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Punishment Park Blu-ray

United Kingdom
Masters of Cinema | Dual Format Edition / Blu-ray + DVD Eureka Entertainment | 1971 | 91 min | Rated BBFC: 15 | Jan 23, 2012

Punishment Park (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
DVD copy

Playback
Region free

Price
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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 3.5 of 53.5
Based on 1 user review

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Punishment Park

 (1971)

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

Radical youths, arrested for their political activities, are given a choice between incarceration and participation in a potentially deadly game which finds them racing across a punishing desert landscape with armed law enforcement officers in pursuit. The scenario presented is intended to reflect the profound tensions and frustrations fracturing American society in the late 1960s.

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

Starring: Patrick Boland, Kent Foreman, Carmen Argenziano, Luke Johnson, Katherine Quittner, Scott Turner
Director: Peter Watkins

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Punishment Park Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.34:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Peter Watkins' Punishment Park arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Eureka Entertainment.

The newly restored high-definition transfer for Punishment Park - which was shot on 16mm and recently remastered from a new 35mm print struck from the restored 35mm blow-up negative held in Paris - is impressive. When compared to the R2 DVD release, detail is substantially better and clarity more pleasing. Many of the close-ups (see screencapture #16), for instance, convey wonderful depth, while the darker interrogation sequences (see scneecapture #2) have the lost the blockiness and light noise from the DVD release. There is also a wider range of nuanced colors, and in particular, yellows, blues, and browns. Edge stability is also improved. This being said, some small specks, scratches, and even a few damage marks remain. Overall, however, the film has a terrific organic look that is enormously satisfying. (Note: This is a Region-Free Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you will be able to play it on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location. For the record, there is no problematic PAL or 1080/50i content preceding the disc's main menu).


Punishment Park Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English LPCM 2.0. For the record, Eureka Entertainment have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

The appears to have been optimized as best as possible. I tested a few scenes with my DVD and the sound has marginally improved clarity and crispness that are most obvious during the shootouts. The dialog has also been slightly elevated, with clarity and stability also improved. Overall, however, the dynamic amplitude of the English LPCM 2.0 track is fairly limited. Lastly, there are no sync issues or audio dropouts to report in this review.



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Two-Lane Blacktop and Punishment Park Detailed - November 29, 2011

Independent British distributors Eureka Entertainment (Masters of Cinema) have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray releases of Monte Hellman's cult film Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) and Peter Watkins' Punishment Park (1971). The two releases will hit retail shelves on ...

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Eureka Entertainment have revealed that they are getting ready to release a number of classic and cult films on Blu-ray: Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Silence de la Mer (1949), Pier Paolo Pasolini's Accattone (1961) and The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964), Shohei ...


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