May 042014
 

Amistad is another well made film from Steven Spielberg and features several good performances including Morgan Freeman, Djimon Hounsou and Matthew McConaughey who reminds you he’s always had the dramatic acting chops… The Blu-ray released by Paramount has good video/audio transfers but the features are much to be desired.

 

 

 

Amistad
(1997)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Drama
Paramount | R – 155 min. – $22.98 | May 6, 2014

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Steven Spielberg
Writer(s): David Franzoni (written by)
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, David Paymer, Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgard

DISC INFO:
Features:
Featurette, Theatrical Trailer
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Disc Size: 46.4 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


PLOT SUMMARY

Based on a true story, Amistad chronicles the incredible journey of a group of enslaved Africans who overtake their captor’s ship and attempt to return to their homeland. When the ship, La Amistad, is seized, these captives are brought to the United States where they are charged with murder and await their fate in prison. An enthralling battle ensues that captures the attention of the entire nation, confronting the very foundation of the American justice system. But for the men and women on trial, it is simply a fight for the basic right of all mankind… freedom.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.25/5

Not much here except The Making of Amistad (26:33; SD) EPK featurette and the Theatrical Trailer (2:38; HD).


VIDEO – 4.5/5

Presented in its original 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer, Amistad looks quite good on Blu-ray. Detail levels are relatively sharp, colors tend to be on the darker side but during daylight scenes they do have a certain pop and those dark shots are fairly stark and don’t show signs of compression or artifacts, though you do get some graininess which seems to be natural rather than a flaw.

AUDIO – 4.25/5

The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track offers up clear and crisp dialogue levels and also has some depth between John Williams’ Academy Award nominated dramatic score and the ambient noises like in the courthouse, on the ship and other environmental elements.



OVERALL – 3.5/5

Overall, Amistad is another well made film from Steven Spielberg and features several good performances including Morgan Freeman, Djimon Hounsou and Matthew McConaughey who reminds you he’s always had the dramatic acting chops… The Blu-ray released by Paramount has good video/audio transfers but the features are much to be desired.

 

Published: 05/04/2014

 

 

 

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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