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Metropolitan Blu-ray

United States
The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1990 | 99 min | Rated PG-13 | Jul 24, 2012

Metropolitan (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.67:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English SDH

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

Playback
Region A (locked)

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Video 3.8 of 53.8
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 3.2 of 53.2
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Metropolitan

 (1990)

Metropolitan Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

A group of friends from New York's haute-bourgeoisie gather together during the holiday season.

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

Starring: Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Chris Eigeman, Taylor Nichols, Allison Parisi, Dylan Hundley
Director: Whit Stillman

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Metropolitan Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.67:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Whit Stillman's Metropolitan arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears on the insert provided with this release:

"Supervised by director Whit Stillman and cinematographer John Thomas, this high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine from a 35mm blow-up interpositive. 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 supervisor: Lee Kline, Whit Stillman, John Thomas.
Colorist: Joe Gawler/Technicolor, New York."

Metropolitan looks far more convincing on Blu-ray than The Last Days of Disco. Presented in its Super 16mm aspect ratio, the film has a raw and genuinely pleasing look. Traces of overzealous sharpening or filtering are nowhere to be seen. Close-ups convey adequate depth, with the typical for 16mm films rawness and heavier grain (see screencapture #3). Some extremely light noise is occasionally present but it never destabilizes the image. Color reproduction is convincing, with the daylight footage in particular looking very good (see screencapture #9). There are a few sequences where the reds appear slightly elevated, but overall color balance is indeed very good throughout the entire film. When projected, the film remains stable around the edges - there is absolutely no edge flicker or other stability issues to report in this review. Finally, there are no large damage marks, cuts, stains, or debris. (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).


Metropolitan Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is only one 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.

The following text appears on the leaflet provided with this release:

"The original monaural soundtrack was mastered at 24-bit from a 35mm magnetic audio track. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated workstation."

Understandably, the lossless track has a rather limited dynamic amplitude. There are only a few sequences where portions of Tom Judson and Mark Suozzo's jazzy score come alive. This is not to say that there are balance issues with the dialog, rather that the film has a very modest sound design. The dialog is very crisp, clean, stable, and easy to follow. There are no pops, cracks, problematic distortions or audio dropouts to report in this review.



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