High Fidelity (2000) 
Blu-ray Romantic Comedy
Written by Noah Fleming   
Friday, 10 August 2012

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“High Fidelity” is a classic for John Cusack fans.  It embodies all of that 80’s nostalgia plus humor to go with it.

Video: 3.5/5

Well, not as bad as “Grosse Pointe Blank,” but still lacking in areas.  This film comes to Blu-ray with the appropriately listed this time, 1.85:1 aspect ratio.  While not as inconsistent as the aforementioned title, this video transfer still suffers from lack of contrast coherency along with the brightness levels.  Black levels are not as revealing as they should be.  Close up shots are terrific for the most part, though some artifacting does creep in.  The more establishing shots present the biggest problems for this transfer.  The texture and details of those shots are lost primarily due to clumpy grain.  The image overall as been scrubbed a little too much.  The colors are decent but lack punch and consistency.  Edge enhancement is thankfully kept to a minimum, well in comparison to “Grosse Pointe Blank.”  Still, this transfer is lacking the worthy title of “DVD upgrade” classification.  Again, fans will accept it, but videophiles are sure to scream.  Disney is dropping the ball lately with the catalog titles, going straight for an aged transfer instead of a new HD transfer.  This certainly doesn’t look like it was a film released in the year 2000.

Audio: 3.5/5

Once again the audio provided by the lossless track is quite pleasing.  The dialogue is clean, though it doesn’t break through as clearly as other films of its age.  The LFE channel is not really a factor in this film.  The bass of the music is primarily main bandwidth.  The frequency range is good as is dynamic range.  The rear speaker activity is limited primarily to music bleed.  “High Fidelity” brings some classic tracks to the home theater environment.  Don’t expect any immersion or enveloping factor with this track, but enjoy it for the nicely rendered music.

Special Features: 1.5/5

This disc contains a bit more than the rest of the batch released on this date by Disney.  There are some deleted scenes as well as conversation snippets with John Cusack and director Stephen Frears.  A trailer is also present.

Studio Touchstone Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating R
Starring John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joan Cusack, Tim Robbins, Joelie Carter
Director Stephen Frears
Film Release Year 2000
Release Year 2012
Resolution(s) 1080p (main feature) • 480i (supplements)
Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Running Time 1 hr. 54 mins.
Sound Formats English DTS-HD Master 5.1 • French Dolby Digital 5.1 • Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English SDH • French • Spanish
Special Features Conversations with John Cusack; Conversations with Stephen Frears; Deleted Scenes; Trailer
Forum Link http://www.avrev.com/forum
Reviewer Noah Fleming

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