S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
(John Guillermin, 1965)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Video: Twilight Time
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 22,984,343,398 bytes
Feature Size: 22,972,778,496 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.03 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December, 2011
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1579 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1579 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1057 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1057 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
• Isolated Score Track
• Julie Kirgo liner notes
Description: Agnes, a lonely teenage girl, and her father befriend an escaped convict, named Joseph, who arrives at their farm in Brittany, France. When Joseph develops an attraction to Agnes, her father threatens to break up the union.
“Movie-making at its best…spellbinding. Something very fine, the likes
of which are rare in this era.” — New York Daily News
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Like the Blu-ray of Fright Night by Twilight Time this is also limited to 3,000 copies. Unfortunately there are some sequences with edge-enhancement halos (see sample below) and while not blanketed across the entire transfer does give evidence of making the image quality appear unnaturally thin. If you can get past that - it actually looks okay - reminding me of the richly-layered black-and-white BFI transfer of The Innocents. This is only single-layered with an acceptable bitrate. Daylight scenes are impressive but perhaps due to the manipulation (or maybe it is on the source print) it is fairly flat. This Blu-ray has some good grain showing through and I generally like it if the EE was less visible. Most probably won't be dissuaded. I had never seen the film before and was glad this Blu-ray gave me the opportunity.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Zoomed-in: Edge Enhancement halos visible
No boost going on here - Twilight Time supply a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel stereo at 1579 kbps that gets the job done with no muss or fuss. The original music by Georges Delerue adds a whole intriguing layer onto the film but doesn't test the lossless rendering much. There were no fatal flaws that I cold detect and there are no subtitles offered.My Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
The only supplements are access to the Isolated Score via an uncompressed transfer and the box has some excellent Julie Kirgo liner notes.
December 12th, 2011
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.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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