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The Pride and the Passion [Blu-ray]
(Stanley Kramer, 1957)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Stanley Kramer Productions
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,165,986,761 bytes
Feature Size: 24,041,256,960 bytes
Video Bitrate: 20.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: August 16th, 2016
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1989 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1989 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• English (SDH), None
Description: "Cary Grant (North
by Northwest), Frank Sinatra (From
Here to Eternity) and Sophia Loren (Two
Women) set the screen ablaze with a burning passion
in director Stanley Kramer's (Judgment
at Nuremberg) epic The Pride and the Passion.
As was his custom, producer/director Stanley Kramer made some iconoclastic casting decisions when mounting his $5 million production The Pride and the Passion. Adapted from The Gun, a novel by C. S. Forester, the film is set in Spain during the Napoleonic wars. Captain Anthony Trumbull (Cary Grant), a British military officer, is ordered to retrieve a large and unwieldly abandoned cannon, then transport the weapon to the British lines, where it will be used to attack the French garrison at Avila. Hotheaded guerilla leader Miguel (Frank Sinatra) agrees to help Trumball move the cannon over hill and dale, even though he hates the Englishman's guts. Tagging along on the arduous odysseys is Miguel's fiery mistress Juana (Sophia Loren), who develops a yearning for the stolid Trundall (then-lovers Loren and Grant would later be teamed in Houseboat). Pride and the Passion made a mint at the box-office for both Kramer and United Artists.Excerpt from B+N located HERE
Based on The Gun, C.S. Forester's 1933 novel, The
Pride and the Passion (1957) is a film epic of monumental
proportions which is remembered by film historians and moviegoers for
all the wrong reasons. Director/Producer Stanley Kramer has referred to
it as his most difficult and disappointing experience and in his
A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Harcourt, Brace & Co.), he provides
some fascinating details about the troubled production from the
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Pride and the Passion comes to Olive Blu-ray in a dual-layered, 1080P transfer with their uncharacteristic low bitrate. The visuals are reasonable but not overwhelming. The image is heavy and flat while colors carry a richness and depth. It looks consistent but unremarkable in-motion with no flagrant damage or speckles. I see no evidence of manipulation or noise but it is in the bastardized 1.78:1 aspect ratio. This Blu-ray gives a reasonable presentation with it's major attribute over SD being how the colors are exported even though they can shift (fade and bleed) in a few spots.
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The DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1989 kbps (24-bit) sounds clean with a few richer moments in pushing the film's less frequent effects and depth. The score by George Antheil (In a Lonely Place,Make Way for Tomorrow (1937), Sirocco (1951), House by the River (1950) Tokyo Joe (1949) and other Ray films, including, Knock on Any Door (1949) along with Rule, Britannia! which is a kind of theme music to the film. There are optional English (SDH) subtitles (sample above) and my Oppo has identified it as being region 'A'-locked.
No extras whatsoever. It's possible there isn't anyone saying anything remotely positive about the film to add as a supplement.
October 6th, 2016
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.
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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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