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(aka "Blow-Up" )

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UK / Italy 1966

Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni's first English-language production was also his only box office hit, widely considered one of the seminal films of the 1960s. Thomas (David Hemmings) is a nihilistic, wealthy fashion photographer in mod "Swinging London." Filled with ennui, bored with his "fab" but oddly-lifeless existence of casual sex and drug use, Thomas comes alive when he wanders through a park, stops to take pictures of a couple embracing, and upon developing the images, believes that he has photographed a murder. Pursued by Jane (Vanessa Redgrave), the woman who is in the photos, Thomas pretends to give her the pictures, but in reality, he passes off a different roll of film to her. Thomas returns to the park and discovers that there is, indeed, a dead body lying in the shrubbery: the gray-haired man who was embracing Jane. Has she murdered him, or does Thomas' photo reveal a man with a gun hiding nearby? Antonioni's thriller is a puzzling, existential, adroitly-assembled masterpiece.

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Theatrical Release: 18 December 1966 (USA)

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DVD Comparison:

Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Warner Home Video - Region 2 - PAL vs. Warner (Japan) - Region 2,3,4 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman and Pavel Borodin for the R1 and R2 Screen Caps!

1) Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Warner Home Video - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Warner (Japan) - Region 2,3,4 - NTSC - RIGHT

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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 1 - NTSC

Warner Home Video
Region 2 - PAL

Warner (Japan)

Region 2,3,4 - NTSC

Runtime 1:51:04 1:46:36 (4% PAL speedup) 1:51:04
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.9 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.27 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.9 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate:

Warner Home Video - NTSC

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Warner Home Video - PAL

 

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Warner Home Video - PAL

 

Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono (English, French)

Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono (English, French), 2.0 Stereo (Italian)

Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono (English, Portuguese)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, English for the hearing impaired, None Arabic, Dutch, English, English for the hearing impaired, French, German, Italian, Italian for the hearing impaired, Romanian, Spanish, None English, Spanish, Portuguese French, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Indonesian, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by author/historian Peter Brunette
• Music-only track
• 2 Theatrical Trailers

DVD Release Date: February 17th, 2004
Snapper case

Chapters 26

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by author/historian Peter Brunette
• Music-only track
• 2 Theatrical Trailers

DVD Release Date: April 12th, 2004
Keep case

Chapters 26

Release Information:
Studio: Warner (Japan)

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by author/historian Peter Brunette
• Music-only track

Teaser Trailer
Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: April  21st, 2010
Keep case

Chapters 26

Comments ADDITION: Warner Japan, Region 2,3,4 NTSC - July 2014: Bottom line, I was curious about the Japanese SD release since I see the 2004 US snapper case going for $90 HERE. This Japanese release seems the exact same in almost every regard - and it's less than $10 US (not including shipping - which for me was also just under $10). Image quality is the same or slightly better, it has no PAL speed-up, the VoB files say March 2004, it is optically censored (see issue HERE) for those few frames (see last capture). You blink and you'd miss it. It has mono English and English subs as well a a few foreign-language's offered (see list). It has the commentary, teaser, trailer and music only track option (Herbie Hancock) as extras. Pretty much the same disc except in comes in a keep case. Even the menus are in English. So this is only to save some a bit of dough - the Japanese (and all Amazon's) check-out process is the exact same as the US one. I don't see this coming to BD anytime soon... This film gets replayed a lot on my system.

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ON THE R1 and R2 DVDs (2004): By comparison, the Region 2 version is a bit enhanced. The edge-enhancement on the PAL edition, is minimal. If it is there it is truly miniscule but it is still in PAL (sped-up) timing - which I now find bothersome and notable in Hemming's voice and the music.

The Extras are exact as are the menus and covers. The Region 2 offers a larger selection of subtitles and an additional audio DUB (Italian). DVDBeaver recommends the Region 2.

NOTE: We can confirm that these DVDs are in the incorrect aspect ratio. This film was definitely shot at 1.66.

Blow-up Censorship on DVDs issue HERE.

 - Gary W. Tooze




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Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Warner Home Video - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)
 

 

Warner (Japan) - Region 2,3,4 - NTSC

 


 

Subtitle Sample

 

1) Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner Home Video - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Warner (Japan) - Region 2,3,4 - NTSC - BOTTOM

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1) Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner Home Video - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Warner (Japan) - Region 2,3,4 - NTSC - BOTTOM

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Is this Edge Enhancement on the Region 2 DVD ?

 


1) Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner Home Video - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Warner (Japan) - Region 2,3,4 - NTSC - BOTTOM

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1) Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner Home Video - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Warner (Japan) - Region 2,3,4 - NTSC - BOTTOM

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1) Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner Home Video - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Warner (Japan) - Region 2,3,4 - NTSC - BOTTOM

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1) Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner Home Video - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Warner (Japan) - Region 2,3,4 - NTSC - BOTTOM

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1) Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner Home Video - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) Warner (Japan) - Region 2,3,4 - NTSC - BOTTOM

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Warner (Japan) - Region 2,3,4 - NTSC (optical censoring on bottom)


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Image:

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Sound:

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Extras: tie

 


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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 1 - NTSC

Warner Home Video
Region 2 - PAL

Warner (Japan)

Region 2,3,4 - NTSC




 

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