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The Fighter (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

The Fighter (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
Studio: Paramount Pictures
List Price: $39.99
Street Price: $29.99
Amazon.com: $15.10
Release Date: Mar 15, 2011
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Running Time: 115 minutes

Overall: 4.4 Stars (out of 5)


After a string of defeats, Mickey Ward rediscovers his fighting will with help from trainer and half-brother Dicky (Oscar winner Christian Bale) -- a once-talented pugilist and small-town hero now battling drug addiction..


Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo


David O. Russell

Blu-ray Release Date:

March 15, 2011


English, English SDH, French, Spanish


Overall rating weighted as follows:

Audio 40%, Video 40%, Special Features 20%

Movie - its just our opinion so take it with a grain of salt

Audio: 4.4 Stars

Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison

● Subwoofer – 4.0 Stars

● Dialog – 4.5 Stars

● Surround Effects – 4.5 Stars

● Dynamic Range – 4.5 Stars

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

The audio for this Blu-ray is a knockout. The thuds of the punches, the mumbling Boston accents, and the early 90’s rock soundtrack are all stylishly represented in this DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. At the end of the first fight, the bell rings so clearly and echoes so perfectly, I rewound it twice. During the fight the roars of the crowd fills the room and makes you feel like you are in the crowd.

Video: 4.5 Stars

Spears & Munsil Benchmark Blu-ray Edition used as basis for comparison

● Color Accuracy - 4.5 Stars

● Shadow detail – 4.5 Stars

● Clarity – 4.5 Stars

● Skin tones – 5.0 Stars

● Compression – 4.0 Stars

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC

Video resolution: 1080p

Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Aspect ratio: 2.40:1

This movie makes sweating look good. This Blu-ray pays a lot of attention to the details. Bloody faces, dirty clothing, weathered skin, and shag carpet all somehow look appealing and inviting. Most of this film is brightly lit, whenever when there was darkness it performed like a champ. During the boxing matches, a drastically different style was used to make it look like it was televised on HBO in the 1990’s. It may seem silly to do something like this, but it added a level of nostalgia that drew me into the film. This movie is close to perfect, however there was one of two scenes where banding was noticeable.

Bonus Features: 4.0 Stars

● Audio Commentary

● The Warrior's Code: Filming The Fighter

● Keeping the Faith

● Deleted Scenes

● Theatrical Trailer

● DVD/Digital Copy Disc

Movie: 4.5 Stars

At times, I found this movie hard to watch. It wasn’t because of the subject matter, but rather how it is presented with such authenticity. I felt like these actors weren’t really acting, it almost seemed like they became the people they were portraying. In fact, during shooting, some family members confused Christian Bale with their brother Dickey. They said his movements and mannerisms were just like their brother’s. With dedication like that, it’s no wonder why Bale won the Oscar for this role.

The Fighter tackles heavy themes of drug addiction, dysfunctional families, and redemption with class and without going overboard. It’s the type of film that has something for everyone. It’s a love story for the ladies and a sports movie for the guys. At its core it is a movie about perseverance and heart. It’s the kind of movie that reminds you that if you want something good in life, you have to fight for it.

Posted by The HT Guys, April 11, 2011 7:38 AM

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The HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.

Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.

ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.

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