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Ice Cold in Alex Blu-ray

United Kingdom
Optimum Home Entertainment | 1958 | 129 min | Rated BBFC: PG | Jun 13, 2011

Ice Cold in Alex (Blu-ray)
Large:


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

Audio
English: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH

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

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region B (locked)

Price
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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 3.5 of 53.5
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Ice Cold in Alex

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Ice Cold in Alex Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

1942: The Libyan war zone, North Africa. After a German invasion a British ambulance crew are forced to evacuate their base but become separated from the rest of their unit. Somehow they must make it to Alexandria, but how? Their only hope is a dilapidated ambulance named "Katy" and an irrational, alchoholic soldier known as Captain Anson. Facing landmines, Nazi troops, spies and the merciless, scorching, brutal environment of the desert, can Captain Anson face his demons and make the road to hell a journey to freedom? Starring some of British cinemas most celebrated actors, John Mills (Great Expectations, Gandhi), Sylvia Syms (Ferry To Hong Kong, Shirley Valentine) and Harry Andrews (The Hill, Battle Of Britain), Ice Cold In Alex is an action packed and suspenseful wartime classic. Directed by John Lee Thompson, creator of Guns Of Navarone and Cape Fear, it's one of the most intensely gripping films ever made.

For more about Ice Cold in Alex and the Ice Cold in Alex Blu-ray release, see Ice Cold in Alex Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: John Mills, Sylvia Syms, Anthony Quayle, Harry Andrews, Diane Clare, Richard Leech
Director: J. Lee Thompson

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Ice Cold in Alex 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, J. Lee Thompson's Ice Cold in Alex arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Optimum Home Entertainment.

In the press materials I was sent it is noted that Ice Cold in Alex has undergone full digital restoration - and it clearly shows. There are some minor flecks and scratches occasionally popping up here and there, but the high-definition transfer is very strong. The large panoramic vistas from the desert, for instance, convey tremendous depth and impressive clarity. Additionally, all of the background shimmer and light blocking present on the R2 UK SDVD release of the film are now gone. Edge-enhancement is never a serious issue of concern (the only scenes where I noticed some extremely mild sharpening are early into the film, before Captain Anson and Sergeant Major Tom Pugh meet the nurses, but are far from problematic). The best news, however, is that heavy DNR corrections have not been applied. Naturally, there is a steady light layer of fine grain throughout the entire film. Lastly, aside from a few inherited shaky frame transitions, none of which are problematic, there are absolutely no stability issues whatsoever. All in all, this is yet another very pleasing Blu-ray release of a famous classic film by Optimum Home Entertainment. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B "locked" or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content),


Ice Cold in Alex Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English LPCM 2.0 (with portions of German). For the record, Optimum Home Entertainment have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

The English LPCM 2.0 track does not disappoint. Understandably, its dynamic amplitude is somewhat limited, but the audio has all of the organic qualities one would expect from a strong loseless track -- the audio has very pleasing depth and fluidity, and does not suffer from any distortions. For the record, I also did not detect any pops, cracks, excessive hissing, or audio dropouts to report in this review.



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Ice Cold in Alex Blu-ray Announced - May 16, 2011

British distributors Optimum Home Entertainment have announced that on June 13th they will release on Blu-ray J. Lee Thompson's Ice Cold in Alex a.k.a Desert Attack (1958), starring John Mills (Great Expectations), Sylvia Syms (Victim), Anthony Quayle (Lawrence ...


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