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On the Waterfront Blu-ray

United States
DigiPack / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1954 | 108 min | Not rated | Feb 19, 2013

On the Waterfront (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1, 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (2 BDs)

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing
DigiPack

Playback
Region A (locked)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 5.0 of 55.0
Audio 4.9 of 54.9
Extras 5.0 of 55.0
Based on 2 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
Romance25%
Film-Noir21%
Crime8%
86%
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On the Waterfront

 (1954)

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

Elia Kazan's compelling social drama was the winner of eight Academy Awards and marks one of Marlon Brando's finest screen performances. Brando is Terry Malloy, a handsome but inarticulate longshoreman, who gets involved in a labor scandal when a fellow dock worker is murdered. He knows that the victim was killed by the oppressive labor union for squealing to a commission investigating misdoings. Terry intends to keep his mouth shut and his job safe. But when Edie (Eva Marie-Saint), the dead man's beautiful sister, comes to town, he must choose between his allegiance to a corrupt union and his loyalty to Edie.

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

Starring: Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger, Pat Henning
Director: Elia Kazan

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On the Waterfront Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in three different aspect ratios -- 1.67:1, 1.85:1, and 1.33:1 -- encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted 1080p transfers, Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"This new digital transfer was created in 4K resolution on an Oxbury Scanner equipped with wetgate processing from the original 35mm camera negative at Cineric in New York. The color correction was done at Colorworks in Culver City, California, and the restoration was performed by Cineric using Pixel Farm's PFClean and DaVinci's Revival.

Transfer supervisor: Grover Crisp/Sony Pictures, Culver City, CA.
Colorist: Scott Otrosky/Colorworks, Culver City, CA."

Please note that the screencaptures included with this review appear in the following order:

1. Screencaptures #2-13 are from the 1.67:1 version.
2. Screencaptures #14-20 are from the 1.85:1 version.
3. Screencaptures #21-23 are from the 1.33:1 version.

Additionally, the 1.67:1 version of On the Waterfront appears on Disc 1 with all of the supplemental features, while the 1.85:1 and 1.33:1 versions appear on Disc 2.

To see how the different aspect ratios affect the image framing, you could compare the following screencaptures:

1. Screencaptures #1 (1.67:1), 13 (1.85:1), and 20 (1.33:1).
2. Screencaptures #4 (1.67:1), 19 (1.85:1), and 22 (1.33:1).
3. Screencaptures #3 (1.67:1), 18 (1.85:1), and 23 (1.33:1).

The new 4K restoration of On the Waterfront is simply fantastic. Detail and especially image depth are enormously impressive. The blockiness and sharpening from Sony's R1 DVD release of the film have also been replaced with flawless contrast and at times truly overwhelmingly beautiful blacks and whites. The previously problematic nighttime footage also looks excellent - shadow definition and clarity are dramatically improved in every single sequence. Furthermore, there are absolutely no traces of problematic lab tinkering. Naturally, the beautifully exposed by the high-quality scan grain is evenly distributed throughout the entire film. Color depth and saturation, especially where there is plenty of natural light, are also terrific. There are absolutely no debris, scratches, cuts, warps, or larger damage marks. All in all, this trulky is a flawless presentation that should make fans of this classic American film enormously happy. (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).


On the Waterfront Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

Each of the three versions of On the Waterfront arrives with two standard audio tracks: English LPCM 1.0 and English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English SDH subtitles for each version.

I watched On the Waterfront with the English LPCM 1.0 track. Later on, I did only a couple of different tests with the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. Despite some obvious improvements in terms of depth on the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, I still prefer the English LPCM 1.0 track. In my opinion, Leonard Bernstein's excellent score and the dialog are better balanced (as far as dynamic movement is concerned). But you should experiment with the two lossless tracks and see which one you prefer.

The dialog is very crisp, clear, stable, and easy to follow. There is no problematic background hiss. Also, there are no pops, crack, distortions, or audio dropouts to report in this review.



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