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Little Caesar Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1931 | 79 min | Not rated | May 21, 2013

Little Caesar (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (29.34 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.32:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono (Spain)
German: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region free

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Video 3.5 of 53.5
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 3.0 of 53.0
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Crime23%

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Little Caesar

 (1931)

Little Caesar Blu-ray offers solid video and great audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

The ambitious criminal Rico moves from the country to the big city in the east and joins Sam Vettori's gang with his friend Joe Massara. Soon he becomes the leader of the gangsters, known as Little Caesar.

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

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Glenda Farrell, Sidney Blackmer, Thomas E. Jackson, George E. Stone
Director: Mervyn LeRoy

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Little Caesar Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

The major issues with Warner's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray of Little Caesar are inseparable from the source material, which, despite efforts at clean-up, still suffers from obvious damage. A significant number of vertical scratches last anywhere from a few seconds to half a minute. None of them renders any of the image unwatchable, but they are quite noticeable. Frames are missing in several spots, causing obvious jumps. Fortunately, none of these breaks occur at key moments in the drama.

For the rest, Warner has provided a nicely film-like transfer, with natural-looking grain, deep blacks, well-balanced contrast allowing proper delineation of shades of gray, and reasonably good detail for a film of this vintage. The quality of the image varies from somewhat soft to astonishingly sharp (e.g., in a sequence of a funeral procession).

I was not at all surprised to see the average bitrate come in at 29.34 Mbps. With the film in black-and-white and substantial screen space devoted to the black "windowbox" bars, major compression should not be an issue with this 79-minute film. Barring the discovery of superior elements, or a laborious frame-by-frame repair of the damaged sections, Little Caesar is unlikely to look better.


Little Caesar Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The film's mono soundtrack is encoded as lossless DTS-HD MA 1.0, and it's a pleasure to hear Robinson's distinctive speech patterns as Rico at such high fidelity. The clarity doesn't do all that much of the rest of the dialogue a favor, though, because many of the remaining performances are quite weak. However, Thomas E. Jackson's turn as the sarcastic Lt. Flaherty—the second best performance in the film—comes through better than I've ever heard it before. The various pistols and machine guns don't have anything like the punch of today's movie weaponry, but they make enough of a statement for a gangster film of this era. The sparely used underscoring has been attributed to composer David Mendoza, who is uncredited.


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