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Modern Times Blu-ray

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The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1936 | 87 min | Not rated | Nov 16, 2010

Modern Times (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (28.51 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

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

Subtitles
English SDH

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

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.1 of 54.1
Extras 4.8 of 54.8
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Modern Times

 (1936)

Modern Times Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

For more about Modern Times and the Modern Times Blu-ray release, see Modern Times Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford, Chester Conklin, Hank Mann
Director: Charles Chaplin

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Modern Times Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"This new high-definition digital transfer was created in 2K resolution on an ARRISCAN digital scanner from a 35mm fine-grain master positive that was wetgated from the original 35mm camera negative. Color correction of the 2K data was done using Assimilate's Scratch software. Pixel Farm's PFClean system was used to deflicker and stabilize the image, and to remove thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, and jitter. Additional marks and splices were removed using MTI's DRS system.

Transfer colorist and supervisor: Lee Kline.
Scanning technicians: Irene Messina, Adriana Noviello/Immagine Ritrovata, Bologna, Italy.
Film preservation and restoration: Davide Pozzi, Ariane Baudat, Marianna De Sanctis, Paola Ferrari, Michaela Tombolini/Immagine Retrovata, Bologna, Italy."

This is a very strong high-definition transfer, and one that conveys basic characteristics that are very similar to the ones observed on the high-definition transfer used by British distributors Park Circus for their Blu-ray release of Modern Times.

Fine object detail is very good, clarity impressive, and contrast levels consistent. The color-scheme does not disappoint either. Criterion have performed numerous fine corrections that enhance and at the same time balance well the variety of different blacks, grays and whites. Additionally, there are specific scenes where quite a bit of the mild background flicker present on the Park Circus release has been eliminated. Once again, however, I noticed traces of mild edge-enhancement and sharpening. But because of the overall darker and better balanced look the Criterion high-definition transfer has, they are a lot more difficult to spot. The film's grain structure is very much intact. Many of the close-ups from the second half of the film, for instance, look beautiful. Finally, there are no serious stability issues to report in this review (though some occasional frame transitions remain problematic). To sum it all up, the Criterion high-definition transfer has a slightly better balanced look in comparison to the high-definition transfer used by Park Circus. (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).


Modern Times 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 inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

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

The English LPCM 1.0 track is very strong. It has a limited but pleasing dynamic amplitude, and there are absolutely no issues with the music score to report in this review. The few lines the actors utter are also clean and stable. Lastly, I did not detect any distracting pops, cracks, hissings, or dropouts.



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