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directed by Howard Hawks
USA 1946

 

L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) takes on a blackmail case...and follows a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich and more. But Raymond Chandler's legendary gumshoe solves it in hard-boiled style - and style is what The Big Sleep is all about. Director Howard Hawks serves up snappy character encounters, brisk pace and atmosphere galore. Classic Noir !

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Theatrical Release: 31 August 1946

 

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Warner Home Video - Region 1- NTSC vs. Warner Archive - Region FREE - Blu-ray

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Big thanks to Vincent Lacomme for the DVD Review!

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Region 1 - NTSC

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Blu-ray
Runtime 1:53:51 1:53:55.829
Video

1.33 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4,21 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 40,804,292,524 bytes

Feature Size: 29,628,346,368 bytes

Total Bitrate: 29.94 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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 (2.0 mono)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1562 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1562 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUBs:

Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio German 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Polish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB

Subtitles English, French, none English (SDH), Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Polish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33

Edition Details:
• Cast & Crew
• 1945/1946 comparison (16:31) (no subtitles)
• Behind the scenes - Production notes (8 pages)
• Theatrical trailer (1:52) (no subtitles)

DVD Release Date: February 15th, 2000
Snap Case

Chapters 32

Release Information:
Studio:
Warner

 

Disc Size: 40,804,292,524 bytes

Feature Size: 29,628,346,368 bytes

Total Bitrate: 29.94 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
 1945 Alternate Version (1:56:18 - 8 M 480i)

 1945/1946 comparison (35:59)

 Introduction by Robert Gitt (1:14)

  Trailer (1:50)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: February 23rd, 2016
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Chapters 32

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Warner Archive - Region FREE - Blu-ray February 16': Just look at those black levels and the grain. Warner go dual-layered and it looks rich and ravishing. It looks marvelous flirting with moiring.

Warner remain authentic with a DTS-HD Master track at 1562 kbps (24-bit). It sounds predictably flat but clean showing a smattering of depth in the gunplay effects and the Max Steiner score (Casablanca, The Caine Mutiny, Bird of Paradise, Beyond the Forest, Pursued etc. etc.) sounds appropriately dramatic and marvelous in lossless. There are some foreign-language, lossy, DUBs. The Warner Blu-ray disc offers subtitles in English (SDH) and a few foreign languages, and is region FREE.

We again get the, almost 2-hour, 1945 alternate version (only in 480i, though) and the excellent, extensive, comparison (longer than the original DVD one) and short intro by Robert Gitt. Plus a trailer.

Don't hesitate - the luscious video is as seductive as Lauren Bacall and the audio adds another layer of prime home theatre viewing. I've already watched the 1080P twice. My gripe: couldn't Warner find the cash to add a few new extras? maybe a commentary? Anyway, our highest recommendation.

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ON THE DVD: Image quality of this DVD is acceptable. 1946 theatrical version (Side A) is included with the less-familiar 1945 prerelease version (Side B). Shadow detail and black levels are strong. Sharpness is adequate and there is visible film grain. Subtitles are well done. Bravo to Warner to include both releases. If we are looking for a re-release- perhaps a commentary and a slight tightening of the image would be in order. No likely to see anytime before HD DVD though.

- Gary Tooze

 

 





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