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Ashes and Diamonds Blu-ray

United Kingdom
Popiól i diament / Blu-ray + DVD Arrow | 1958 | 104 min | Rated BBFC: 12 | Oct 27, 2011

Ashes and Diamonds (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.64:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Audio
Polish: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
DVD copy

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region free

Price
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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 2.0 of 52.0
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Drama100%
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Ashes and Diamonds

 (1958)

Ashes and Diamonds Blu-ray offers solid video and great audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

Maciek, a young Resistance fighter, is ordered to kill Szczuka, a Communist district leader, on the last day of World War II. Though killing has been easy for him in the past, Szczuka was a fellow soldier, and Maciek must decide whether to follow his orders.

For more about Ashes and Diamonds and the Ashes and Diamonds Blu-ray release, see Ashes and Diamonds Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Adam Pawlikowski, Bogumil Kobiela
Director: Andrzej Wajda

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Ashes and Diamonds Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.64:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Andrzej Wajda's Ashes and Diamonds arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Arrow Films.

Recently restored in 2K, the film's transition to Blu-ray is rather pleasing. Detail is mostly good, but some partial noise corrections have been applied. Interestingly enough, the most obvious ones appear early into the film (see screencapture #8) and seem to affect a couple of daylight scenes. Later on (see screencaptures #1 and 4) they become more subtle and light grain is quite easy to spot. Contrast levels and clarity are pleasing, especially during the nighttime sequences, which are not overly impressive on Criterion's R1 SDVD release of the film. The color-scheme is stable and convincing. Edge-enhancement is not a serious issue of concern. I also did not see any traces of severe artifacting or strong aliasing patterns. There are no serious stability issues and blown through a digital projector the image conveys satisfactory fluidity. (Note: This is a Region-Free Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you will be able to play it on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location. For the record, there is no PAL or 1080/50i content preceding the disc's main menu).


Ashes and Diamonds Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: Polish LPCM 2.0. For the record, Arrow Films have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature.

The Polish LPCM 2.0 track is pleasing. Predictably, its dynamic amplitude is quite limited, but there is good depth is missing from the lossy track found on the Criterion SDVD release of the film (this is especially obvious during the short vocal performance in the bar). Additionally, the dialog is crisp, clean, stable, and easy to follow. I also did detect any pops, cracks, excessive hiss, or audio dropouts to report in this review.



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Andrzej Wajda's Ashes and Diamonds Detailed - August 14, 2011

Independent British distributors Arrow Films are set to release on Blu-ray acclaimed Polish director Andrzej Wajda's Popiól i diament a.k.a Ashes and Diamonds. In 1959, the film won FIPRESCI Prize at the Venice Film Festival. Street date is September 12th.


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