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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [Blu-ray]
(Ken Hughes, 1968)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: United Artists
Video: 20th Century Fox
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 43,828,879,754 bytes
Feature Size: 38,386,538,496 bytes
Video Bitrate: 20.74 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case with cardboard sleeve
Release date: November 2nd, 2010
Aspect ratio: 2.20:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 4524 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 4524 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio German 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Italian 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Japanese 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Russian 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio Polish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Czech 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Thai 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
English (SDH), Chinese (traditional and simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, none
Description: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls - start your engines. You're about to take an incredible ride with one of the most wonderful family films of all time! With its clever tunes (including the OSCAR-Nominated title song), marvelous cast and enchanting storyline, this delightful romp is lots of fun and simply "toot sweet" to pass up! Dick Van Dyke stars as eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, who creates an extraordinary car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It not only drives - but also flies and floats - as it leads him, his two children and his beautiful lady friend, Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), into a magical world of pirates, castles and endless adventure..
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang entranced and thrilled children and their
parents when it puttered into the cinema in 1968. More than three
decades later, and despite the eventual arrival of a stage version that
throws the full weight of blockbuster effects at the story, the original
remains the real thing for fans of all ages. The flying car is the star
and it's impossible not to feel a surge of thrilling relief as the wings
kick in when she plunges over the cliff and soars off on her great
adventure. The songs might not be the greatest in musical history, but
they are delivered with great charm by Dick Van Dyke as Caractacus Potts
(a toned-down version of his infamous Bert in
Mary Poppins), Sally Ann
Howes (Truly Scrumptious) and the children.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang looks pretty smooth on Blu-ray from Fox. It seems as strong as 1080P renderings of South Pacific or The Sound of Music in terms of detail. I don't have a DVD to compare but colors seem to lean to earthy browns but the image is very bright and seamless. I don't see a lot of textured grain and that and the noise can look a bit blotchy when I zoom in extensively. I've been led to believe this was a product of Lowery Digital - and not unlike the vintage Bonds to Blu-ray (by the way also an Ian Fleming original novel and Albert R. Broccoli produced) these look vastly superior to what SD-DVD could relate. It is super-clean, very tight with strong contrast levels. There is a bit of depth and the 40-year old effects blend pretty well (give and take here, folks) and the higher resolution doesn't expose those effects or make-up the way we have seen with some older films or TV. This Blu-ray probably looks close to what was seen theatrically although I don't discount some reasonably imperceptible DNR usage although I can't say it effected by film experience. Most fans will be thrilled with the appearance.
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Like The Sound of Music we get another impressive DTS-HD Master 7.1 at 4524 kbps. The songs sound toe-tappingly fabulous and while range is not the biggest proponent (although when it does separate - it is very cool!) - this track has some real depth. There is nothing tinny or overly heavy (bass) - it just sounds solid as a rock and pretty crisp.There are a ton of foreign language DUBs and subtitle options and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
What can one say about the supplements - again Fox has gone above and beyond with some BD bells and whistles including the “Toot Sweet Symphony” melody maker – the Toot Sweet Toots Musical Maestro and an all-new “Chitty Chitty’s, Bang Bang, Driving Game” that I haven't let my kids indulge in yet. There is over 1 1/2 hours of featurettes like - 'Remembering Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with Dick Van Dyke, “A Fantasmagorical Motorcar” some Sherman Brothers' rare demos of the film’s popular songs and the three vintage featurettes including, “The Ditchling Tinkerer” (10:07), a “Dick Van Dyke Press Interview” (8:49) and “The Potts Children's Featurette” (3:06). There is a Photo Gallery that I had a bit of trouble operating and plus the Sing-a-long version running with the film (or the option to play just the songs individually) and the "Music Machine" feature (44:22) also found on The Sound of Music Blu-ray. You also get a second disc DVD with the film.
October 25th, 2010
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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