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Breathless Blu-ray

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DigiPack / À bout de souffle / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1960 | 90 min | Not rated | Sep 14, 2010

Breathless (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (27.99 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
French: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English

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

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing
DigiPack

Playback
Region A (locked)

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 4.6 of 54.6
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Breathless

 (1960)

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

A petty criminal, wanted for the murder of a police officer, returns to Paris where he meets an American girl who hawks newspapers. They become lovers, but eventually the police pressure her into betraying him and revealing his whereabouts.

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

Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet, Roger Hanin, Jean-Pierre Melville
Director: Jean-Luc Godard

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Breathless Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.34:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"Approved by director of photography Raoul Coutard, this high-definition transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine from a 35mm original fine-grain master positive. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI's DRS system and Pixel Farm's PFClean system, while Digital Vision's DVNR system was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Telecine supervisors: Lee Kline, Russell Smith.
Telecine colorists: Joe Gawler/Technicolor, New York; Abdel Benlatreche/Vdm, Paris."

This is a strong high-definition transfer, one that improves on all problematic areas SDVD releases of Breathless previously conveyed. Indeed, fine object detail is very good, clarity pleasing and contrast levels perhaps the most consistent I've seen thus far. This said, there are a couple of scenes throughout the film where I spotted traces of extremely mild edge-enhancement. Macroblocking, however, is a not an issue of concern. Furthermore, minor noise and grain corrections appear to have been applied. As a result, the film has a more balanced look, with its fine gran structure still very much intact. The color-scheme is solid. Blacks are rich and well saturated while the variety of grays and whites look pleasingly natural and fresh. Many of the daylight scenes, for instance, look gorgeous. Aside from a few frame transitions, there are no serious stability issues to report in this review. I also did not see any large cuts, marks, stains, or debris to report in this review. To sum it all up, this is a fine presentation of a classic film that received a number of problematic treatments during the years. (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).


Breathless Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

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

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

"The soundtrack was mastered at 24-bit from a 35mm optical track print. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using Audio Cube's integrated audio workstation".

The French LPCM 1.0 track is pleasing. Understandably, its dynamic amplitude is limited, but the dialog is crisp, clean, and stable. Occasionally there is mild background hiss that is easy to hear, but it is well within the limitations of what a film of this age is likely to possess. Finally, there are no serious balance issues with Martial Solal's music score. I also did not detect any annoying pops, cracks, or dropouts to report in this review.


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Criterion Blu-ray in September: Donen, Godard, Malick, Oshima - June 15, 2010

The Criterion Collection has announced no fewer than four major films for release on Blu-ray in September. Jean-Luc Godard will open fire on September 14, with the Nouvelle vague 1960 classic Breathless (À bout de souffle). A week later, the comedic thriller Charade ...


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