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Cul-De-Sac Blu-ray

United States
The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1966 | 112 min | Not rated | Aug 16, 2011

Cul-De-Sac (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.75:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English SDH

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

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Region A (locked)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.8 of 54.8
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 3.4 of 53.4
Based on 3 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
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Dark humor4%
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Cul-De-Sac

 (1966)

Cul-De-Sac Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

A retired businessman and his young, vivacious wife are living quietly on small British Island until two gangsters on the run stumble into their home and into their lives.

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

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Lionel Stander, Françoise Dorléac, Jack MacGowran, Renee Houston, Marie Kean
Director: Roman Polanski

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Cul-De-Sac Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.66:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Roman Polanski's Cul-de-sac arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"Approved by director Roman Polanski, this new high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine from the original 35mm composite fine-grain master positive. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI's DRS system and Pixel Farm's PFClean system, while Digital Vision's DVNR and Phoenix systems were used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Telecine supervisor: Lee Kline.
Telecine colorists: Lee Kline; Trevor Brown/Deluxe 142, London."

Cul-de-sac looks very impressive on Blu-ray. Detail is outstanding even during the nighttime sequences, with clarity also dramatically improved during the panoramic vistas, while the daylight sequences often approach the quality witnessed in Criterion's Blu-ray release of Repulsion. Colors look rich but not artificially boosted - the blacks are deep and lush while the variety of grays and whites are gentle and natural. There are no traces of overzealous sharpening. Macroblocking patterns are also nowhere to be found (though there are plenty on the R2 UK SDVD release of Cul-de-sac). Some minor noise corrections have been applied, but the film grain has been retained and it appears well resolved throughout the entire film. Lastly, a thorough clean-up has been performed, and large debris, cuts, and stains have been removed. However, some extremely small traces of aging, which are practically impossible to spot in motion, remain (see the tiny line in screencapture #16). Nevertheless, this is a fantastic presentation of Roman Polanski's Cul-de-sac. (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).


Cul-De-Sac Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

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

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

"The original monaural soundtrack was remastered at 24-bit from a 35mm fine-grain master positive soundtrack print. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated workstation."

There are a number of small optimizations in the audio department. I did a few quick comparisons with my R2 SDVD release of Cul-de-sac and the majority of the improvements appear in the mid and high-frequencies areas. The dialog is now crisper and marginally better rounded, while background hiss has been practically eliminated. Krzysztof Komeda's music score also gets a small boost. Overall balance has also been improved, though the range of nuanced dynamics remains limited.



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