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USA 1942

Wartime melodrama with William Wyler's deft directorial touch of realism interspersed with sympathetic and lovable characters. Winner of multiple awards this film may feel quite dated to modern viewers, but regardless, it is a very worthwhile viewing experience with everlasting themes of respect, community and familial bonding. Characters are shown with subtle flaws enhancing their realism and the story is one of consequence and drama probably touching on memories of many individuals who lived through similar tribulations of World War II. Being aware of the period this film was made it showed a prevalent 'shot-in-the-arm' feel for the Allies and although, not treating the topic politically even-handedly, it did not overindulge to allow generalizations. I say immerse yourself in the cinematic power of William Wyler and sip from the fountain of a divisive moment in humanity that we can hope has vanished forever.    out of .

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Theatrical Release: June 4th, 1942 - New York City, New York

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Best Collection Video -  Region 0 - NTSC vs. Warner  - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Distribution

World's Best Videos (Taiwan)

Region 0  - NTSC

Warner Home Video
Region 1- NTSC

Warner Home Video

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 2:10:56 (2:30 Missing from  start of film) 2:13:28 2:13:38.093
Video 1.33:1.00 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.10 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1.00 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.73 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,458,994,696 bytes

Feature: 34,054,926,336 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

WBV

 

Bitrate:

Warner

 

Bitrate:

Warner Blu-ray

 

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1029 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1029 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio German 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles None English, Spanish, French and none English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, none
Features

Release Information:
Distributor: Best Video (Taiwan)

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

Single -sided, single layer

Edition Details:
• none
 

DVD Release Date: 1999
Keep Case
Chapters: 4

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

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

Edition Details:
• Greer Garson Academy Awards® footage (:54)
• Photo Gallery (33 stills)
• Two Vintage MGM Wartime shorts: "Mr. Blabbermouth" (19:18) & "For the Common Defense" (21:31)
• Restored Theatrical trailer (2:38)

DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
Snap Case

Chapters 32

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,458,994,696 bytes

Feature: 34,054,926,336 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:
• Greer Garson Academy Awards® footage (:58)
• Short Feature: Blitz Wolf (
10:39)
• Two Vintage MGM Wartime shorts: "Mr. Blabbermouth" (19:18) & "For the Common Defense" (21:31)
• Theatrical trailer (2:42)

Blu-ray Release Date: January 8th, 2013
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 32

Comments:

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

 

ADDITION: Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray (January 2013): What a great flic - Warner's HD-upgrade improves in the predictable areas with a smoother, artifact-free presentation. It is brighter and there is a hint of grain-texture. Contrast levels of the 2004 Warner DVD were quite adept and there isn't a dramatic superiority on the new 1080P transfer. In fact, I like the SD except the visuals could appear slightly dirty by comparison. The older DVD may be slightly vertically stretched beside both the Taiwanese digital attempt and the BD. Those with more discerning systems will notice the video benefits of the Blu-ray more. I thoroughly enjoyed my presentation.

 

Audio is lossless with some foreign language DUB and subtitle options. Herbert Stothart's score and pieces like Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance sound beautiful. The disc is region FREE playable worldwide. Short War Feature - entitled Blitz Wolf

 

Extras lose the photo gallery from the DVD but gain another short animated feature - entitled 'Blitz Wolf' essentially mocking Nazi-ism with a warning about racial and ethnic prejudices of the day.

 

I love Wyler's storytelling ability and while propaganda-leaning, this is a story of courage and communal spirit fighting an injustice. Definitely, a film I want in my Blu-ray collection.   

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ON THE DVD: Again, not so much a comparison as praising the stunning Warner DVD. It shows some damage but this is very film-like presentation. Beautiful contrast with prevalent film grain. This DVD is sharp, perfect black levels, solid sound and a host of timely Extras. I won't defend my purchase of the Taiwan import 2 years ago excepting that it allowed me to see this Wyler masterpiece - and for $9 it was not a bad purchase at the time. However this Warner ranks up with their best. A wholehearted recommendation. 

 - Gary W. Tooze


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