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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Blu-ray

United States
The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1983 | 124 min | Rated R | Sep 28, 2010

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (23.51 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English

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

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Region A (locked)

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 4.2 of 54.2
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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Celliers, a high-ranking British officer, is interned by the Japanese as a POW. The camp commander becomes obsessed with the mysterious blond major. Meanwhile, lieutenant colonel Mr. Lawrence tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between his captors and fellow prisoners.

For more about Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and the Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Blu-ray release, see Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima
Writers: Nagisa Ôshima, Paul Mayersberg, Laurens Van der Post (I)
Starring: David Bowie (I), Tom Conti, Ryûichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano (Beat Takeshi), Jack Thompson, Johnny Okura

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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Nagisa Oshima's Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"This new high-definition transfer was created from a 35mm interpositive scanned in 2K resolution on a Spirit Datacine 4K machine at Midnight Transfer, London. 2K color correction was done using Assimilate's Scratch system, and dirt and scratch removal was done using Pixel Farm's PFClean system at Cinelmage, London. This corrected data was output to high-definition tape at On Sight, London. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI's DRS system, while Digital Vision's DVNR system was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Telecine supervisor: Maria Palazzola.
Telecine colorist: Fergus Hally/Cinelmage, London."

This is a strong high-definition transfer. Fine object detail is very good, clarity pleasing, and contrast levels consistent throughout the entire film. The color-scheme is dramatically improved - on the old SDVD R2 release, courtesy of Optimum Home Entertainment, the variety of different blues, browns, and greens were very weak and often times bleeding. Now they look well saturated, lush, and natural. Edge-enhancement and macroblocking are not a serious issue of concern. I did not see any traces of heavy noise reduction either. On the contrary, the film's grain structure is very much intact. There are no serious stability issues. When blown through a digital projector, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence conveys pleasing depth and tightness. Lastly, I also did not see any problematic cuts, splices, debris, stains, or damage marks to report in this review. (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).


Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (with portions of Japanese). For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, the English subtitles appear only when Japanese is spoken.

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

"Presented in its original stereo surround format, the soundtrack was remastered at 24-bit from the 35mm Dolby LT/RT magnetic audio track at Sync Sound Audio, London. Pops, cracks, hiss, and hum were reduced with an array of audio restoration techniques."

The English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track is solid. The dialog is crisp, clean, stable, and very easy to follow. There are no serious balance issues with Ryuichi Sakamoto's music score either. Obviously, considering the film's age the dynamic amplitude is rather limited, but the sound certainly has very pleasing depth and fluidity.



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