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Diabolique Blu-ray

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Les diaboliques / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1955 | 116 min | Not rated | May 17, 2011

Diabolique (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (35.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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

Subtitles
English

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

Playback
Region A (locked)

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 4.0 of 54.0
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Diabolique

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

The wife of the headmaster of a school for boys tires of his violent treatment of her, along with his philandering, and teams up with his mistress to kill him. When the body goes missing, the two mismatched women must uncover what happened to the body before it's discovered what they've done.

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

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Writers: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jérôme Géronimi, René Masson, Frédéric Grendel
Starring: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel, Jean Brochard, Thérèse Dorny

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Diabolique Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Les diaboliques arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

Criterion's high-definition transfer is very good. Detail and clarity are practically identical to those of the Arrow Films transfer; color reproduction is also quite similar. However, Criterion have performed various contrast adjustments and noise corrections. As a result, certain scenes look smoother, with grays rather than blacks being slightly more prominent. Film grain also appears slightly better resolved, though some of it is not as prominent as it appears on the Arrow Films release (the noise corrections mentioned above are most obvious during these scenes). Criterion have also performed various stabilization corrections. The same damage marks and cuts that occasionally pop up here and there on the Arrow Films release are also present on the Criterion release. Lastly, there are no serious stability issues to report in this review. All in all, in motion Criterion's transfer looks slightly softer but tighter and definitely not as contrasty as the Arrow Films transfer. Both, however, are very good. (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).


Diabolique Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

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

The French LPCM 1.0 track is solid. The dialog is crisp, clean, stable, and very easy to follow. As it is the case with the French LPCM 1.0 track from the Arrow Films release, its dynamic amplitude is rather limited, but it has very pleasing depth and fluidity. The English translation is very good.



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New Three Reasons Trailer for 1955 Diabolique - April 12, 2011

In anticipation for the May 17th release of the 1955 French film Diabolique on Blu-ray Disc, The Criterion Group has released a new trailer and added a few new special features. From Director/Screenwriter Henri-Georges Clouzot, Diabolique reveals a secret plot ...

Criterion Blu-ray in May: Bergman, Breillat, Chaplin, Clouzot, De... - February 14, 2011

The Criterion Collection has announced a record seven titles for Blu-ray release in May. On May 3, it will release Fat Girl (À ma soeur; Catherine Breillat, 2001) and Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende; Ingmar Bergman, 1955). A week later, it will release ...


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