Quick Change appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a good representation of a less than great-looking source.
Plenty of movies shot in 1989 offer solid visuals, but many more suffer from a murkiness not atypical of the eraís stocks. That became the biggest issue with Change, as the original photography tended to seem a bit bland.
For the most part, sharpness seemed reasonably tight and well-defined. A little softness crept into some wide and/or low-light shots, but the movie usually presented fairly good definition.
I noticed no problems with jagged edges or shimmering, edge haloes remained absent. Light grain manifested through the movie, and only two or three tiny specks popped up along the way, so the image felt clean.
As implied, many movies of this oneís era showed flat colors, and Quick Change reflected some of those concerns. However, its natural palette usually demonstrated pretty perky tones, so the hues held up fairly well.
Blacks were deep, and shadows offered largely appealing clarity, though a few felt a little dull. Though this never became a visual showcase, the image appeared to represent the source about as well as I could hope.
The DTS-HD MA 2.0 mix of Quick Change seemed decent but without much ambition. The soundstage appeared only mildly broad and spatially-defined, as it stuck fairly closely to the center.
We got music that spread across the front, but effects were more restricted and didnít add much to the proceedings. Occasionally the mix showed moderate movement and engagement, but this was a pretty restricted soundscape.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, with no issues connected to intelligibility or edginess.
Effects played a minor role but they sounded clean and accurate. The score showed fair dynamics and clarity, though bass couldíve been warmer. Not exactly an ambitious mix, Quick Change offered perfectly adequate audio.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the DVD from 2006? The lossless audio felt a smidgen warmer than the DVDís track, though the restricted nature of the mix limited room for growth.
The same went for the visuals. As noted earlier, the original photography never excelled, so nothing will ever make Quick Change a great looking flick.
Still, the Blu-ray offered a cleaner, tighter and brighter impression. Again, this didnít become a stunning presentation, but it became the best version of the film to date.
As was the case with the DVD, we find no extras beyond the movieís trailer. I hoped Warner would develop some new features so their absence disappoints, though it doesnít shock.
Itís not an exaggeration to refer to Quick Change as one of my 15 or so favorite movies of all-time. More than three decades after its release, it remains as funny and inventive today as it did in 1990. The Blu-ray brings generally positive picture and audio but it lacks bonus materials. I heartily recommend this wonderful film
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