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directed by Lewis Milestone
USA 1930

 

Relive the drama, conflict and power of one of the most influential anti-war films ever made, All Quiet on the Western Front, featuring a new restoration from the original film negatives to showcase stunning picture and sound in celebration of Universal's 100th Anniversary. The studio's first Best Picture Academy AwardŽ winner follows a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their patriotism is destroyed by the harsh realities of combat. The hard-hitting, timeless masterpiece returns with stunning visual enhancement to its deserving place in film history.

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Set during WWI and told from the German point of view, the story centers on Paul Baumer (Lew Ayres). A sensitive youth, Baumer is recruited by a war-mongering professor (Arnold Lucy) advocating "glory for the Fatherland." Paul and his friends enlist and are trained by Himmelstoss (John Wray), a kindly postmaster turned brutal corporal, then sent to the front lines to taste battle, blood, and death. Paul comes under the protective wing of an old veteran, Katczinsky (Louis Wolheim), who teaches him how to survive the horrors of war.

The film is emotionally draining, and so realistic that it will be forever etched in the mind of any viewer. Milestone's direction is frequently inspired, most notably during the battle scenes. In one such scene, the camera serves as a kind of machine gun, shooting down the oncoming troops as it glides along the trenches. Universal spared no expense during production, converting more than 20 acres of a large California ranch into battlefields occupied by more than 2,000 ex-servicemen extras. After its initial release, some foreign countries refused to run the film. Poland banned it for being pro-German, while the Nazis labeled it anti-German. Joseph Goebbels, later propaganda minister, publicly denounced the film.

Excerpt from TV Guide located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: April 21st, 1930

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Comparison: 

Universal - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Universal (Cinema Classics) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Universal (Collector's Series) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

1) Universal - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT

2) Universal (Cinema Classics) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Universal (Collector's Series) - Region FREE - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

Box Cover

NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Distribution

Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal (Cinema Classics)

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal (100th Anniversary Collection Series))

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Runtime 2:11:08 2:13:28 2:13:25.038

Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.34 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.41 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 41,054,005,352 bytes

Feature Size: 31,572,965,376 bytes

Average Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4- AVC

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

Bitrate : Universal (original release)

Bitrate: Universal (Cinema Classics)

Bitrate: Universal Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono) English (Dolby Digital 1.0) DTS-HD Master Audio English 1828 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1828 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None English, None English (SDH), French, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Universal

Aspect Ratio:
Full screen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• production notes

• trailer

• 'text cast and filmmaker pages

DVD Release Date: 1999
Keep case

Chapters 14

Release Information:
Studio: Universal (Cinema Classics)
 

Aspect Ratio:
Full screen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Robert Osborne introduction
• Trailer
 

DVD Release Date: February 6th, 2007
Keep Case

Chapters 14

Release Information:
Studio: Universal (Collector's Series)
 

 

Disc Size: 41,054,005,352 bytes

Feature Size: 31,572,965,376 bytes

Average Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4- AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Robert Osborne introduction (2:40 in 480i)

• 'Silent Version' (2:12:54 in 480i)
• Trailer (2:30)

• 100 Years of Restoring Classics (9:15 in 1080P)

• 100 Years of Academy Award Winners (9:35 in 1080P)

• D-Box Motion Controls / My Scenes

DVD of Feature (Silent version not included)

40-Page Book with rare movie memorabilia reproductions
 

Blu-ray Release Date: February 14th, 2012
Digibook Blu-ray Case

Chapters 18

 

Comments:

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

 

ADDITION: Universal - Region FREE- Blu-ray (February 12'): Firstly, I had an issue with getting the exact frame on all screen grab matches - a few are off - because of the timeline bar was not removable on 'pause'.

I don't, at all, discount some digitization utilized - but this looks like a major improvement. We get significantly more information in the frame on the left edge. There is a touch of gloss and we seem to lose some of the grain (which I would expect to be more prominent) but the image quality is unbelievable taking into consideration the age of All Quiet on the Western Front. It is quite a bit darker but sharpness improves even more than in the remarkable 2007 DVD. Wow. Damage is extensively lessened and it looks very smooth (maybe too smooth for some). There are plenty of sequences of depth - and it is another facet of this incredible film that seems to defy age.

The DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1828 kbps is a step-up as well. the film suffers most from its production roots but I don't doubt that this is the best we will be able to hear it. There is even some surprising depth in the many battle sequences. There are optional subtitles and I determine it to be region FREE playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

Extras include the previous 3-minute video used as Robert Osborne's introduction with appropriate glowing praise. Universal have also included the, over 2-hour, 'Silent Version'. This is transferred in 480i and not up to visual impressiveness with the talkie version - but it is a formidable curiosity piece to add to the supplements. There is a Trailer and two featurette pieces - one on 100 Years of Restoring Classics with mention of All Quiet on the Western Front - also in 100 Years of Academy Award Winners. Both these pieces last about 9-minutes each and are in HD. The disc has D-Box Motion Controls and 'My Scenes' capability and the handsome 40-Page Digi-Book package with rare movie memorabilia reproductions also contains an updated-transferred DVD of Feature.

Without pulling out the magnifying glass - this has incredibly impressive visual qualities and remains a masterpiece film. The screen captures should make up most people's minds - I was mesmerized through my viewing. This film will always be strongly recommeneded!

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ON THE DVDs: Wow - this is quite an incredible difference. It is a marvelous triumph - a wonderful surprise. The Cinema Classics edition is vastly improved over the original Universal release. Extensively sharper, better contrast etc. The image is like night and day. I can't add much that simply viewing the screen captures below. I also suspect that audio sounds clearer to my crusty ears - it is better than I remember hearing ever before.

I can't speculate on why the newer release is 2 minutes longer, but it is obviously a better/restored print (restored version: Library of Congress). The old starts with the British censors certification (see below) where the new does not. The old single-layered DVD gave us a trailer and some production notes and bio text screens - where the new has a 2 minute Robert Osborne intro and a trailer.

This film, a bit heavy-handed, is a must-own and a totally unforgettable film experience. The new Cinema Classics DVD is ridiculously reasonable at the price it is being offered. STRONGLY recommended!    

 - Gary Tooze

 


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Universal (Collector's Series) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 


The original DVD film presentation starts with the Film Censors certification, but the Cinema Classics does not

 

 

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Subtitle Sample: Not exact frame

 

 


 

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2) Universal (Cinema Classics) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Universal (Collector's Series) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Universal - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Universal (Cinema Classics) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Universal (Collector's Series) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Universal - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Universal (Cinema Classics) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Universal (Collector's Series) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


 

1) Universal - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Universal (Cinema Classics) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Universal (Collector's Series) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Universal - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Universal (Cinema Classics) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Universal (Collector's Series) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Universal - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Universal (Cinema Classics) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Universal (Collector's Series) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Universal - Region 1 - NTSC TOP

2) Universal (Cinema Classics) - Region 1 - NTSC MIDDLE

3) Universal (Collector's Series) - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

Report Card:

 

Image:

Blu-ray

Sound:

Blu-ray

Extras: Blu-ray

 
Box Cover

NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Distribution

Universal

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal (Cinema Classics)

Region 1 - NTSC

Universal (100th Anniversary Collection Series))

Region FREE - Blu-ray


 



 

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