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Waterfront aka "Waterfront Women" [Blu-ray]
(Michael Anderson, 1950)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Paul Soskin Productions
Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 17,871,884,635 bytes
Feature Size: 17,562,034,176 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: March 2nd, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
• Original Pressbook PDF
Description: This outstanding drama traces the turbulent
life of a seaman brutalised by a life of hard work and hard
drinking, and the challenges facing the three children he
abandons as they struggle to make their way in
Depression-era Liverpool. Featuring powerful performances
from Robert Newton, Susan Shaw, Kathleen Harrison and a
young Richard Burton appearing here in only his third film
Waterfront is presented in a brand-new High
Definition transfer from the original film elements in its
as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
A good-for-nothing sailor walks out on his young family leaving them to fend for themselves in the Liverpool slums. They make a go of their lives and the eldest daughter, now a woman, is none too pleased at her father's attempted return.
Adapted from the novel by John Brophy, this kitchen-sink melodrama is
set amongst the slums of Liverpool’s docklands.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Waterfront gets a single-layered transfer to Blu-ray from Network in the UK. I appreciated the rich black levels and assume the source had serviceable density, although there are hints of digital manipulation and I noticed some signs of, unfortunate, edge enhancement halos. They didn't bother me though. The 1080P supports solid contrast and impressive texture with a fairly flat appearance in the 1.33:1 frame. It's very clean with only a few speckles. I noticed no unsightly artifacts or noise. This Blu-ray from a good source supplies a watchable HD video presentation of a 65-year old film.
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We get a standard linear PCM 2.0 channel mono at 1536 kbps. The source does have some weakness sounding a bit scratchy early on, but once it settled I never noticed it again. I don't recall any score, although we do get Liszt's Les Preludes by The London Symphony Orchestra at the theatre sequence. It has a bit of crispness and depth in the uncompressed. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.
Nothing but an image gallery with some behind the scenes photos and posters and in the root of the disc you can access a PDF of the original Pressbook. I would have liked more but the film appears to have been 'off the radar' for a long time with very few reviews on the Net.
March 11th, 2015
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 5000 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
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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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