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Video: How Does the Disc Look?
Shot on 16mm, Beasts of the Southern Wild looks wonderful on this 1.85:1 1080p transfer. There may not be quite as much detail quality as viewers are used to, but that's wholly due to the production values of the film and no misstep on the part of this BD (16mm has a wonderful glow to it - which this presentation preserves appropriately - but it's not all that sharp-looking). Color quality is marvelous, though, with deep hues and more delicate tones balanced perfectly, and black levels start inky and strong and stay that way throughout. Digital artifacting is kept to a minimum, as well, and edge enhancement isn't an issue.
Audio: How Does the Disc Sound?
This is a particularly aggressive DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound mix, with clear, audible dialogue and deep, forceful usage of atmospherics and music countering each other really well. Surrounds get a solid workout, to boot, and high- and low-ends are represented faithfully. Utilizing every inch of the lossless potential on this Blu-ray release, it's hard to think that Beasts of the Southern Wild could sound significantly better than this.
A Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 sound mix is included, as are English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles.