, the Reg. B version does feature an Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. The remaining tracks are just as good as the American release. Again - here's my original findings.
    Perfect Stranger comes with either a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack or an uncompressed PCM 5.1 track. The latter was my audio of choice and was fed from the 5.1 outputs of my Samsung BD player.

    I'm glad to report that the sound quality is right up there with the picture on this disc - reference quality.

    There are no explosions or gunshots to be had but dialogue is clear and precise and anchored to the centre channel. The surrounds are used to good effect in the city and office scenes to provide ambient effects and the occasional burst from the score.

    Not an “in your face” soundtrack - but a perfectly adequate one.
    Perfect Stranger - Region B to Region A Blu-ray Disc comparison Sound

    Extras

    Us Europeans are stuck with the same mediocre extras as our American cousins I'm afraid, so it's more back slapping and listening to the stars trying to convince us what a great film this actually is...
    With an upward curve for the picture and sound portions of this disc, we come diving straight back to Earth with the extras package.

    All that's on offer here is a making Of Documentary. Entitled virtual Lives, it's a 12 minute piece that may as well have been used for the trailer. Halle and Bruce go on about how great it was to work with each other and the surprising thing is, it actually appears that they believe they have made a work of art...and try and kid us that it's actually a film about the study of the mind. Oh well, not quite as funny as the film, but it had me going again. The good news is though is that it's presented in 1080P Hi Def.
    Pretty lame set of extras then that just carry on the un-intentional comedy theme of the main feature.
    Perfect Stranger - Region B to Region A Blu-ray Disc comparison Extras

    Verdict

    The Region A and B versions of this disc are identical in every way apart from 2 things - the packaging is slightly different and, somehow, our version has been passed with a 15 certificate. I had problems listening to some of the obscenities with my wife - if you do plan to watch this with a 15 year old, please be warned, the language in some parts of the movie is vile..
    Make no odds about it, Perfect Stranger is one of the worst films I have ever had the misfortune to sit through.

    Terrible, unconvincing acting to the point of both the leads appear to be totally miscast. If they saw the script before shooting began, they both need to have a serious rethink about which way their respective careers are going to go. But, to be honest, they can't really go much lower.

    A reference quality picture and soundtrack can't save it I'm afraid, but the overall mark will reflect the fact the studio has made the effort. Sony have not even tried to relieve the turmoil after watching the movie by including a decent set of extras. One 12 minute short that's just as bad as the feature.

    Bottom line - avoid.

    The Rundown

    Movie

    2

    Picture Quality

    8

    Sound Quality

    8

    Extras

    3

    Overall

    5

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