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Chinatown Blu-ray

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Paramount Pictures | 1974 | 131 min | Rated R | Apr 03, 2012

Chinatown (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (33.34 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby TrueHD 2.0
French: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 2.0
Note: Confirmed from disc on th...

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 4.1 of 54.1
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Crime27%
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Mystery22%
Film-Noir20%

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Chinatown

 (1974)

Chinatown Blu-ray delivers great video and solid audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Set in drought-ridden '30s L.A., a divorce specializing private detective gets his nose rearranged after sticking it into the connivings of a family-loving mogul and his mysterious daughter.

For more about Chinatown and the Chinatown Blu-ray release, see Chinatown Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman, Diane Ladd
Director: Roman Polanski

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Chinatown Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Chinatown's 1080p Blu-ray transfer is steady and satisfying. Though light banding appears in one or two shots, a speckle or scratch or line occasionally pops up, edges appear prone to softness, blacks sometimes crush out details, and faces sometimes appear a slight bit pasty, the net effect of all these observations is rather minimal. On the whole, the image enjoys a rather natural appearance, accentuated by crisp details and steady colors. Period clothes are nicely revealing of the fabrics and seams. Faces are often well-defined, as are both city buildings and the rocky terrain out by the reservoir. Details aren't always razor-sharp -- that softness lurks around some edges -- but a light layer of grain is retained and solidifies a fair film-like image. Colors are steady throughout. Plush green lawns look fantastic, and suits and buildings appear balanced and natural. This isn't the most vibrant image out there, but all of the hues are handled with care. Chinatown's 1080p transfer doesn't clock in at the absolute top of the high definition heap, but chances are fans will enjoy Paramount's offering.


Chinatown Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Chinatown makes its Blu-ray debut with a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless soundtrack. The original restored Dolby TrueHD mono soundtrack is also included. Listeners who choose the 5.1 track won't find a significantly different experience over the mono track. The added channels don't mean a barrage of new sounds. Spacing is a little more authentic, but the action remains largely focused straight up the middle. Music plays with a decent sense of space, good clarity, and adequate body. Minor background and ambient effects rarely move past the front channels: light city din comes through Gittis' office window, seagulls alert listeners to their presence, ocean waters gently roll off to the sides, and microphone reverberations don't find much spacing. Gunshots ring out with adequate authority, and water rushes with a fair sense of power. Dialogue is steady, perhaps a hair shallow at times, and never playing with tremendous volume. The 5.1 track is classy and reserved; it opens up the world of Chinatown a little bit more than does the mono presentation. Purists will want to stick with the original, but choosing the 5.1 track doesn't badly sacrifice the integrity of the original intent.


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