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Letter Never Sent Blu-ray

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Neotpravlennoye pismo / Неотправленное письмо / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1959 | 97 min | Not rated | Mar 20, 2012

Letter Never Sent (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
Russian: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English

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

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Video 4.8 of 54.8
Audio 4.8 of 54.8
Extras 2.2 of 52.2
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Letter Never Sent

 (1959)

Letter Never Sent Blu-ray delivers stunningly beautiful video and superb audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

This absorbing tale of exploration and survival concerns four members of a geological expedition who are stranded in the bleak and unforgiving Siberian wilderness while on a mission to find diamonds.

For more about Letter Never Sent and the Letter Never Sent Blu-ray release, see Letter Never Sent Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Tatyana Samojlova, Yevgeni Urbansky, Innokenti Smoktunovsky, Vasili Livanov, Galina Kozhakina
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov

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Letter Never Sent Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Mikhail Kalatozov's Letter Never Sent arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

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

Telecine supervisors: Russell Smith
Telecine colorist: Alex Berman/Prime Focus, New York."

The press materials I was sent do not indicate where the high-definition transfer came from, and now I am very curious to find out because in my opinion Letter Never Sent ranks amongst the best looking B&W films we have seen released under the Criterion label. Frankly, to see a Mosfilm produced film looking this impressive is quite remarkable.

Detail is fantastic. Close-ups convey excellent depth and clarity, while the panoramic vistas before and after the big firestorm look notably fluid (take a look at screencaptures #8 and 19 to get an idea how strong the high-definition transfer is). Contrast levels are stable. Color gradation is also pleasing - the lush blacks and gentle grays and whites are very well balanced. There is plenty of well distributed and well resolved film grain that is never plagued by persistent noise. The high-definition transfer is also free of debris, cuts, and large damage marks. There are no serious stability issues to report in this review either. (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).


Letter Never Sent Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: Russian 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 original monaural soundtrack was remastered at 24-bit from a 35mm optical soundtrack positive. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated workstation."

The audio has been optimized very well. The dialog is consistently clean, stable, free of distracting background hiss, and easy to follow. Nikolai Kryukov's score also gets a decent exposure. The overall range of dynamics, however, is rather limited as the film's sound design is quite modest. For the record, there are no sync issues or audio dropouts to report in this review.



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The Criterion Collection has posted their full roster of Blu-ray releases for February 2012. Titles include Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, Mikhail Kalatozov's Letter Never Sent, Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker's The War Room, the David Lean Directs ...


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