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Another nice release from Alliance
on March 13, 2009
Since I first wrote my brief review of the Alliance blu-ray edition of Traffic back in 2009, a few newer releases of Traffic have been released on blu-ray:
--A Universal Studios release (under the Alliance banner here in Canada) was released on April 27th, 2010. It pretty much has the same picture and audio quality as the 2009 Alliance release (although the picture quality is now in 1080p and 1.85:1 aspect ratio). It also includes two special features (deleted scenes and a featurette)
--A steelbook version (released by Alliance) was released November 2nd, 2010. It's the exact same disc as the Apr. 27th, 2010 release, only now it's in a nice steelbook edition
--A Criterion Collection version was released on January 17th, 2012. It features SLIGHTLY better video and audio than the Apr. 27th, 2010 release (although the aspect ratio is back to 1.78:1). However, this release contains a lot more special features (3 audio commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, additional scenes, etc.)
My impressions of the Alliance blu-ray release of Traffic released in 2009.
25GB Single layer disc
Video: 1080i, 1.78:1 aspect ratio
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby and DTS HD-MA, French 5.1 Dolby
I enjoyed the movie. I hadn't wached it since seeing it on VHS quite a few years back, so it was refreshing to watch again; a truly great film. 4 outta 5
Video quality was tricky on this release. The majority of this movie looked more on the softer side, but even with it looking soft there was a lot of detail in some of those scenes. The opening scene of the movie in Mexico had me worrying about the PQ (since it looked below par), but it gets better thankfully. Most scenes that were done in Mexico looked between mediocre and good. Most scenes that were in the US looked between pretty good and excellent. It's just the way the movie was shot really, but it's very watchable. I'd give it an inconsistently solid 4 out of 5.
Audio was okay. Nothing special. The DTS HD-MA track is the stronger track, but not by much really. The audio sounds alright. Dialogue is clear, the musical score sounds nice and sound effects are fine. This isn't a movie with a grand sound design. It's mostly all dialogue driven. I thought the rear channels could've been used a bit more for a better surround sound experience, however this is the way the movie was meant to sound. So the audio, like I said, was just alright. 3.5 out of 5