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Kansas City Confidential Blu-ray

United States
Blu-ray + DVD Film Chest | 1952 | 99 min | Not rated | Feb 15, 2011

Kansas City Confidential (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
Spanish

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
DVD copy

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Region A, B (C untested)

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Video 3.0 of 53.0
Audio 3.1 of 53.1
Extras 1.2 of 51.2
Based on 4 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
Film-Noir75%
Crime8%
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Kansas City Confidential

 (1952)

Kansas City Confidential Blu-ray offers decent video and solid audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

Hard-hitting film noir where Joe Rolfe s an ex-con who's trying to go straight with a job as a deliveryman for a florist company. Unfortunately, a gang of thugs led by a criminal mastermind have arranged a bank robbery using a van that looks just like the one driven by Rolfe--and the deliveryman takes the fall for the heist. This leads to Rolfe's search for the real thieves, a trail that leads to Mexico and an unexpected love affair with the gang leader's daughter.

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

Starring: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam
Director: Phil Karlson

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Kansas City Confidential Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Film Chest is a new niche label which is beginning to release public domain titles on Blu-ray. Like The Stranger, which I just reviewed, Kansas City Confidential is presented in an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.33:1. Also like The Stranger, this release was sourced from a 35mm print. Unlike The Stranger, however, this release sports much better contrast and a sharper, more well defined image that, while certainly nowhere near reference quality, offers a suitably hi-def look at least some of the time. Black levels are consistent and at times very impressive, and the delineation between gray tones and whites is also often quite admirable. While we're still missing a good grain structure as in The Stranger, this release doesn't have the completely over-DNR'd smooth, textureless appearance that the Welles opus did. I haven't seen as many PD DVDs of this title as I have of The Stranger, but this release has a couple of things going for it. It is virtually spot and blemish free, which none of the DVD releases I've seen (including the touted MGM) have, sometime in abundance. This also sports a reasonably sharp and clear image with above average contrast. It's certainly not what it could have been had an internegative been available, but transfers must be judged based on their source elements, and in this case the digital sharpening of a decent 35mm print hasn't been literally smoothed over to the point of blandness.


Kansas City Confidential Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

Once again, as was the case with The Stranger, we have no lossless options and instead are given two standard Dolby mixes, one in 5.1 and one in 2.0. The better news is that, unlike The Stranger, the source soundtrack utilized for this new Blu-ray does not have egregious damage, with noticeably less hiss and virtually none of the pops and cracks that marred the Welles film. Dialogue is presented cleanly and clearly and both the sound effects and underscore sound good, if slightly boxy. These 5.1 mixes on the first two Film Chest releases seem needless, as there simply isn't the ability to separate discrete effects for proper placement around the soundfield. Instead we get a sort of willy- nilly spread out into the surrounds that never approaches anything like a modern surround track, and in fact, this film really doesn't call out for an immersive surround track, anyway. It's a close-up look at a man in peril, without a lot of big action sequences, and so there just isn't ample opportunity to exploit the side and rear channels. Film Chest would do better to look into presenting decent lossless mono tracks for its releases; my hunch is most Blu-ray consumers would prefer that option to a needlessly dispersed faux surround option, especially in Dolby.


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The Stranger Blu-ray Announced - January 28, 2011

Film Chest and Virgil Films & Entertainment (formerly Arts Alliance America) have announced The Stranger, Orson Welles' Oscar-nominated 1946 classic, for release in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on February 15. Digitally restored in high definition from original 35 ...

Kansas City Confidential Blu-ray Announced - December 28, 2010

Film Chest, in conjunction with HD Cinema Classics and Virgil Films, has announced Kansas City Confidential for Blu-ray release on February 15, 2011. This 1952 film noir is is a taut and gritty melodrama, and reportedly the inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir ...


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