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Safety Last! Blu-ray

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The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1923 | 73 min | Not rated | Jun 18, 2013

Safety Last! (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (28.85 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1

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Music: LPCM 2.0
Music: LPCM Mono

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Extras 5.0 of 55.0
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Safety Last!

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

When a store clerk organizes a contest to climb the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself.

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

Starring: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother, Noah Young, Westcott Clarke
Directors: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor

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Safety Last! 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 1080i transfer, Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor's Safety Last! arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"The film is also presented at a variable frame rate of approximately 22 frames per second to conform to film historian and restorer Kevin Brownlow's presentation and the Carl Davis score that accompanies it. This new digital transfer was created in 2K resolution on a DTF Scanity film scanner from a 35mm nitrate print from Harold Lloyd's personal collection, made from the original negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices and warps were manually removed using MTI's DRS and Pixel Farm's PFClean, while Image Systems' Phoenix was used for small dirt, jitter, flicker, and grain management.

Transfer supervisor: Maria Palazzola.
Colorist: Sheri Eisenberg/Colorworks, Culver City, CA."

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

1. Screencaptures #1-19 are from Safety Last!
2. Screencaptures #21- 24 are from Take a Chance.
3. Screencaptures #25-28 are from Young Mr. Jazz.
4. Screencaptures #29-32 are from His Royal Slyness.

This 90-year old film looks simply terrific on Blu-ray. In fact, quite often the image depth is so impressive that one could easily argue that Safety Last! actually looks far better and healthier than a great number of '80s and '90s films that have already transitioned to Blu-ray. The panoramic shots from the second half, in particular, look quite extraordinary (see screencaptures #3, 5, and 18). On the other hand, during close-ups even very small objects are exceptionally easy to see. Furthermore, contrast and clarity remain stable. Color saturation is also very good - the blacks and grays never collapse while the whites are well balanced with them. No attempts have been made to digitally sharpen up the film. Problematic degraining corrections have not been performed either. Unsurprisingly, the film has a wonderful, very consistent organic look. Finally, the restorers have carefully removed many damage marks and debris with digital tools without affecting the integrity of the image. Some extremely small vertical lines remain (see screencapture #7), but they never become even remotely distracting during normal playback. Indeed, this is a very strong presentation of Safety Last!, which I am convinced will pleasantly surprise many of Harold Lloyd's fans.

Unlike Safety Last!, the three shorts - Take a Chance, Young Mr. Jazz, and His Royal Slyness - all come with 1080p transfers. All three films have been digitally restored. Once again, detail and image depth are very good, but some minor contrast fluctuations are also present. It is also clear that the elements used to produce the new high-definition transfers were not in terrific shape (see Young Mr. Jazz) as some wear around the edges, fading and frame skips have been inherited. However, it is very easy to see that the restorers have optimized the presentation as best as possible. Rather large portions of Take a Chance and His Royal Slyness, in particular, look quite wonderful (see screencapture #29).

(Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Safety Last! Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

Safety Last! can be viewed with two different scores. The first is Carl Davis' 1989 orchestral score (LPCM 2.0). The second is an alternate, improvised score by organist Gaylord Carter from 1969 (LPCM 1.0). The three short films included on this release arrive with Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks. Standard intertitles are included for each film.

Carl Davis' score sounds great - there is an excellent range of nuanced dynamics and depth and clarity are terrific. The sound is also consistently crisp. Gaylord Carter's score is a bit more subdued, lacking the oomph and clarity of Carl Davis' score. The overall range of nuanced dynamics is also quite limited, but this should not be surprising considering the fact that it is an improvised score recorded under completely different conditions.
The Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks have plenty of depth. Also, clarity and dynamic intensity are surprisingly good.



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