directed by David Lean
U.K. 1948

Expressionistic noir photography suffuses David Lean’s Oliver Twist with a nightmarish quality, fitting its bleak, industrial setting. In Dickens’ classic tale, an orphan wends his way from cruel apprenticeship to den of thieves in search of a true home. Here Alec Guinness is the quintessential Fagin.
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DVD Comparison:

Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Carlton - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution

Criterion Collection Spine # 32

Region 1  - NTSC

Carlton
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:55:44 1:50:49 (4% PAL speed-up)
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.50 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.17
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

Bitrate:

Criterion

 

Bitrate:

Carlton

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0)

English (Dolby Digital 1.0)

Subtitles English and none None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: June 1948

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 1
Collector's Edition

Edition Details:
• Black & White, Dolby
• Restored theatrical trailer 2:13

DVD Release Date: March 7, 2000
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Release Information:
Studio: Carlton UK
Theatrical Release Date: June 1948

 

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:

No Extras
Note: This is the old release, Carlton has re-released the title as a Special Edition with English subtitles, a 23 min. documentary ("A Profile Of Oliver Twist"), biographies, behind the scene pictures/poster/lobbycard gallery and theatrical trailer.

 

DVD Release Date: October 1999
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Comments:

The Criterion disc has a far better image than the Carlton. It really isn't close. Sharpness, contrast, detail are all in Criterion's favor. I think I notice some edge-enhancement in the Carlton as well, if not some heavy saturation. This R2 version has no extras, but I understand they have re-released it in a Special Edition with a short documentary (23 minutes), but as its stands the Criterion with only a theatrical trailer have the better additions in this case. It's kind of obvious... go for the Criterion to see this classic film.      

 - Gary W. Tooze

 

NOTE: the Criterion is slightly vertically cropped on the right edge (Similar to Notorious... why? I have no idea )





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Distribution

Criterion Collection Spine # 32

Region 1  - NTSC

Carlton
Region 2 - PAL


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