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Band of Outsiders Blu-ray

United States
Bande à part / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1964 | 95 min | Not rated | May 07, 2013

Band of Outsiders (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
French: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English

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

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 4.2 of 54.2
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Crime6%
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Band of Outsiders

 (1964)

Band of Outsiders Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Three young people, Odile, Arthur and Frantz meet up at an English language class and become instant friends. They share an interest in literature and crime fiction. When Odile reveals that the house she is staying is loaded with loot, the three friends decide to stage a robbery. Of course, it all goes horribly wrong...

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

Starring: Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Danièle Girard, Sami Frey
Narrator: Jean-Luc Godard
Director: Jean-Luc Godard

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Band of Outsiders Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Jean-Luc Godard's Band of Outsiders arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of French distributors Gaumont.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray release:

"This digital master came from a restoration undertaken by Gaumont in 2010. For the restoration, a high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine from a 35mm composite fine grain at Eclair Laboratories in Epinay-sur-Seine, France. The original monaural soundtrack was restored from a 35mm optical soundtrack positive.

Transfer supervisor: Ronald Boullet/Eclair Laboratories, Epinay-sur-Seine, France.
Colorist: Hedi Nakkaa/Eclair Laboratories, Epinay-sur-Seine, France."

This new release of Band of Outsiders, which uses as a foundation Gaumont's recent restoration of the film, confirms that various light denoising corrections were performed on the high-definition transfer the French release uses (read our review of Gaumont's release here). The effects of these corrections were extremely easy to see during a number of close-ups. On the French release there are also various traces of light sharpening corrections, many of which are indeed quite distracting. The same denoising and sharpening corrections do not appear on the Criterion release. For example, compare screencapture #13 with screencapture #9 from our review of the French release where the denoising is quite obvious. Now compare screenapture #12 with screencapture #8 from our review of the French release where the sharpening corrections are quite prominent. More importantly, the smearing (light motion blur) from the French release is also missing. Contrast and color saturation, however, are virtually identical. The blacks are stable while the grays and whites are well balanced. Clarity is very pleasing, especially during the larger panoramic shots (see screencaptures # 5 and 17). Also, there are no large debris, damage marks, or cuts. Some extremely light compression artifacts, however, occasionally pop up here and there. Very light banding also sneaks in. Regardless, this is clearly the better of the two English-friendly releases of Band of Outsiders currently available on the market. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Band of Outsiders Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one standard audio track on this Blu-ray disc: French LPCM 1.0. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature.

The lossless track serves the film very well. The narration and the dialog are as crisp as they are on Gaumont's Blu-ray release. Michel Legrand's soundtrack also benefits from the lossless treatment, but the overall range of nuanced dynamics is indeed limited. There are no audio dropouts or distortions to report in this review. The English translation is excellent.



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Criterion Announces May Titles - February 15, 2013

The Criterion Collection has announced five titles for Blu-ray release in May. On May 7th, the studio will release Jean-Luc Godard's Band of Outsiders (1964). On My 14th, it will release Delmer Daves' Jubal (1956) and 3:10 to Yuma (1957). A week later, it will ...


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