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Ministry of Fear Blu-ray

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The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1944 | 87 min | Not rated | Mar 12, 2013

Ministry of Fear (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (34.99 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

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

Subtitles
English SDH

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

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Video 4.1 of 54.1
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 2.9 of 52.9
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War12%
Crime10%
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Ministry of Fear

 (1944)

Ministry of Fear Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Suffused with dread and paranoia, Fritz Lang's adaptation of Graham Greene's novel is a plunge into the eerie shadows of a world turned upside down by war. On his way to London after being released from a mental asylum, Stephen Neale (Ray Milland) stops at a seemingly innocent village fair, after which he finds himself caught in the web of a sinister, possibly Nazi-connected underworld. Lang was among the most illustrious of the European émigré filmmakers in Hollywood during World War II, and MINISTRY OF FEAR is one of his finest American productions, an unpredictable thriller with style to spare.

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

Starring: Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond, Dan Duryea, Hillary Brooke, Alan Napier
Director: Fritz Lang

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Ministry of Fear Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.37:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Fritz Lang's Ministry of Fear arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"This new digital transfer was created in 2K resolution on a Lasergraphics scanner from a 35mm safety fine-grain master. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, and jitter were manually removed using MTI's DRS and Pixel Farm's PFClean, while Image Systems' Phoenix was used for small dirt, grain, noise reduction, and flicker.

Transfer supervisor: Lee Kline.
Colorists: Jason Crump/Metropolis Post, New York; Lee Kline."

Criterion's new 2K digital restoration of this nearly 69-year-old film does not disappoint. Detail and clarity are consistently pleasing, while contrast levels are stable. Even where long dark shadows fill up the screen image depth is also very good. The blacks and whites are stable, and there is a wide range of nuanced grays. There are absolutely no traces of problematic degraining corrections. In fact, rather surprisingly most close-ups have plenty of very evenly distributed light grain (see screencapture #2). There are no traces of excessive sharpening correction. Large damage marks, cuts, debris, and stains are also not present. I only noticed a few small vertical lines as well as some very light wear around the edges during a couple of scenes, but overall the film looks very healthy. (I tried to get a screencapture so that you could see how difficult it is to even notice a few of these vertical lines that pop up. Please see the right side of screencapture #15). Finally, there are no serious transition issues to report in this review. To sum it all up, this is a very strong organic presentation of Ministry of Fear that is guaranteed to please its fans. (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).


Ministry of Fear Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 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.

The audio is crisp and stable. Also, there are no problematic dropouts or high-frequency distortions. Obviously, the range of nuanced dynamic is quite limited, but this should not be surprising considering the film's age and native sound design. Aside from some extremely light background hiss that is occasionally felt, in my opinion this is indeed the best the audio presentation can be.



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