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directed by Arthur Hiller
USA 19
64

U.S. Navy honchos in World War II London have a humdinger of a war on their hands. Now they need a hero to go with it. They want the first American fatality of D-Day to be a sailor, to glorify the navy's effort. Victor/Victoria's Julie Andrews and James Garner headline this earlier milestone comedy from screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky (Network) and director Arthur Hiller (also teamed later on The Hospital). Garner plays Charlie Madison, an officer who cares nothing about glory. That attracts war widow Emily Barham (Andrews), who's had her fill of seeing men go to war and never return. But the pair's culture-clash romance is in peril when Charlie sees that the line to become the navy's defunct hero forms behind him. Your line for hilarious antiwar satire and life-affirming love forms here!  

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Theatrical Premiere:  October 27th, 1964

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Distribution Warner - Region 1,2,3,4- NTSC Warner Archive
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Runtime 1:54:36  1:54:43.877
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.12 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 
1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray
Disc Size: 34,123,847,668 bytes
Feature: 31,286,919,168 bytes
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

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

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Bitrate: Blu-ray

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Mono) DTS-HD Master Audio English 2113 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2113 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary: DTS-HD Master Audio English 2109 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2109 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None English (SDH), None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warner

 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
Commentary by Director Arthur Hiller
Featurette Action on the Beach (6:01)
Theatrical trailer (2:39)

DVD Release Date: May 10th, 2005
Keep Case
Chapters: 29

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Archive Collection

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray
Disc Size: 34,123,847,668 bytes
Feature: 31,286,919,168 bytes
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
Total Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
Commentary by Director Arthur Hiller
Featurette Action on the Beach (6:02)
Theatrical trailer (2:41)


Blu-ray Release Date:
March 11th, 2014
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray - October 14': Firstly, The Americanization of Emily is a first rate comedy with a dark edge. We've already reviewed the wonderful Controversial Classics DVD Boxset - Blackboard Jungle (1955), A Face in the Crowd (1957), Fury (1936), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), Advise and Consent (1962), The Americanization of Emily (1964) and I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) - HEREThe new 1080P Blu-ray advances in the expected areas. It is housed on a dual-layered MoD disc with about 5X the bitrate of the SD. As always this will look better, than the DVD, the larger your system. It doesn't look radically different but with the higher resolution the contrast is improved with more layers, the image is brighter with some depth and some texture is peeking through.

The audio is transferred via a DTS-HD Master stereo at 2113 kbps.  Benefitting is Johnny Mandel's (Pretty Poison, Point Blank, Deathtrap, M*A*S*H, That Cold Day in the Park, Heaven with a Gun etc.) light score balanced nicely between romance and drama. There are optional English subtitles, in a gaudy yellow font, and the Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray disc is region FREE

Extras match the, 2005-released, DVD with a commentary by director Arthur Hiller, a 6-minute featurette entitled Action on the Beach in the location of the film shooting with some behind the scenes footage and, lastly, a theatrical trailer.

Excellent film but I'd only recommend to those who don't already own the Controversial Classics package or are extra sensitive about the a/v quality. It's not a film I will revisit often - but there are many in the DVD boxset that I do (Blackboard Jungle, Fury, and Bad Day at Black Rock being three).   

Gary W. Tooze





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