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Shoah Blu-ray

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DigiPack / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1985 | 566 min | Not rated | Jun 25, 2013

Shoah (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (19.77 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

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

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Three-disc set (3 BDs)

Packaging
DigiPack

Playback
Region A (locked)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 5.0 of 55.0
Audio 4.8 of 54.8
Extras 5.0 of 55.0
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Movie appeal

 
Foreign100%
Documentary25%
War22%
History22%
54%
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Shoah

 (1985)

Shoah Blu-ray delivers truly amazing video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

SHOAH is a magical film about the most barbaric act of the 20th century. Previous commentaries on the Holocaust, with its ravished skeletons and corpses, have left us shaken, but now for the first time, we experience it in our heads, in our flesh. Claude Lanzmann spent eleven years spanning the globe for surviving camp inmates, SS commandants, and eyewitnesses of the Final Solution-the Nazi's effort to systematically exterminate human beings. without dramatic enactment or archival footage, but with extraordinary testimonies, SHOAH renders the step-by-step machinery of extermination: the minutiae of timetables and finances, the logistics of herding victims into the gas chambers and disposing of the corpses afterward, the bureaucratic procedures which expedited the killing of millions of people without mentioning the words "killing" or "people". Through haunted landscapes and human voice, the past comes brilliantly alive.

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

Director: Claude Lanzmann

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Shoah Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Claude Lanzmann's Shoah arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"This new digital master was produced from a restoration undertaken in 2012-13 by the Cineteca di Bologna in Italy. The transfer was created in 4K resolution on an ARRISCAN film scanner from the original 16mm camera negative at L'Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna. The restoration was then performed in 2K resolution at L'Immagine Ritrovata using Image Systems' Phoenix and DaVinci's Revival software, to address image stabilization, flicker, dirt, debris, and sparkle. Finally, the scans were color-corrected at Eclair Laboratories in Epinay-sur-Seine, France, under the supervision of Caroline Champetier, who served as assistant camera person on Shoah. During the process, using a 35mm print as a reference, Chapetier regraded every shot, with a minimum of reframing and sharpening, and without masking.

The soundtrack was scanned at L'Immagine Ritrovata from the original 16mm negative soundtrack on a Chase Optical Sound Processor, preserving the monaural mix. Sound mixer Gerald Lamps supervised the minimal restoration of the soundtrack, which was performed for noise reduction and to address occasional dropouts.

4K scanning: Paola Ferrari.
Digital restoration supervisors: Diego Mercuriali, Celine Stephanie Pozzi, Marco Rossi.
Sound digitization and restoration: Gilles Barberis.
Color correction supervisor: Caroline Champetier.
Colorist: Raymond Terrentin/Eclair Laboratories, Epinay-sur-Seine, France.
Transfer supervisor: Phillipe Tourret/Eclair Laboratories, Epinay-sur-Seine, France."

The restoration has produced some truly marvelous results. Image depth and especially clarity are dramatically improved. Areas of the film that used to look quite flat and fuzzy on the R1 DVD release now boast substantially better clarity (screencapture #12 is from one such area). Despite the fact that the many interviews were also filmed under vastly different conditions, during close-ups image depth is now also consistently pleasing (see screencapture #2). Color saturation varies, but this should not be surprising considering how and when the footage used in the film was shot. There are also various stability corrections and enhancements that have been performed. Finally, dirt, scratches, and debris have been completely removed. To sum it all up, the current presentation of Shoah is very clearly optimized as best as possible. Naturally, I believe that it will remain the definitive presentation of this very important film for years to come. (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).


Shoah Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

There is only one standard audio track on this Blu-ray release: French LPCM 1.0 (with portions of Italian, Hebrew, English, Polish, and German). For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature.

The one very obvious difference between the lossy track from the DVD release and this new lossless track is the fact that additional noise has been removed. Overall stability is also improved. Unsurprisingly, there are still some depth fluctuations, but overall the dialog is far better balanced. It is also cleaner. The English translation is excellent.



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