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Directed by Whit Stillman
USA 1990

One of the most significant achievements of the American independent film movement of the 1990s, writer-director Whit Stillman’s debut, Metropolitan, is a sparkling comedic chronicle of a middle-class young man’s romantic misadventures among New York City’s debutante society. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Stillman’s deft, literate script and hilariously high-brow observations mask a tender tale of adolescent anxiety.

 

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Theatrical Release: January 1990 - Sundance Film Festival

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 326 - Region 1 - NTSC Criterion Collection - Spine # 326 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:38:18 1:38:32.531
Video 1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 9.7 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 34,199,147,251 bytes

Feature: 29,057,937,408 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Mono), English (Dolby 5.1)   LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by director Whit Stillman, editor Christopher Tellefsen, and actors Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols
• Outtakes and deleted scenes

• Alternate Casting
• Liner notes essay by author and film scholar Luc Sante

DVD Release Date: February 14th, 2006

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Chapters: 25

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by director Whit Stillman, editor Christopher Tellefsen, and actors Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols
• Outtakes and deleted scenes

• Alternate Casting
• Liner notes essay by author and film scholar Luc Sante

Blu-ray Release Date: July 24th, 2012
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Chapters: 24
 

 

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

ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (July 2012): Not much to say - the 1080P exports the film's rich textures and grain to a higher degree. This establishes a more film-like representation and continuing to support the original 1.66:1 appearance. We get a lossless soundtrack and all the extras from the 2006 SD remain including the commentary. It may have been because of a repeat viewing but I felt much closer to the characters on Blu-ray - getting a lot more out of the sly wit of the film. Those unfamiliar with Metropolitan should certainly give this a spin.

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ON THE DVD: Possibly showing its Indie production roots, the image quality of this film does not appear to represent strong accuracy of colors. Skin tones are decidedly warm at times and many other colors are on the verge of bleeding into the dark backgrounds. This may have been intentional by director Stillman but he makes no mention of it in the commentary. I don't think it is the DVD transfer that has created this appearance but not having seen it theatrically - it is only my educated guess. The problematic (for some production companies) 1.66 ratio has been maintained. There is some dirt or digital noise visible in some of the sequences. The commentary is standard with Stillman talking about many technical details of the shooting process and others detailing their input into the project. Certainly this is a very worthy film and a great choice for Criterion to deviate from the many classics that are their present mainstay. This is another great DVD package from Criterion.  

Gary W. Tooze

 


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