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Quadrophenia Blu-ray

United States
The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1979 | 117 min | Rated R | Aug 28, 2012

Quadrophenia (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH

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

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.6 of 54.6
Extras 4.6 of 54.6
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Period9%
Crime5%
Musical4%
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Quadrophenia

 (1979)

Quadrophenia Blu-ray comes close to perfection with top scores all around making it one of the best Blu-ray's ever

London, 1965: Like many other youths, Jimmy hates the philistine life, especially his parents and his job in a company's mailing division. Only when he's together with his friends, a 'Mod' clique, cruises London on his motor-scooter and hears music such as that of 'The Who' and 'The High Numbers', he feels free and accepted. However, it's a flight into an illusionary world.

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

Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Philip Davis, Sting, Ray Winstone, Michael Elphick
Director: Franc Roddam

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Quadrophenia Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Franc Roddam's Quadrophenia arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"This new digital transfer was created in 2K resolution on a Spirit 4K film scanner from a 35mm interpositive. It was then color graded on a Baselight 8 digital grading system, under the supervision of director of photography Brian Tufano. 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' Phoenix was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Telecine supervisors: Brian Tufano, Lee Kline.
Colorist: Stephen Berman/Deluxe Digital London.
Film scan: Universal Digital Services, Universal City, CA."

Detail is never seriously compromised by post-production lab tinkering. Clarity is also pleasing, with many of the panoramic shots from Brighton boasting excellent fluidity (see screencapture #13). Contrast fluctuates but the changes in image tonality are inherited. Grain is well resolved, though depending on how and where different sequences were shot the light either overexposes or tones down some of it. There are no traces of excessive sharpening. Other serious transfer specific anomalies, such as heavy banding and aliasing, are also nowhere to be seen. Finally, there are no large damage marks, debris, or cuts to report in this review. All in all, this is a solid release of Quadrophenia that should make fans of the film very 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).


Quadrophenia Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

There are two audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and English LPCM 2.0. 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 film was originally released with a 2.0 stereo soundtrack, which is presented as the default track on this disc. It was restored and remastered at 24-bit from the 1979 Dolby magnetic master. Artifacts such as dropouts, azimuth errors, hums, and thumps were manually mitigated using the Pro Tools HD platform.

Pete Townsend originally envisioned the 1973 album Quadrophenia as a quadraphonic, or four-channel surround, recording. In 2011, Townsend and the Who's sound engineer, Bob Pridden, went back to the record's original source tapes to create a deluxe, remastered box set of the album, entitled Quadrophenia: The Director's Cut, for which they also created new 5.1 surround versions of certain songs. Knowing that this work had been done, Criterion contacted the band and asked them to work with us on making 5.1 versions of the Who songs in the movie.

For this release of Quadrophenia, we created an all-new, remixed 5.1 surround soundtrack, produced at 24-bit using a variety of sound elements from the original album and the 1979 movie. All the Who music was taken from first-generation sources - 4 track 1/2-inch, 8 track 1-inch, and 16-track and 24-track 2-inch analogue tapes - found in the band's archives. In some cases, the songs were reconstructed from scratch from these original multitrack recordings. The film's dialogue and effects were taken from the original 35mm dialogue/music/effects magnetic audio stems. The availability of these separate dialogue and effects stems enabled us to render a detailed and engaging 5.1 audio image. Under the supervision of the band and the film's editor, Sean Barton, a brand-new mix was created at Deluxe 142, in London, by mixer Alan Sallabank, and approved by director Franc Roddam. The staggering result is an immersive experience, and we suggest you play it loud.

Original stereo track restored by: Michael W. Wiese.
5.1 surround remix supervisors: Sean Barton, Bob Pridden, Ryan Hullings.
Songs by the Who supervised and mixed by: Bob Pridden, Richard Whittaker/FX, London.
Songs by the Who mastered by: Jon Astley/Close to the Edge Mastering/London.
5.1 surround film mix by: Alan Sallabank/Deluxe 142, London."

Hats off to everyone involved with this massive project! This is dynamite work of the highest caliber.

Anyone who has previously seen the old R2 2DVD set of Quadrophenia will be blown away by the massive improvements in quality - and I don't mean the pitch corrections. On the new 5.1 track depth and dynamic range are outstanding, opening the film in a way that is almost too good to be true (listen to "Love Reign O'er Me" and "The Real Me"). The various background effects, such as the sound of the sea and street noise, have also been rebalanced with the dialog and the music. While comparing the LPCM 2.0 track with the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, I also noticed dramatic improvements in the high-frequencies. The surrounds are also very well used, adding more depth to the film but keeping dynamic balance intact. The dialog is crisp, clean, and stable. Most viewers, however, will likely end up using the optional English subtitles as some of the accents are quite thick. All in all, the new 5.1 mix that was created for Quadrophenia is very impressive. As the Criterion crew recommends, play it loud, because it certainly delivers big.



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