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Grand Hotel Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1932 | 112 min | Not rated | Jan 08, 2013

Grand Hotel (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (17.77 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital Mono
German: Dolby Digital Mono
Italian: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
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Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish, Japanese, German SDH, Italian SDH, Korean

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Region A (B, C untested)

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 2.5 of 52.5
Extras 3.5 of 53.5
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Grand Hotel

 (1932)

Grand Hotel Blu-ray delivers great video and mediocre audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

Several different dramas unfold in a luxury hotel in 1930s Berlin. Ruined aristocrat John Barrymore. Terminally ill clerk Lionel Barrymore. Ruthless tycoon Wallace Beery. Scheming stenographer Joan Crawford. Disillusioned ballerina Greta Garbo, who mutters the immortal line, "I want to be alone." Luckily she isn't, as the lives of the Grand Hotel's patrons intersect and weave a wonderfully entertaining web of drama.

For more about Grand Hotel and the Grand Hotel Blu-ray release, see Grand Hotel Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Director: Edmund Goulding
Writers: Vicki Baum, William A. Drake, Béla Balázs
Starring: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone

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Grand Hotel Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Like nearly all of Garbo's films, Grand Hotel was shot by William H. Daniels, who was often credited with creating the famous Garbo "face" but always insisted otherwise. (Ironically, Daniels' only Oscar win was for a non-Garbo film, 1948's The Naked City.) Widely considered one of the great innovators in lighting for black-and-white, Daniels devised numerous tricks to adapt to the quirks of the various stars in Grand Hotel and also to the scale of the vast set. Modern audiences aren't likely to have an opportunity to see Daniels' work projected on a thirty-foot-tall screen as he intended, but Warner's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray is the next best thing.

The source is clean, the blacks are solid and deep, and the shades of gray are finely differentiated. According to the scholarly commentary track, much of Grand Hotel was shot with some degree of diffusion, in part to flatter the features of star John Barrymore (and disguise his hangovers), and in part to contribute to a sense of spaciousness and old world grandeur. This provides a somewhat softer image. To make matters more challenging, the film's original camera negative was lost, and all of the surviving elements are reportedly several generations removed from the OCN. The result is a somewhat inconsistent level of detail, but it's not something you're likely to notice unless you're looking for it. What is noticeable is the pleasingly natural grain pattern that has been accurately reproduced without reduction or filtering. Whatever detail remains on the existing elements appears to have been fully translated to Blu-ray.

No doubt due to the fact that all of the extras are in standard definition, Warner's use of a BD-25 does not appear to have provided any challenge for the compressionist. No artifacts were in evidence.


Grand Hotel Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

Grand Hotel's mono audio track, presented in lossless DTS-HD MA 1.0, shows its age, with noticeable background hiss and a thin top end to the orchestral accompaniment that makes it inadvisable to listen at anything more than a modest volume. But this is a not a film that requires "reference level" for its dialogue to be intelligible. The spoken exchanges are clear at all times, and the underscoring, most of it drawn from Strauss, Grieg and Rachmaninoff and heard as if the Grand Hotel's ballroom orchestra were permanently playing in the background, does not need to be loud to create the desired effect.


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