WHITNEY Blu-ray Review

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Whitney Houston, daughter of the singer Cissey Houston, was an amazing pop singer and sometimes referred to as “The Queen of Pop.” She came up as a singer in church in Newark, NJ and became a star through her love for singing. This documentary looks over her career but also her personal life including the time with Bobby Brown. It is a sad story but there are some moments where you can see how she inspired so many people. Kevin Macdonald is the director and he has done a few documentaries in his career. This feels very honest and unbiased.


The video is a 1080p AVC presentations that is a mixed bag but rightfully so given the source material. There are archival footage, photos, and together with current HD footage. A lot of the older video has been cleaned up but the filmmakers wanted to make sure it has that vintage look. Everything has a look from the various eras. The HD video looks incredibly clean and picks up on all of the detailing and colors in each scene.


The audio is a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix that has some incredible moments. Regardless of what the video looks like, the music always sounds great. The music feels like it has been remastered with some solid LFEs and clear highs. The voices on the new interview footage are clean but some of the older footage has softness to it.


-Audio Commentary: with Producer Simon Chinn and Director Kevin Macdonald

-Whitney Photo Gallery

-Theatrical Trailer

Disc Details
1 Blu-ray Disc
Digital copy

Running Time
120 mins

Edition Ratings
Rated R

Region Coding
Region A

Video Resolution
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio Mixes
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

English SDH


I’m a sucker for a good documentary and I especially love to watch something about a subject I care about. With WHITNEY, this falls under exactly. that. I knew more about the successes of her career and never really got caught up in the tabloid stuff about her personal life. The video as a whole looks really nice and the audio is a notch better. The extras are good but, honestly, I don’t expect documentaries to have much in the way of extras. This is intriguing and sad but well worth your time. I highly recommend picking this up.

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MEDIA JOURNALIST | Michael is a fanatic about all both cinema old and new. He collects anything from 1:6 Scale, 1:12 Scale, and vinyl Collectibles plus Slipcovers and Steelbooks. He loves pop culture, writing, reviewing films & collectibles, and journalism. An avid Batman, The Joker and anything comics junkie, he will also chat it up about pretty much anything. Go ahead and ask...