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Buck Privates Blu-ray

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DigiBook / Universal 100th Anniversary Collector's Series / Blu-ray + DVD Universal Studios | 1941 | 85 min | Not rated | Apr 17, 2012

Buck Privates (Blu-ray)
Large:


Musical
War
Comedy

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
English: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
DVD copy

Packaging
DigiBook

Playback
Region free

Price
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Video 2.9 of 52.9
Audio 3.4 of 53.4
Extras 2.7 of 52.7
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Buck Privates

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Buck Privates Blu-ray offers decent video and audio in this still enjoyable Blu-ray release

Comedy legends Bud Abbott and Lou Costello cemented their place in film history with the hilarious wartime comedy classic BUCK PRIVATES. After spending years on stage in burlesque and on radio perfecting classic routines such as "Who's on First?," the duo transitioned to motion pictures at Universal in 1940. In their first leading roles, Bud and Lou play con artists who accidentally enlist in the U/S.Army to avoid going to jail. Making matters worse, their no-nonsense drill sergeant turns out to be the cop who tried to arrest them! Featuring classic routines such as "Drill," "Dice Game" and "You're Forty, She's Ten," the film also starred the popular singing group The Andrews Sisters performing the Academy Award-nominated song "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." Following the success of BUCK PRIVATES, Bud and Lou made an astounding 26 more movies at Universal leaving a legacy of laughter that will be treasured forever.

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

Director: Arthur Lubin
Writer: Arthur T. Horman
Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Lee Bowman, Jane Frazee, Alan Curtis, Nat Pendleton

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Buck Privates Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Why don't we just cut to the chase with regard to Universal's AVC encoded 1080p transfer (in a 1.35:1 aspect ratio) of Buck Privates and answer the burning question that will probably be foremost on the minds of many readers of this review: is there DNR? Yes. Is it horrible? Well, that's another matter entirely, and one which will no doubt depend on one's tolerance for a digitally scrubbed image. There is still grain in this presentation, but it has been diminished. The noise reduction here is not as dramatic as in many Universal catalog releases (which of course may be damning with faint praise), and the studio seems to be gaining cognizance (albeit too slowly for some aficionados) of how their efforts are being greeted by potential consumers. There is still some good fine detail here, especially in close-ups, and the elements here are in generally good shape, though occasional scratches and flecks still dot the landscape, albeit very briefly. There are also a couple of missing frames which I assume have always been in the film, as there's no noticeable disruption of the soundtrack at those moments. Contrast is quite good as well, with excellent renderings of gray scale and solid black levels. The overall film is a tad on the soft side, and some second unit and stock footage is noticeably more ragged than the bulk of the film. Those who hate DNR will no doubt hate this transfer, while those with a bit more tolerance will just as undoubtedly find a lot to like here.


Buck Privates Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

Though this Blu-ray ostensibly has a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix, to my ears it sounds like we simply have a mono track pumping out on two channels (the protocol with mono tracks on Blu-ray is decidedly spotty, with some labels releasing 1.0 tracks and others offering 2.0 tracks). If there is a faux stereo mix here, it is very narrow, offering little discrete splaying or directionality, at least that I noticed. Fidelity here is quite good, actually remarkable, considering the film's age and the ubiquitous use of music, which frequently sounds overly boxy in this vintage film. While there is certainly narrowness here, with somewhat compressed highs and lows, overall the sound here is surprisingly fulsome, with The Andrews Sisters sounding wonderful and all dialogue delivered crisply and cleanly.


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Buck Privates Blu-ray - January 17, 2012

As part of its 100th Anniversary this year, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will offer re-issues of catalog titles, and the Buck Privates Blu-ray will arrive in the April wave. This feature stars legendary comedy duo Bud Abbott and Lou Costello (Abbott and ...


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