Original Sin appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with an erratic transfer.
Overall sharpness was good, but lapses occurred. Most of the movie delivered nice clarity and definition. However, periodic soft spots cropped up, and a few shots seemed a bit blocky. No issues with jaggies or moirť effects occurred, but I noticed light edge haloes at times. Print flaws were heavier than expected; I noticed examples of grit, speckles and nicks. These never became overwhelming, but they showed up much more frequently than Iíd expect given the movieís recent vintage.
Colors looked fairly lush and warm. At times they seemed a bit heavy, but they usually were pretty full. Blacks appeared dark and deep, while shadows showed generally nice clarity. Though much of the movie was attractive, the issues with softness and source defects knocked it down to ďC+Ē status.
I thought the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Original Sin seemed acceptable. I expected a soundfield with a forward emphasis from this kind of flick, and the mix delivered that. Most of the audio remained in the front spectrum, where I heard very good stereo music and a consistently solid sense of atmosphere and ambience. The mix usually remained fairly subdued, as it concentrated on general environmental elements. Effects moved smoothly from channel to channel and blended together neatly. The surrounds contributed good reinforcement of the music and effects but they didnít provide many unique elements.
Audio quality seemed generally positive. Dialogue was always intelligible but I thought the lines could be a bit metallic; though most of the lines showed decent naturalness, too many appeared somewhat stiff. Effects were clean and accurate, with no distortion or noticeable flaws. Music was bright and vivid and showed reasonable dynamic range.
The only area in which the audio lost some points related to the absence of solid bass, however. Low-end response appeared acceptable but the LFE channel seemed to get little to no usage, and bass should have been deeper; the track never seemed anemic, but it lacked the depth Iíd have liked. Still, the audio was good enough to warrant a solid ďB-Ē.
How did the audio and picture of this Blu-ray compare with the original DVD from 2002? I thought the sound was a wash, as the lossless DTS-HD mix didnít appear to add anything to the impact.
Visuals worked better but still had problems. In truth, I suspect that the Blu-ray simply recycled the DVDís transfer, as I couldnít discern any work done to improve it; for instance, all the same print flaws from the DVD reappeared here. The image looked better on Blu-ray due to the formatís superior qualities, but it was still more flawed than Iíd like and it didnít take full advantage of Blu-rayís capabilities.
Except for a photo gallery, the DVDís extras repeat here. The only significant one offers an audio commentary from director Michael Cristofer. He gives us a running, screen-specific piece that seems generally good but spotty. On the negative side, the commentary suffers from quite a few empty spaces. He also spends too much time on flat discussions of sets and filming techniques. However, usually when he speaks, Cristofer provides reasonably interesting material.
The director covers a number of different elements of the production. He discusses differences between Sin, the Francois Truffaut film Mississippi Mermaid, and the novel on which both were based. Cristofer also goes over some casting tidbits, MPAA concerns, locations, and a variety of additional issues. The track seems fairly dry at times and it includes too many gaps, but I still think it gives us a decent look at the film.
We find a trailer for Sin as well as a music video for Gloria Estefanís ďYou Canít Walk Away From LoveĒ. Well, we get part of the video; after 105 seconds, it stops and we get an ad for Estefanís greatest hits album! Granted, itís a cheesy video anyway; it shows clips from the movie with a few shots of a lip-synching Estefan superimposed on top. Nonetheless, I thought the absence of the full video seemed tacky and obnoxious.
With Original Sin, we find a couple of high-profile actors who get nasty with each other to a degree one doesnít normally see from performers of their stature. Thatís the filmís primary appeal; otherwise it offers little that seems very compelling. The Blu-ray features inconsistent picture, decent audio and a small set of supplements. This became an unexceptional presentation for a dull movie.
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