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Cease Fire (3D and 2D) [Blu-ray]
(Owen Crump, 1953)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Kino Lorber
Disc Size: 26,447,322,546 bytes
Feature Size: 24,157,587,456 bytes
Video Bitrate: 23.24 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: November 21st, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2135 kbps 3.0 / 48 kHz / 2135 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1841 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1841 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• Burned-in English for brief Korean
•General Mark W. Clark introductions for premiere engagements (1:20)
• Restored three-channel stereophonic sound
• Original Theatrical Trailer (2:31)
• 'An In-Depth Look at CEASE FIRE' - Essay by Ted Okuda
Description: Newly Restored in HD and 3-D from 2K Scans! One of the most unusual 3-D movies ever made, Cease Fire! began as an idea by director Owen Crump, who in the 40s scripted military-themed short films for Warner Brothers and later on produced the documentary short One Who Came Back, about the air evacuation of wounded U.S. soldiers who fought in the Korean War. Crump approached producer Hal B. Wallis (Casablanca), an old friend from his Warner Brothers days with his concept for Cease Fire! Most 3-D movies of the era used the format to accentuate and exaggerate artifice. Cease Fire! is the rare production to employ the stereoscopic process to heighten reality, emphasizing the brutality of combat, the vastness of a cold, unfamiliar terrain and the isolation felt by a patrol of valiant fighting men. Part documentary, part drama and part cinéma vérité, Cease Fire! still remains a unique and remarkable achievement in filmmaking. Cease Fire! was restored by the 3-D Film Archive.
Documentary filmmaker Owen Crump went "on the line" with the American peace-keeping troops during the Korean Conflict of 1950-53. Without editorializing, Crump managed to convey the frustrations and futility of this notorious "peace action." To a man, those interviewed sound upbeat and optimistic, but they can't hide those haunted looks in their eyes. Much of the footage in Cease Fire has found its way into countless Korean War TV documentaries since 1953. Given the excellence and balance of the footage, it is a shame that Owen Crump's name is not more widely known.Excerpt from B+N located HERE
A robust, hair-raising realization
of the ruggedness of the foot soldiers war in the ugly hills of Korea is
provided in Owen Crump's "Cease Fire!" a shot-on-the-spot battle
drama that opened last night at the Criterion. Filmed in the
three-dimensional process, which is superfluous and annoying, in this
case, it is an admirable job of screen reporting, a match in the
fact-fiction field to the official combat documentary, "This Is Korea."
released two years ago.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Firstly, this Kino Lorber Blu-ray package offers both the 3D and 2D (Standard) versions of the film, Cease Fire. We will only review the 2D version here although I did briefly sample the 3D on a friend's system.
NOTE: The menu offers an option for both 3-D and 2-D playback, but when this disc is viewed on a regular 2-D monitor and 2-D Blu-ray player, the 3-D version is prohibited showing this screen:
TheBlu-ray image is mostly reasonable with occasional inconsistencies - sometimes looking acceptably crisp and bright and others times archival footage is used that looks, predictably worn with speckles. Contrast is nicely layered in spots with deep black levels. There are some pleasing grain textures and it is in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio. The captures below should provide a good representation of the image quality.
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Kino give the option of DTS-HD Master tracks at 2135 kbps for the 3.0 channel or a 2.0 channel mono - both 24-bit. There is some depth in the artillery fire, tanks, helicopter, and explosions and the restored three-channel stereophonic sound is more buoyant - and it's nice to have that, more robust, option.Dimitri Tiomkin (Angel Face, Strangers on a Train, The Men, Dial M For Murder, The Thing From Another World etc. etc.) has his (We Are) Brothers in Arms utilized throughout, plus there is Battle Hymn of the Republic with new lyrics by Owen Crump, sung by soldiers during a march. The audio has some inconsistencies and may be post DUB'ed but dialogue is discernable. There are a few times when English subtitles are shown when the Korean-langiage is heard.
We get an introduction by General Mark W. Clark shown in the premiere engagements, and optional in 3D - as are trailers and the package has an essay by Ted Okuda entitled 'An In-Depth Look at CEASE FIRE'.
November 3rd, 2017