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Many Wars Ago Blu-ray

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Uomini contro RaroVideo U.S. | 1970 | 101 min | Not rated | Jan 07, 2014

Many Wars Ago (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Audio
Italian: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles
English

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

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

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Region A, B (C untested)

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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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Many Wars Ago

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Many Wars Ago Blu-ray offers solid video and great audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

On the Italian/Austrian front during World War I, a disastrous Italian attack upon the Austrian positions leads to a mutiny among the decimated Italian troops.

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

Starring: Mark Frechette, Alain Cuny, Gian Maria Volontè
Director: Francesco Rosi

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Many Wars Ago Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Note on the Restoration of Many Wars Ago:

"This copy of Many Wars Ago was reprinted at Cinecittà laboratories from a reversal belonging to the Italian National Film Archive. As the original negative has been lost, a duplicate negative was made according to an obsolete technical process which allows the original negative to be printed directly onto reversal film. The resulting film—the reversal—has a reasonably high level of definition, although some fluctuations of colour and dominant doubles tend to alter the original chromatics. The original tone and density of the colour may eventually be recovered using digital modern techniques." - Sergio Toffeti, curator of the Italian National Film Archive

As described in this note—which is included in the booklet that comes with the film—the existing source print for Many Wars Ago is not without its issues, which largely stem from the way the film was copied in the absence of the original negative. Small specks occasionally dot the image, color flickers in certain scenes, and the picture can sometimes look a little flat, with muted contrast and saturation. That said, RaroVideo's 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer is much more watchable than this description would suggest. The newfound clarity, especially, is far beyond what would be possible in standard definition, and it's clear that some restoration work has been undertaken to balance the color as much as is currently possible. Further, there are no signs of edge enhancement, digital noise reduction, or excessive filtering of any kind. There are only two real hiccups here. The first is the decision to use a single-layer Blu-ray disc and a level of compression that sometimes manifests in visual artifacts—with noticeable banding in two or three scenes—and the second is the odd choice of a 1:35:1 aspect ratio, a hair wider than the 1.33:1 "Academy" ratio and not wide enough for the common European theatrical ratio of 1.66:1 at which the film was probably exhibited. The booklet does thank Francesco Rosi "for his collaboration to the digital restoration," so the director presumably signed off, at least, on this quasi-open-matte presentation.


Many Wars Ago Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The disc features a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono track that faithfully reproduces the film's original sound design and score. Like most films from this era, dynamic range is limited—noticeable during the more aurally frantic action sequences—but the effects are as punchy as they need to be, with no overt brashness or cracking. Likewise, dialogue can sometimes sound a bit mid-heavy, but is nonetheless easy to understand and well-balanced in the mix. The standout here is the memorable score from prolific Italian composer Piero Piccioni (Swept Away, Contempt, The Seduction of Mimi), and his arrangements sound as rich and full as they probably ever will. The disc includes optional English subtitles, which appear in white lettering.


Many Wars Ago Blu-ray, News and Updates



Many Wars Ago Blu-ray (Updated) - December 11, 2013

Independent distributors Raro Video U.S. have dated and detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of Italian director Francesco Rosi's Uomini contro a.k.a Many Wars Ago (1970), starring Mark Frechette, Alain Cuny, Gian Maria Volonté, and Giampiero Albertini. Street ...



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