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Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D Blu-ray

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Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray Universal Studios | 1954 | 79 min | Not rated | Jun 04, 2013

Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 MVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
French: DTS Mono

Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
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3D 2.0 of 52.0
Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 3.0 of 53.0
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Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D

 (1954)

Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

In the early 1950s, a scientific expedition into the Amazon recovers a strange fossilized claw that could be a missing link between creatures that swim in the seas and those that walk on land. Once the fossil is examined, a larger, better-funded expedition is authorized to travel deep into the interior of the Amazon Basin to hopefully find more examples of the long dead creature. But as the expedition pushes deeper into the unexplored reaches of the great waterway, they come to the realization that "something" is watching their every move, stalking them... on the land, and in the water!

For more about Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D and the Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D Blu-ray release, see Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Julie Adams, Whit Bissell
Director: Jack Arnold

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Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Creature from the Black Lagoon rises out of the mid-50s muck with a less than ideal restoration, a hit-or-miss 1080p/MVC-encoded video transfer and a slightly problematic (but mostly engaging) native 3D experience. First the restoration. Several inherent issues manifest again and again throughout the film: stretches of soupy and/or chunky grain (most of which trace back to the filmmakers pushing in on the negative and literally increasing the size of each speck of grain), terribly soft shots some will mistake for evidence of egregious noise reduction (which isn't the case here at all), and a general unevenness rooted in the unwieldy condition of the source elements. (Keep in mind, even the most skilled film preservationist can't turn water into wine.) Several more issues, though, aren't inherited from the original film elements: minor ringing, faint and graciously infrequent underwater macroblocking, and slight, almost negligible banding in the bright skies. And then there's the 3D presentation, which comes with hiccups of its own, despite the fact that most of them are easy to overlook. 3D displays and glasses that are prone to ghosting will run into several eyesores, among them POV shots where the Gill Man pushes past jungle underbrush, the backgrounds in dark scenes where the creature stalks Kay at night, and some of the underwater sequences. None of it -- the restoration shortcomings, the transfer/encoding issues or the 3D presentation's woes -- matter all that much. It's when they begin piling up and taking a collective toll.

All that being said, the film still looks quite good; I'd go so far as to say as good as it could considering the various challenges the restoration team appear to have faced. When the sun is up, the cameras are above the water, and the shot is crisp and steady, the transfer follows suit. (Luckily, that's 80% of the movie.) Gray tones are natural, carefully dialed contrast leveling helps the image pop, and blacks are nice and deep. Detail is terrific too... minus those brief, intermittent instances when the original photography falters. The presentation can be a jarring one every now and then, switching between two distinct modes: scenes that make Creature look as if it's been given the same attention and investment as Dracula and other movies in the Essentials Collection, and scenes that make it look inadequate by comparison. The cause obviously isn't that black and white (pardon the pun), as that would imply certain shots and sequences were restored while others were not. (Which is something someone, somewhere will inevitably assume.) Universal has made the best of what I presume was a difficult restoration with very few across-the-board solutions. It's still leagues beyond passable in 2D and 3D (and boasts excellent depth and dimensionality), and it isn't a cut-n-dry achievement or failure, no matter which way subjective opinions lean. This is one that would have definitely benefited from a project-specific restoration featurette a la the one included with Dracula. If nothing else, it would have addressed the presentation's flaws and made it easier to appreciate its finer qualities.


Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

Evaluating Universal's two-channel DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track isn't as challenging, mainly because there's very little to criticize or complain about. Dialogue is direct, intelligible and accurately represented, voices are clean and clear, and sound effects, canned and stagy as any effects of the era, rarely falter. Henry Mancini, Hans J. Salter and Herman Stein's music score runs into the limitations of its original recording, but the film's orchestral arrangements have a fullness that defies mono bounds, blaring trumpets and furious strings sound great, and the persistent, oft-repeated and never-subtle bum bum bwaaaum! that accompanies each appearance of the Gill Man is as piercing and hair-raising as Julia Adams' blood-curdling screams.


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