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directed by John Schlesinger
UK 1963

Tom Courtenay gives a flawlessly nuanced performance as Billy Fisher, the underachieving undertaker’s assistant whose constant daydreams and truth-deficient stories earn him the nickname “Billy Liar.” Julie Christie is the handbag-swinging charmer whose free spirit just might inspire Billy to finally move out of his parents’ house. Deftly veering from gritty realism to flamboyant fantasy, Billy Liar is a dazzling and uproarious classic.

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Theatrical Release: December 16th, 1963

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Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Studio Canal 50th Anniversary - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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2) Studio Canal - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 121 - Region 0 - NTSC Studio Canal - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:38:33  1:38:09.583
Video 2.30:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.48 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 - 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,103,910,840 bytes

Feature: 30,409,291,584 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)  LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.30:1

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary featuring director John Schlesinger and actors Tom Courtenay and Julie Christie
• Excerpts from “Northern Lights,” an episode of the BBC series Hollywood U.K.: British Cinema in the Sixties, hosted by Richard Lester (15:34)
• Original theatrical trailer (4:15)

DVD Release Date: July 10th, 2001

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Chapters: 16

Release Information:
Studio:
Studio Canal

 

2.35:1 - 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 42,103,910,840 bytes

Feature: 30,409,291,584 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.98 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• 
Remembering Billy Liar with Tom Courtney and Helen Fraser (9:43 - 1080i)
• Interview with Richard Ayoade (11:49 in 1080i):
• A Look Through the Keith Waterhouse Archive With British Library Curator Zoe Wilcox (12:30 in 1080i)
• Interview with St Etienne's Bob Stanley (9:34 in 1080i)
• Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery

• Trailer (4:05 in 576i)

Blu-ray Release Date: May 6th, 2013
Thick (UK)t
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION Studio Canal Blu-ray - June 2013: Wow - check out how cropped the OOP Criterion is! (all 4 sides but notably the top and the left edge.) The Studio Canal 1080P can look a shade green/grey but has no artifacts and is dual-layered with a strong bitrate. We've come a long way in over a decade. The region 'B' Blu-ray is a shade darker but a definite uptick in detail. The AR turns out to be a huge consideration. The audio is lossless in a linear PCM and there are optional subtitles. Studio Canal have included some very good supplements. New interviews with many of the participants - and all in HD. Bravo! Still a wonderful, and sad, film - Julie Christie is stunning in HD - the extra are much appreciated. Certainly recommended!

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ON THE DVD (2002): Very nice bittersweet film that left me quite sad in the end. The transfer is stupendous. Brilliant contrast levels and tight anamorphic image. Director and principles commentary is also interesting to hear the reflections of the past development of the film. All good news from Criterion. Dynamite DVD package.  

Gary W. Tooze

 


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