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The Revenant Blu-ray Review



Ralph Potts reviews this Academy Award winning drama about a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s that fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.



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94



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Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2015
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 156 minutes
Genre: Drama

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter
Directed by: Alejandro G. Inarritu
Written by: Alejandro G. Inarritu & Mark L. Smith based on the novel by Michael Punke
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: April 19, 2016


"Revenge is in God's hands"


My Take:

The Revenant follows the story of legendary explorer Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) on his quest for survival and justice. After a brutal bear attack, Glass is left for dead by a treacherous member of his hunting team. Against extraordinary odds, and enduring unimaginable grief, Glass battles a relentless winter in uncharted terrain.

I took in The Revenant during its theatrical run earlier this year. The film is based on the novel by Michael Punke and is based on a true story. From what I gather although primarily based on Glass the character and some of the events depicted in the film are a composite of more than one. Co-written by the film's director Alejandro G. Inarritu and Mark L. Smith The Revenant is epic in scope, drawing upon a dark narrative that encapsulates the early 1800's period depicted in the story, as it tells of a father's love, loss, struggle for survival and the indomitable power of the human spirit when motivated by the desire of revenge.

As I watched the film a second time my reaction to it was nearly identical to when I first saw it. In terms of story I found The Revenant to be good but not wholly gratifying. In context it's character driven which serves it well while the mix of frontier elements (adventure, peril, battling nature) is engaging to say the least. The subplots involving the French and the Indian Chief searching for his daughter didn't seem a cohesive fit, being seemingly interjected to add thematic tension and melodrama. True story or not I couldn’t help but find myself raising an eyebrow every time Glass managed to extricate himself from yet another impossible bid for survival.

Having said that I wouldn't want to give the impression that I found The Revenant lacking as a film experience. It's truly an amazing film to watch. From start to finish it's visually effecting, drawing you in with the vastness of its scope, high production elements, Emmanuel Lubezki's breathtaking cinematography, Alejandro G. Inarritu's masterful direction and compelling performances, highlighted by Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar winning turn in the title role.

Taking home three Oscars including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Cinematography, The Revenant is a memorable and effecting film that for me rises to the top due to the total sum of its parts. In addition to the honors at the Academy Awards, it also garnered, three Golden Globes, five BAFTA Awards, a DGA Award for Best Director (Iñárritu) and SAG Award for Best Actor (DiCaprio). The Revenant is justly deserving of the accolades it has received and is among the most talked about films of the year.


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The rating is for strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**



Audio: 94
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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
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Video: 94
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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The Revenant comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 25 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.5 Mbps.

This film utilizes a stylized visual design that has a limited color scheme that works aesthetically well for the subject matter. The color range is limited to shades of dark blue, gray and black with splashes of crimson red and forest green hues. Warm golden accents are used throughout to break up the film’s monochromatic essence. This comes in the form of glowing firelight or alternating flesh tones that have lifelike complexional color as opposed to the ashen/blue that is predominant the majority of the time. What enhances the effect is its presence amidst the other dark blue/gray/black elements within the same shot. Contrast is strong and blacks are deep without compromise to delineation. Shadowy areas exhibit excellent depth of field and visible gradational stages. Resolution is excellent as images are crisp, delineated and dimensionally strong. The visual design isn’t such that it offers high gloss, razor sharp quality but that doesn’t keep this presentation from looking great.

The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack has excellent dynamic range, detail rich clarity and makes ample use of the entire surround platform to drive the film’s thematic elements. Ryuichi Sakamoto’s music score, coupled along with well integrated discrete and atmospheric sound effects, plays an intricate role in this sometimes active surround mix. The detection of subtle background sounds, off camera cues and spatial dimension within the room’s acoustic environment is excellent. The low frequency effects channel is active as the subwoofer works in tandem with the rest of the system to convey the palpably rich bass and dynamic impact associated with the “sounds” of the frontier world it depicts. Dialog is firmly planted in the center channel and clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and balance within the front soundstage. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio presentation and found that it accentuated the feeling of “being there” while complimenting the film’s recorded elements.

Bonus Features:
  • (HD) "A World Unseen": A Documentary of The Revenant – 44 minutes
  • (HD) Gallery
  • Digital HD Copy



Final Thoughts:

Based on the novel of the same name by Michael Punke The Revenant is an epic, award winning frontier adventure that rewards on multiple levels, including Alejandro G. Inarritu's masterful direction, Emmanuel Lubezki's superb cinematography, and Leonardo DiCaprio's compellingly committed performance. It comes to Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring top notch high definition audio/video and a minimal but worthwhile documentary that offers an inside look at the making of the film. The Revenant is one of the most talked about films of the year and deserves serious consideration for inclusion in the video collections of film enthusiasts.







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Definitely will be buying this on a blind buy. Thanks for review


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Do will review the UHD Disc also ? What time
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Do will review the UHD Disc also ? What time
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I requested a review copy of the UHD version. I hope to receive it..


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Can wait to read it !
Still 4 weeks to go for the movie in germany, but it the first fresh bummer filmed in 4k.
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AGGHHHH was hoping this would have been in Atmos!!! oh well still worth picking up though! As usual, great review!
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Thanks as always Ralph. I absolutely loved this film in theaters. I can't remember another movie that gave me chills at the beautiful imagery.
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This one definitley needs an atmos track included. I saw the film at the AMC Prime/Dolby theater and the atmos was very active in the forest which was amazing! Hopefully the UHD version will offer more.
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"Having said that I would want to give the impression that I found The Revenant lacking as a film experience."

Great review as usual. Though the sentence above confused me. Did you mean to say "wouldn't"?

No 3d positional sound on the base or UHD release again saddens (and again a movie that had Atmos in theaters). Stupid studios.
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"Having said that I would want to give the impression that I found The Revenant lacking as a film experience."

Great review as usual. Though the sentence above confused me. Did you mean to say "wouldn't"?

No 3d positional sound on the base or UHD release again saddens (and again a movie that had Atmos in theaters). Stupid studios.
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YES! Thanks for catching that. It reads correctly now..


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Nice review Ralph! I didn't get a chance to catch this in theaters, so this will be a blind buy for me. Hopefully I will enjoy it.
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I pre-ordered the uhd bd from amazon and should be receiving it tomorrow. Can't wait to watch this movie again.
Great review Ralph!
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I couldn't wait to see this and purchased the digital download as soon as was available.

That being said, it was a very good movie but I do not think great. The scenery was beautiful but to me it could have spent a bit more time in the editing room. The long treachery through the mountains and elements seem to go on and on to me. I think they could have taken 15 minutes or 20 minutes or so of this redundancy out of the film. We get it it was a bitch out there alone.

Very good film. I think I expected a tad more. Certainly worth a buy but a repeat view for me will be on occasion.

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Even w/o the treatment of Atmos for this bluray, the use of DTS Neural:X already provided us with a very engaging surround field. If you want to showcase how good the DTS Neural:X upmixing can do to the hd lossless track (DTS-HD MSTR 7.1)...this is definitely the disc to recommend. Almost 80% of the film is sported with great surround from the nature.

In a separate thread, members have commented on the less than stellar LFE performance. They felt it was rather underwhelming but I thought it is fine.
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The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack has excellent dynamic range, detail rich clarity and makes ample use of the entire surround platform to drive the film’s thematic elements. Alexandre Desplat’s music score, coupled along with well integrated discrete and atmospheric sound effects, plays an intricate role in this sometimes active surround mix. The detection of subtle background sounds, off camera cues and spatial dimension within the room’s acoustic environment is excellent. The low frequency effects channel is active as the subwoofer works in tandem with the rest of the system to convey the palpably rich bass and dynamic impact associated with the “sounds” of the frontier world it depicts. Dialog is firmly planted in the center channel and clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and balance within the front soundstage. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio presentation and found that it accentuated the feeling of “being there” while complimenting the film’s recorded elements.
Shouldn't that be Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto and Bryce Dessner for the score?

Also are you sure about the dialogue being in centre only, as it moved freely between left side and right side channels depending on the location of the source.
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Should get my UHD copy today and will watch it tonight. This will be my 1st viewing and really wanted to see in theaters.
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Picking up my 4k Blu ray tonight ! Anybody know if the movie was filmed in 4k resolution or even mastered in 4k?

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Picking up my 4k Blu ray tonight ! Anybody know if the movie was filmed in 4k resolution or even mastered in 4k?
Filmed in 6k and mastered in 4k. This is THE 4k UHD to own. Got it today and it blows the launch titles out of the water. I noticed other UHD titles suffered from a combination of either blooming, loss of clarity, and poor black levels. The Revenant has none of those issues. You won't be disappointed.
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Filmed in 6k and mastered in 4k. This is THE 4k UHD to own. Got it today and it blows the launch titles out of the water. I noticed other UHD titles suffered from a combination of either blooming, loss of clarity, and poor black levels. The Revenant has none of those issues. You won't be disappointed.
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I watched about 30 mins of The Revenant last night. WOW. This is what 4K should be about. Razor sharp picture. I love the natural lighting thats used so far in the movie. With the 4K, HDR and natural lighting, it makes me feel like I'm there.
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I watched about 30 mins of The Revenant last night. WOW. This is what 4K should be about. Razor sharp picture. I love the natural lighting thats used so far in the movie. With the 4K, HDR and natural lighting, it makes me feel like I'm there.
Now I'm itching. My UHD won't show up until tomorrow but thanks for the 4k update. Might have to put watching this one off until Saturday night. Popcorn and all. Is it good enough to keep the wife from talking?

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Agreed...Best UHD experience so far.
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Now I'm itching. My UHD won't show up until tomorrow but thanks for the 4k update. Might have to put watching this one off until Saturday night. Popcorn and all. Is it good enough to keep the wife from talking?
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Agreed...Best UHD experience so far.
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The studio advises that I should have the 4K Ultra HD version by Friday. Looking forward to it..!


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One and done. It was a great looking/sounding movie, but it simply didn't click for me. Leo was excellent. It just felt like there was a better movie in there, buried within a too long running time.
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I watched the first half of the UHD 4K Blu-ray last night and the amount of detail and clarity in low light levels is astounding. It becomes breathtaking when we get out in full day light during the later half of the beginning.The DTS HD Master audio sounds great as well. I can't wait to see upcoming titles that come from a 4K DI and have a 4K or higher source material. I watched some of the Fifth Wave on Sony's 4K streaming service and it stands to be a looker on UHD disc. I'll tell you one move I watched on the UltraFlix 4K streaming service blew my mind in quality even at 15Mbps data rate and that was HUGO! This will look outstanding on UHD Blu. And last but not least, please give us Guardians of the Galaxy on UHD 4K Blu-ray!
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