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Alambrista Blu-ray

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¡Alambrista! / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1977 | 97 min | Not rated | Apr 17, 2012

Alambrista (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.67:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Audio
Spanish: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region A (locked)

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 3.8 of 53.8
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Alambrista

 (1977)

Alambrista Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

When an eager youth illegally crosses the U.S./Mexican border to find a new life in the promised land--where he must prove himself to be the "man of his family"--what awaits him is heartbreak and exploitation.

For more about Alambrista and the Alambrista Blu-ray release, see Alambrista Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Domingo Ambriz, Trinidad Silva, Linda Gillen, Jerry Hardin, Edward James Olmos, Ned Beatty
Director: Robert M. Young

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Alambrista Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.66:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Robert M. Young's ¡Alambrista! arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the leaflet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"Approved by director Robert M. Young, this new high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine from a 35mm blow-up interpositive made from the original 16mm A/B negatives. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, and warps were manually removed using MTI's DRS, while Image System's Phoenix was used for small dirt and grain reduction.

Colorists: Lee Kline/Criterion, New York; Jane Tomachyov/DuArt, New York."

The basics are certainly very good, though a new high-definition transfer struck from a new master prepared directly from the original negative would have likely produced a marginally tighter color scheme and an even thicker grain structure. Nevertheless, the image still has the proper thickness and fine natural colors 16mm films boast. Contrast is also stable, while clarity, especially during panoramic vistas (see screencapture #13), very pleasing. More importantly, however, there are no traces of problematic post-production digital tinkering. Specifically, there are no traces of sharpening corrections or severe denoising. There are no serious stability issues to report in this review either. This being said, some tiny flecks occasionally pop up here and there (see screencapture #8), but are never overly distracting. All in all, this is a fine presentation that should please fans of this unique American film. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Alambrista Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: Spanish LPCM 2.0 (with portions of English dialog). For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature. However, they appear only when Spanish is spoken.

The following text appears inside the leaflet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"The original stereo soundtrack was remastered at 24-bit from the original magnetic tracks. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated workstation."

The press materials I received note the presence of a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track, but what is on the disc is in fact an LPCM 2.0 track. Generally speaking, the lossless track serves the film well -- admittedly, it does have a rather limited dynamic amplitude, but the audio has very pleasing depth and fluidity. Additionally, the audio is consistently crisp and free of problematic distortions. There are no sync issues, pops, or dropouts.



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