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Medium Cool Blu-ray

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The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1969 | 111 min | Not rated | May 21, 2013

Medium Cool (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English SDH

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Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 5.0 of 55.0
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Extras 4.8 of 54.8
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Medium Cool

 (1969)

Medium Cool Blu-ray truly is a masterpiece with perfect scores all around making it one of the best Blu-ray's ever

The time: 1968. The place: Chicago, setting of the Democratic National Convention and a hotbed of political and social change. As protesters and police face off in the streets, fate brings together an unlikely pair: John (Robert Forster), a dispassionate TV news cameraman, and Eileen (Verna Bloom), a warmhearted Appalachian raising her son in a Chicago ghetto.

For more about Medium Cool and the Medium Cool Blu-ray release, see Medium Cool Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 5.0 out of 5.

Starring: Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Peter Boyle, Peter Bonerz, Sid McCoy
Director: Haskell Wexler

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Medium Cool Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"Approved by director Haskell Wexler, this new digital transfer was created in 4K resolution on Scanity film scanner from the original 35mm camera negative. 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' Phoenix was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Transfer supervisor: Maria Palazzola.
Color correction: Sheri Eisenberg/Colorworks, Culver City, CA."

Recently restored in 4K, with the digital restoration approved by director Haskell Wexler, Medium Cool looks stunning on Blu-ray. From start to finish detail is indeed outstanding, while clarity is consistently very pleasing. Despite the shaky camera movement, contrast levels are also remain stable. Color reproduction is also outstanding - there is a wide variety of very warm and very natural looking colors. Because of the high quality scan, grain is evenly distributed and resolved throughout the entire film. Additionally, there isn't even a whiff of post production sharpening. Frame transitions are also outstanding. Finally, there are absolutely no damage marks, debris, cuts, stains, or warps to report in this review. Indeed, this is a very impressive and very beautiful organic presentation of Medium Cool, which I feel very confident will be the film's definitive presentation for years to come. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Medium Cool Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

There is only one standard audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English LPCM 1.0. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

It is clear to me that various stabilizations have been performed as balance (between dialog and music) and clarity are indeed very good. Despite the fact that the film was shot in a very specific manner (classic cinema verite style), dynamic movement is also very good. The dialog is always very crisp, clean, and exceptionally easy to follow.



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