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Indecent Proposal – Blu-ray Disc Review

June 1, 2009 – 5:32 PM - Posted by: Brendan Surpless

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Blu-ray Disc Review

3.0 out of 5 starsThe Movie Itself has an average rating of 5.3 on IMDb
3.5 out of 5 starsVideo Quality 1080p in AVC MPEG-4 on a 50gb disc
3 out of 5 starsAudio Quality
Dolby TrueHD 5.1
.5 out of 5 starsBonus Materials
include only a commentary
Rated:R
Year: – 1993
Length: – 117 Minutes
Studio:Paramount
Region:Region 1 (A)
This uses 32.6GB for the movie out of 34.7GB total.
Street Date: June 9th, 2009


Overall VerdictFor Fans Only

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— Review by: Brendan Surpless


The Film is directed by Adrian Lyne (known for “Unfaithful“). “Indecent Proposal” tells the story of high school sweethearts Diana (Demi Moore) and David Murphy (Woody Harrelson). When luck seems to have put them down at their worse thanks in part to the recession, both decide to take their savings ($5K) and head to Vegas. Originally winning nearly 5x there amount, David gets greedy almost losing everything. It’s here that Diana gains the attention of billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford). Seeing her trying on a dress in a store, John offers to buy it for Diana, to which she declines. Not thinking anything of it, Diana goes back to David. They soon run into John again, who basically gives Diana $1 Million to bet on a table. She wins gaining him another million. Invited up to his private suite, John moves right in offering Diana and David $1 Million for one night with Diana. As soon as Diana returns the following day, David demands to know what occurred seemingly becoming jealous at the thought that another man may have won over his heart. He doesn’t trust a word she says leaving the two to question their relationship. The film essentially looks at relationships and the trust level both need to have in order to have a healthy and successful relationship.

Having never seen “Indecent Proposal” before receiving this title in for review, I can’t say I really had an expectation going into the movie. Sure I had heard of it if only because of the actors involved but I had never really read any critical reception towards it. The end result is a film that one can understand why it has gained the following it has. The actors do a fine job playing the types of roles that have become all too common in romantic drama/comedy today. As one of the first roles for Harrelson and Moore, both play believable characters who have to put their relationship on the line to fully realize what their love truly means to one another. It’s all too typical for films to display characters that go through the motions Diana and David did. But the usual issue is that these characters never come off as something we might believe if only because the actual actors don’t, for lack of a better word, believe in them. Even though I didn’t fully love this film, I will say that both actors make Diana and David into something real, something that other films probably have looked at.

Obviously I can’t say this as I’m not completely sure, but I would imagine that many other films have borrowed from “Proposal“. Clearly we’ve never had a similar plot where a rich man pays for a night with another woman. But more over the concept of trust and dialogue in a relationship. And that sole fact is what made me slightly enjoy this film. The concept of “Proposal” is rather ridiculous if one thinks about it as this would never ever occur. I guess that’s what movies are suppose to do no? Take us away from the heightened world we live and bring us somewhere we just can laugh, cry, smile, scream and just plainly enjoy ourselves for 2 hours. “Indecent Proposal” is just that type of movie, something to take us away for 2 hours. This one comes slightly recommended more for those looking for a fairly solid couple movie.

Video Quality on this release is in full 1080p using the AVC MPEG-4 codec on a BD-50 (50 gigabyte dual-layer Blu-ray Disc). The film has a fairly good transfer for a film that is 16 years old. The print is in fairly good condition as I only noticed a bit of damage here and there. You notice it mostly by small, quick blips in the print. There is a large of grain to the print but nothing that becomes overly annoying. Some may find it distracting but keep in mind the age of the film. There is what appears to be motion blur in a few sequences. An example of this comes when Diana and David first arrive to John’s party. As the camera moves in to focus on them, we notice the characters to the immediate left and right lose a bit of focus. When the camera does complete the final close up, however, there is a good sense of detail. The characters look real and contrast levels aren’t overly pumped up rather going for that natural feel. All in all this is a transfer that is faithful to the product. I ended up decently pleased so I’m going to give this an average “3.5 Star Rating“.


Audio Quality on this release is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1. Not fairing quite as well as the accompanying video, the provided TrueHD track does a somewhat serviceable job representing the film. The biggest issue I had here is that the dialogue, well intelligible for the most part, seems to have been recorded a bit low. Take in part the scene following where Diana wins $1 Million at a table for John. That scene, taking place on the Hilton Vegas casino floor, is full of atmosphere and music creating an all around good audio feel. The following scene between John, Diana and David is comprised of dialogue. Here the dialogue becomes difficult to hear at a reasonable volume (50 on the 605) resulting in a volume increase. This occurs more than once too. With that said, the overall film’s atmosphere is acceptable. I didn’t expect much considering that is primarily dialogue driven with a bit of music here and there. But there are scenes that make you feel like you’re right in the mix whether in the crowds of Vegas or cruising around with John. Dynamics are good enough as the rears do open up for the livelier scenes but the overall track does tend to focus on a frontal mix. All in all this earns a decent “3 Star Rating“. Fans should be pleased as this is probably the best the film will ever sound.


Bonus Materials are presented in Standard Definition with Dolby Digital 2.0 Sound.

  • Audio Commentary with director Adrian Lyne:


Blu-ray Disc packaging:


Screenshots:

NOTE: The full-sized 1920×1080 files are in a .PNG file format and uncompressed. Bare with the slow loading times, keep in mind these files are at least 1MB (1 megabyte) in size each.

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