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Le Cercle Rouge Blu-ray

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The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1970 | 141 min | Rated PG | Apr 12, 2011

Le Cercle Rouge (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (24.98 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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

Subtitles
English

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Extras 4.2 of 54.2
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Le Cercle Rouge

 (1970)

Le Cercle Rouge Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

A master thief, an alcoholic ex-cop and an escaped criminal plot a daring heist of an upmarket Parisian jewellery story against impossible odds.

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

Starring: Alain Delon, Bourvil, Gian Maria Volontè, Yves Montand, Paul Crauchet, Pierre Collet
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville

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Le Cercle Rouge Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Cercle Rouge arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"This high-definition transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine from 35 mm interpositive. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI's DRS system and Pixel Farm's PFClean system, while Digital Vision's DVNR system was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Telecine supervisor: Lee Kline, in consultation with Pierre Lhomme.
Telecine colorist: Joe Gawler/Deluxe, New York."

Criterion's Blu-ray release of Le Cercle Rouge is going to revive a couple of old debates because the color-scheme of the transfer they have used is not identical to that of the transfer Studio Canal used for their Blu-ray release of Melville's film. It is slightly darker, and with the variety of reds and browns seen in the film pushed up quite a bit; in other words, the prominent blueish/greenish tint from the Studio Canal transfer has been replaced by warmer, better balanced reds, browns, and even grays (example: compare screencaptures #5 and 7 from our review for the Studio Canal release, UK version, with screencaptures #1 and 8 from this review). Compression, however, is slightly better on the Criterion release. Additionally, heavy edge-enhancement and macroblocking are never an issue of concern. There are no serious stability issues to report in this review either. All in all, technically this is a solid Blu-ray release, but I have to admit that I lean towards the Studio Canal Blu-ray release of Le Cercle Rouge, as my understanding is that the prevalent bluish/greenish tint it boasts is indeed more accurate. (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).


Le Cercle Rouge 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 following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"The monaural soundtrack was remastered at 24-bit from the 35mm magnetic soundtrack. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated audio workstation."

I tested a couple of scenes to see how they compare to the Studio Canal Blu-ray release of Le Cercle Rouge, but I really could not hear much of a difference -- the French LPCM 1.0 track is just as solid as the French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track. The dialog is crisp, clean, stable, and exceptionally easy to follow. I also did not detect any balance issues with Eric Demarsan's music score. There are no disturbing pops, cracks, hissings, or audio dropouts either.



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