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Chronicle of a Summer Blu-ray

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Chronique d'un été / Un été + 50 - 2011 Documentary / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1961 | 2 Movies | 91 min | Not rated | Feb 26, 2013

Chronicle of a Summer (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
French: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English

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Single disc (1 BD)

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Extras 4.5 of 54.5
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Chronicle of a Summer

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Chronicle of a Summer Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

No synopsis for Chronicle of a Summer.

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

Starring: Jean Rouch, Marceline Loridan-Ivens, Régis Debray, Marilů Parolini
Directors: Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch

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Chronicle of a Summer Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Edgar Morin and Jean Rouch's Chronicle of a Summer arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"The new digital master presented here was produced from the 2011 Cineteca di Bologna restoration, undertaken in collaboration with Argos Films. Performed under the supervision of cinematographer Michel Brault, the picture restoration was done at 2K resolution from a scan of a 35mm blow-up print created in 1961. Digital cleaning was done using Image Systems' Phoenix and Blackimagic Design's DaVinci Revival, and color correction was done using Assimilate's SCRATCH.

Transfer supervisor: Michel Brault.
Colorist: Giandomenico Zeppa/L'Immagine Ritrovata, Bologna, Italy."

Considering the fact the restoration of the film was based on a scan of a 35mm blow-up print, the final result is indeed very good. Most close-ups boast very pleasing depth (see screencapture #2), while outdoor sequences convey pleasing fluidity. Occasionally, clarity fluctuates, with different softer looking shots also appearing where light is restricted. Shadow definition suffers in select shots, but the effect also has a lot to do with the manner in which the filmmakers positioned the camera. Overall, however, Chronicle of a Summer has a very pleasing and consistent organic look. To be clear, there are no traces of excessive sharpening or degraining corrections. Also, aside from a few inherited frame skips, there are no serious stability issues to report in this review. Large debris, cuts, and damage marks have also been removed as best as possible. (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).


Chronicle of a Summer Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

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

Chronicle of a Summer is primarily a dialog-driven feature which has all of the basic audio limitations cinema verite style documentaries have. Unsurprisingly, dynamic movement is very limited. The dialog, however, is crisp, stable, and easy to follow. Occasionally, as the camera moves from one person to another (typically during close-ups), or from one location to another, some balance fluctuations are noticeable, but they are indeed inherited. The English translation is very good.



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