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Kes Blu-ray

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Kes / Cathy Come Home | The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1969 | 2 Movies | 110 min | Rated PG-13 | Apr 19, 2011

Kes (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.66:1

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English: LPCM Mono
English: Dolby Digital Mono

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English SDH

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Video 4.4 of 54.4
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 4.5 of 54.5
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Kes

 (1969)

Kes Blu-ray delivers stunning video and reference-quality audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Named by the British Film Institute as one of the ten best British films of the century, Ken Loach’s Kes, is cinema’s quintessential portrait of working-class Northern England. Billy (an astonishingly naturalistic David Bradley) is a fifteen-year-old miner’s son whose close bond with a wild kestrel provides him with a spiritual escape from his dead-end life. Kes established the sociopolitical engagement and artistic brilliance of its filmmaker, and pushed the British “angry young man” film of the sixties into a new realm of authenticity, using real locations and nonprofessional actors. Loach’s poignant coming-of-age drama remains its now legendary director’s most beloved and influential film.

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

Starring: Colin Welland, Brian Glover (I), David Bradley (II)
Director: Ken Loach

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Kes 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, Ken Loach's Kes arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

I really could not be any more pleased with Criterion's treatment of this most beautiful film. Anyone who has seen the old R2 SDVD release of Kes, which MGM released in the UK (but not in the United States), will immediately recognize the enormous improvements in terms of quality - the difference between the non-anamorphic SDVD and Criterion's Blu-ray release is indeed like night and day. This new, approved by director Ken Loach and director of photography Chris Menges, digital transfer is simply beautiful. For example, the various close-ups convey fantastic depth and tightness, while colors are finally vibrant and healthy. Furthermore, many of the panoramic scenes used to look fuzzy - if you still own the R2 SDVD, compare the sequence where Billy shows Kes to one of his teachers - and more often than not blocky. Now they look exceptionally crisp and vibrant. There are no traces of heavy noise reduction. As a result, a light layer of healthy grain is present throughout the entire film. Edge-enhancement is also not a serious issue of concern, though there are a couple of scenes that have a somewhat rougher look (for example, the scene where Billy is questioned by his teacher in front of his classmates). There are no serious stability issues to report in this review either. All in all, I am happy to say that Kes has finally arrived in North America and it looks the best it ever has. (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).


Kes Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

There are two audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: English LPCM 1.0 (the filmmaker's original soundtrack, with production dialogue) and English Dolby Digital 1.0 (the internationally release soundtrack, with postsync dialogue). For the record, Criterion have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

I opted for the English LPCM 1.0 track (as most of you know, there are some quite serious discrepancies in the international soundtrack) and could not be happier. It has a very good dynamic amplitude that gives John Cameron's wonderful score a tremendous boost - clarity and stability, in particular, are dramatically improved. The dialog is crisp, clean, and stable, while the much needed English subtitles are indeed very good. For the record, I did not detect any disturbing pops, cracks, hissings, or audio dropouts to report in this review.



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Criterion's Three Reasons Trailer: Kes Blu-ray - March 4, 2011

The Criterion Collection has created a new "Three Reasons" trailer, this time for Kes, which is slated for Blu-ray release on April 19. This trailer expresses three reasons why, in Criterion's opinion, Ken Loach's portrait of working-class Northern England, using ...




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