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Brief Encounter Blu-ray

United Kingdom
ITV DVD | 1945 | 86 min | Rated BBFC: PG | Feb 09, 2009

Brief Encounter (Blu-ray)
Large:


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

Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH

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

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region B (locked)

Price
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Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 2.8 of 52.8
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Brief Encounter

 (1945)

Brief Encounter Blu-ray offers decent video and superb audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

A love affair which was not meant to be is the basis for this real-life look into the extra-marital attractions which develop between married couples.

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

Starring: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey, Cyril Raymond, Everley Gregg
Director: David Lean

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Brief Encounter Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC, and granted a 1080p transfer David Lean's Brief Encounter arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of ITV-Granada.

There are some good news about this much anticipated Blu-ray release, and some not so good news. Let's start with the good ones – indeed, BFI (British Film Institute) and ITV-Granada's joint efforts to bring a deserving, fully-restored, print of David Lean's classic have resulted in a release that looks substantially stronger than what Criterion and Studio Canal offered us in the past. The 1080p transfer is notably smoother, lacking practically all of the specks and dots from previous DVD releases, and with a visibly stronger color-scheme (there are plenty of scenes where the blacks are richer and better saturated). Contrast is also more convincing on ITV's disc, though it seems to be quite inconsistent as well. Finally, the Blu-ray disc also eliminates almost completely the serious edge-enhancement issues that plagued the Criterion disc.

Here are the not so good news – ITV Granada have released their first Region-B "locked" Blu-ray disc, and I assume that, either directly or indirectly, Studio Canal are responsible for it. Furthermore, the print provided by ITV Granada seems to reveal what I often refer to as pulsating softness – specific sharp-looking and well detailed portions of the film overlap with soft and unfocused footage (a lot of 50s and 60s R1 DVD releases of French and Italian films suffer from it). Furthermore, I am fairly certain that the print for Brief Encounter has undergone a mild noise-reduction treatment, which has kept most of the film grain intact, but apparently not all of it. As a result, you would notice plenty of the pulsating softness I mentioned earlier. This being said, there are more than a few scenes where the black-white balance is visibly altered (take a look at screen capture #9). To sum it all up, yes, the Blu-ray transfer is certainly stronger than the SDVD transfers we have seen in the past offered by other distributors, but there are plenty of minor issues with it that I think should have been addressed. Given the fact that now there is a great looking and freshly-restored master print, which BFI and ITV Granada have finalized, this Blu-ray release is quite a bit underwhelming. (Note: This Blu-ray disc is Region-B "locked", which means that unless you have a native Region-B player, or a Region-Free player, you will not be able to access its content).


Brief Encounter Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray release: English Dolby Digital 2.0. I really do not have any reservations with the audio treatment ITV Granada have secured for Brief Encounter. It is fairly obvious that the audio, just as the video, has undergone some serious restoration work. As a result, you should be able to immediately notice how notably smoother and rounder the sound coming off of your speakers is. Furthermore, balance is certainly very strong here as well. In fact, at no point during my viewing of this disc was I able to detect any concerning audio distortions – the dialog is crystal clear and very easy to follow. Finally, I did not detect any disturbing cracks, pops, or hissings to report here either. For the record, ITV-Granada have supplied optional English subtitles for the main feature.



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