Sep 202020

Michael debuts on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection and stars a great ensemble cast including John Travolta, Andie MacDowell, William Hurt and Bob Hoskins.



— Warner Archive Collection —

Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Warner Archive | NR – 106 min. – $21.99 | August 11, 2020

Date Published: 09/20/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Nora Ephron
Writer(s): Pete Dexter & Jim Quinlan (story), Nora Ephron & Delia Ephron and Pete Dexter & Jim Quinlan (screenplay)
Cast: John Travolta, Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins, Robert Pastorelli, Jean Stapleton, Teri Garr, Wallace Langham, Joey Lauren Adams, Carla Gugino

Features: Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 32.89 GB
Total Bitrate: 41.45 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C



When jaded journalists Frank (WILLIAM HURT) and Huey (ROBERT PASTORELLI), along with “angel expert” Dorothy (ANDIE MACDOWELL), travel to a small town in Iowa to investigate a story, they find Michael (JOHN TRAVOLTA), a disheveled man claiming to be an angel. But Michael is less than angelic: he drinks, smokes and basks in the attention of women. As the group travels to Chicago, Michael teaches them about relationships, faith and miracles, suggesting that he may be exactly whom he says he is.



The only feature included is the Theatrical Trailer (2:00).



VIDEO – 4/5, AUDIO – 3¾/5

Michael comes to Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection, presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. According to the press release, this is a new transfer although not entirely sure what, if any, work went into it other presumably taking the original print and scanning it in HD. In any case, the video here looks pretty good, detail is decent if not especially sharp, with the heavy grain that I often notice with these 1990s films. However, colors are pretty vibrant in keeping with the more light-hearted nature of the film.

The movie comes with a standard DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, perfectly functional for a movie that is mostly dialogue with some okay depth for the music and score by Randy Newman. Nothing phenomenal but pleasant enough all things considered.

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