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The Crossing Guard / The Human Stain [Blu-ray]

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THE CROSSING GUARD
Academy Award® winner Jack Nicholson (Best Actor, As Good as It Gets, 1998) drives this suspenseful, critically-acclaimed action thriller about one man's unquenchable thirst for revenge. For six agonizing years, Freddy Gale (Nicholson) has waited for John Booth, the man jailed for a crime that destroyed Freddy's life. Now, Booth is out of prison and Freddy's giving him three days before he returns...to even the score.

THE HUMAN STAIN
Academy Award® winners Anthony Hopkins (Best Actor, The Silence of the Lambs, 1992) and Nicole Kidman (Best Actress, The Hours, 2003) along with Gary Sinise and Ed Harris star in this provocative mystery. Coleman Silk (Hopkins) has a secret. A terrible fifty-year-old secret that the esteemed college professor has kept hidden from everyone—including his wife, his children and his down-and-out young lover (Kidman)—and it's about to ruin his entire life.


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Product Details

  • Actors: David Morse, Anthony Hopkins, Jack Nicholson, Robin Wright Penn, Anjelica Huston
  • Directors: Sean Penn, Robert Benton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 217 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008D1RD6W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,127 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"The Crossing Guard"and "The Human Stain" are both compelling if imperfect films that deserve better treatment than this shoddy budget-title release. Picture quality is decent if unspectacular for The Human Stain, with good detail in closeups. However, colors do seem rather muted at times and contrast is a bit washed out in a few scenes. On the other hand, "The Crossing Guard" looks pretty ugly. The picture has a dull, soft look, with little detail throughout. Blacks are actually crushing grays; colors look flat; and the print simply looks dirty.

In the audio department, both films were originally released with 5.1 Dolby Digital mixes on their DVD releases, and they are nowhere to be found here. Instead, the two films get a 2.0 DTS-HD mix. 2.0 is simply a left-right stereo mix; to enjoy 2.0 stereo, all you need is two audio speakers. I compared the Echo Bridge Blu-ray of "The Crossing Guard" with the old Miramax DVD, and the sound on the DVD wins hands down. On "The Crossing Guard", skip to the scene where the Bruce Springsteen song "Missing" is played, and you'll see what I'm talking about (FYI, "The Crossing Guard" on the old Miramax DVD release is in non-anamorphic widescreen, something to consider if you do decide to pick it up). To rub salt on the wound, the European release of "The Crossing Guard" on Blu-Ray has a 5.1 DTS-HD track. Overall, the best thing that I can say about the 2.0 mixes is that they get the job done.

Sadly, this inferior Blu-ray release is a typical product for Echo Bridge who, along with Mill Creek Entertainment, are vying for the dishonor of crappiest name in home video. Besides trotting out worn-looking prints for their Blu-ray releases, they are also known to present films in incorrect aspect rations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael M. on June 19, 2013
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On the copy I received, the audio of THE HUMAN STAIN was out of synch with the video. I found it so annoying that I gave up. Also the video quality of THE CROSSING GUARD was well below even average Blu-Ray quality.
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By M. Upchurch on August 22, 2014
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Great DVD. Enjoyed both movies.
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