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The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey: BD Review

Apr 25th, 2013

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Video: How Does the Disc Look?

The argument over The Hobbit’s shooting style should keep on for a while, yet even though I’m a hater of the format, I must admit that this 2.40:1 1080p presentation of the movie makes it look nearly identical to the way it appeared in cinemas. Free of compression artifacts and instances of aliasing and banding, The Hobbit comes to high-def with bursting-at-the-seams color quality, deep and consistent black levels, and detail quality that (all b.s. aside) might just be too perfect. It’s pretty much a reference-quality representation of a movie that is shot pretty darned poorly.

Audio: How Does the Disc Sound?

Here I can’t hold any grudges: the DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound mix on this disc is as good as they get. Balancing the delicate timbre of dialogue with the chomping and churning of mountains coming to life, The Hobbit’s soundscape is completely assured here. Surrounds are constantly at work, fidelity is marvelously panoramic and immersive, high- and low-ends have resolute punch: a class act all the way around.

A Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 track is included, as are English SDH and Spanish subtitles.

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