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(aka 'Judgement at Nuremberg ')

directed by Stanley Kramer
USA 1961

Producer-director Stanley Kramer’s Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), considered by many to be the legendary filmmaker’s masterpiece, is a grave, near-documentary attempt to deal with the Holocaust, war crimes, the complex moral-political impact of the Nuremberg Trials, and the very nature of justice, itself. With a thoughtful, intelligent screenplay by Abby Mann (based on his own award-winning Playhouse 90 television play), the film features wrenching performances by Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Maximilian Schell, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Montgomery Clift, and Judy Garland.

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It's been three years since the most prominent Nazi leaders were put on trail. This is about four judges who used their offices to conduct Nazi sterilization and 'cleansing' policies. A retired American Judge, Dan Haywood (Spencer Tracy), is the leader of the tribunal. As the Cold War heats up everyone is aware of the sensitivity of the circumstances. This film is about how the cards were played.

 

This is a relevant piece of cinematic history which helps to detail some of the brutalities of war. Kramer makes a masterful and well-balanced examination of the details of Nuremberg. Certainly a must-see for everyone.

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Theatrical Release: December 14th, 1961 - West Germany

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also available in a Region 'B' European Blu-ray edition:

Distribution MGM - Region 1- NTSC Twilight Time
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Runtime 3:06:12

3:10:20.283 (with Overture, Intermission, Entre' act and Exit Music)

2:59:10 (without)

Video 1:62:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.56 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

Disc Size: 42,434,011,739 bytes

Feature Size: 39,084,613,632 bytes

Average Bitrate: 16.97 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate Blu-ray :

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)   DTS-HD Master Audio English 3729 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3729 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
* DTS-HD Master Audio English 1043 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1043 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score: DTS-HD Master Audio English 3718 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3718 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None English (SDH), None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.62:1

Edition Details:

• In Conversation ; Abby Mann and Maximilian Schelll (19:33)
• The Value of a Single Human Being (5:58)
• A Tribute to Stanley Kramer (13:22)
• Photo Gallery (extensive - divided into 5 categories)
• Theatrical Trailer (3:00)

• MGM Trailers 93)

DVD Release Date: September 7th, 2004

Keep Case
Chapters: 36

Release Information:
Studio:
Twilight Time

 

Disc Size: 42,434,011,739 bytes

Feature Size: 39,084,613,632 bytes

Average Bitrate: 16.97 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Isolated Music & Effects Track
• In Conversation with Abby Mann and Maximilian Schell (19:38)
• The Value of a Single Human Being (6:03)
• A Tribute to Stanley Kramer (14:27)
• Original Theatrical Trailer (3:00)
• Extensive Julie Kirgo liner notes

• Limited to 3,000 copies!

Blu-ray Release Date: November, 2014
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Twilight Time Blu-ray - November 14': Seeing as the 2004 DVD is non-anamorphic - it would appear, on many HD systems, as a letterboxed rectangle - framed by thick black bars - making the new Twilight Time Blu-ray even more desirable with its 1080P resolution. The 3-hour feature takes up almost 40 Gig, but because of the film length has only a modest bitrate. Still it is easy to see the superiority with more layered contrast and textured grain, plus the 1.65:1 image shows some pleasing depth. The menu gives the option of playing with the Overture, Intermission, Entr'acte and Exit music (in 5.1 only) or without. So you may have surround, original 1.0 channel mono or an isolated score (also in 5.1) - all three in lossless. A solid score by Ernest Gold (Cross of Iron, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, On the Beach, The Secret of Santa Vittoria) and it seems to benefit from the uncompressed rendering sounding subtly impacting. Twilight Tome offers optional English subtitles on their region FREE Blu-ray.

Supplements mimic the DVD with the 20 minute conversation with Abby Mann and Maximilian Schell, the 6-minute The Value of a Single Human Being featurette and a 1/4 of an hour Tribute to Stanley Kramer. There is a trailer and the package, limited to 3,000 copies includes extensive Julie Kirgo liner notes.

Not much more to say - Kramer fans don't need my endorsement - this is a fairly easy decision - and we encourage a purchase. It actually may be one of those that go out of print fast (only a guess) - so if you were keen no sense in waiting. 

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ON THE DVD: The image is quite good considering it is not anamorphic-ally enhanced. Sharp, great contrast and a little film grain peeking through. The 5.1 audio mix is wasted as the film's content does not warrant it - so stick with the original mono. Great extras, gaudy yellow subtitles.  

Gary W. Tooze




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