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Bird of Paradise Blu-ray

United States
Kino Video | 1932 | 80 min | Not rated | May 01, 2012

Bird of Paradise (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
None

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region A, B (C untested)

Price
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Video 3.4 of 53.4
Audio 2.2 of 52.2
Extras 1.2 of 51.2
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Bird of Paradise

 (1932)

Bird of Paradise Blu-ray offers solid video and mediocre audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

A young man falls overboard and is saved by a beautiful Polynesian girl. They fall in love, but their idyll is smashed when the local volcano begins to erupt. The man discovers that the local custom is to sacrifice a young woman to the volcanic gods. They try to escape but realize that "east is east and west is west, and never the twain shall meet."

For more about Bird of Paradise and the Bird of Paradise Blu-ray release, see Bird of Paradise Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Dolores del Rio, Joel McCrea, John Halliday, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher, Bert Roach, Lon Chaney, Jr.
Director: King Vidor

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Bird of Paradise Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Like most titles in the public domain, Bird of Paradise has been subject to some underwhelming home video releases in the past, so it's great to see that Kino Classics has given the film such a wonderful Blu-ray presentation. The disc's 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer has been newly mastered from an original nitrate 35mm print that was preserved by the George Eastman House Motion Picture Department. Note, though, that I used preserved and not restored. There's been little-to-no digital clean-up of the 80-year-old print, but I'm fine with this hands-off approach. The minor specks and scratches you'll see here are rarely--if ever--distracting, and the image is reproduced faithfully, with no texture-robbing noise reduction or halo-inducing edge enhancement. The picture is plenty sharp on its own, with appreciable fine detail in close-ups and an overall level of clarity that easily bests prior standard definition editions. Just as importantly, the film's monochromatic gradation has been treated carefully; blacks are deep without crushing too much shadow detail, white are bright but not overblown, and there's a rich spectrum of grays in between. Finally, I didn't spot any overt compression issues--the film sits with room to spare on a single-layer, 25 GB disc. Another strong Kino Classics transfer.


Bird of Paradise Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

Bird of Paradise is sometimes claimed to be the first talkie with a full-length film score, and while that's not exactly true, Max Steiner's lulling, Polynesia-influenced score is memorable, blending traditional orchestration with some distinctly South Pacific motifs and instrumentation. Steiner, the "father of film music," would go on to compose for King Kong, Gone with the Wind, and Casablanca--among some 300 others--so it's fascinating to hear one of his earliest efforts. By way of the Blu-ray's LPCM 2.0 mono track, the music sounds quite crackly and brittle, as you'd expect from an 80-year-old film, but there are moments where it's noticeably peaky and overly brash. Likewise, dialogue is sometimes a hair low in the mix, and slightly muffled on occasion, though I never had any real trouble understanding what was being said. Unfortunately for those who might need subtitles, however, none are supplied. I'm assuming Kino did what they could to get the original audio in listenable shape, but don't expect high fidelity from this mix.


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