Ad Astra (2019) Blu-ray™ Disc | Main Menu | Menu Walkthrough

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Ad Astra (2019) Blu-ray™ Disc | Main Menu | Menu Walkthrough

Blu-ray + Digital HD
20th Century Fox | 2019 | 124 min | Rated PG-13 | Dec 17, 2019 (New Release)

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1

English SDH, French, Spanish

Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)

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Slipcover in original pressing

Region A (B, C untested)

Blu-ray rating
Video 4.5 of 5 4.5
Audio 4.5 of 5 4.5
Extras 3.0 of 5 3.0

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An Army Corps engineer searches across the galaxy for his father, who disappeared on a mission to find alien life 20 years ago.

Director: James Gray
Writers: James Gray, Ethan Gross
Starring: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, Kimberly Elise, Loren Dean
Producers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, James Gray, Anthony Katagas, Rodrigo Teixeira

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Ad Astra Blu-ray, Video Quality

Ad Astra is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 2.39:1. Shot on good, old fashioned film with a variety of cameras and then finished at a 4K DI (all datapoints courtesy of the IMDb), this is another stellar (sorry) looking high definition presentation from the good folks at Fox, though it does have a couple of kind of curious downturns in image quality and grain structure, albeit very fleeting. The film has some very interesting lighting and/or grading choices, some of which can be gleaned from the screenshots accompanying this review. Various sequences are drenched in blues and purples, and one key moment seems to be recreating the kind of dusty red- orange-brown ambience that made The Martian’s palette so memorable. Fine detail makes it through these gauntlets surprisingly intact, and Gray’s continued use of extreme close-ups throughout the film aid and abet detail levels in elements like Pitt’s facial crags. Some of the special effects can be a little hokey (one landing scene kind of reminded me of the quaint miniature work on display in shows like Gerry Anderson’s Space: 1999: The Complete Series. Regarding some quick but noticeable downturns in image quality, pay attention during the rescue sequence when there are some fleeting shots of Roy entering the spacecraft which for whatever reason almost look like 16mm, with a sudden and dramatic increase in grain and a concomitant increase in fuzziness, for one example. It’s just a second or two, but the difference is hard to miss. On the whole, grain looks nicely resolved, adding a fine sheen to things like the white space helmets or backgrounds of various spacecraft, which also tend to be lighter.

Ad Astra Blu-ray, Audio Quality

Ad Astra features a nicely immersive DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track the provides consistent and sometimes rather boisterous surround activity courtesy of its frequent flights through space. Panning effects are quite pronounced, and some of the liftoffs and landings (there are several scattered throughout the story) provide some floorboard rumbling LFE. Max Richter, the interesting minimalist composer who has become renowned for his “reworkings” of venerable classics like Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, provides a somewhat anachronistic score (at least for a sci-fi epic) that also fills the surround channels quite invitingly. Dialogue is rendered cleanly and clearly throughout this problem free track.

• Ad Astra 4K Blu-ray – November 5, 2019

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray James Gray’s sci-fi thriller Ad Astra (2019), starring Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, and Jamie Kennedy. The two releases …

IMDB Rating: 7.0/10


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