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Spellbound Blu-ray

United States
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer | 1945 | 118 min | Not rated | Jan 24, 2012

Spellbound (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (37.87 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

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

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Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 3.2 of 53.2
Audio 3.2 of 53.2
Extras 3.8 of 53.8
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Spellbound

 (1945)

Spellbound Blu-ray offers decent video and audio in this still overall recommended Blu-ray release

Dr. Constance Petersen is a psychiatrist with a firm understanding of human nature. When the mysterious Dr. Anthony Edwardes becomes the new chief of staff at her institution, it is soon discovered that he has difficulty with remembering things as he is a troubled amnesiac--who could also be a killer. The bookish and detached psychiatrist plummets into a whirlwind of romance, tangled identities and psychological fever with a captivating dream sequence by Surrealist icon Salvador Dalí.

For more about Spellbound and the Spellbound Blu-ray release, see Spellbound Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman, Leo G. Carroll, Michael Chekhov, Rhonda Fleming, John Emery
Director: Alfred Hitchcock

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Spellbound Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Spellbound is presented on Blu-ray with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.37:1. David O. Selznick was an infamous memo writer, and he is on record as decrying Spellbound as looking like a Monogram Studios shot feature due to its soft, diffuse quality. With that understanding, a certain degree of slack must be given to this high definition presentation, for it is indeed overly gauzy a lot of the time, with a sort of murkiness in midrange shots that can verge on near blurriness at times. Doing a side by side comparison with the Criterion DVD release, and allowing for the obvious resolution differences between the BD and even an upscaled DVD, the Criterion shows better contrast with much better black levels, though grain is also somewhat more apparent in the Criterion release than on this transfer. The MGM-Fox release has a somewhat milkier appearance, with less delineated gray scale than the Criterion. There really doesn't seem to have been any DNR, or at least any overly aggressive DNR, on this MGM-Fox release, as the screencaps obviously show grain (in fact some overwhelming grain at times which borders on digital noise). There's also some fairly noticeable haloing due to edge enhancement in several sequences (check out the screencap from the dream sequence with the "Proprietor" on the rooftop for a particularly flagrant example). But this BD has a cleaner, sleeker look than the Criterion, with noticeably fewer blemishes, scratches and the like which argues to some sort of digital restoration and cleanup. There's also well above average sharpness and clarity throughout this presentation, especially in close-ups. Consumers are always in a quandary with these catalog titles that have also been licensed by Criterion, and this probably falls into the same category as a lot of the Universal titles from last year as well as a slew of MGM-Fox oldies. If it comes to pass, a Criterion version will no doubt be the go-to release if and when a BD comes down the pike, but for now, this certainly should suffice, with certain caveats.

It should be noted that this is yet another MGM-Fox catalog release with no Main Menu, and which has been released on a BD-J but with no bookmarking capability.


Spellbound Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

Spellbound's original mono soundtrack is delivered here via a relatively fulsome DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix. Acute listeners will hear some copious hiss blanketing the track's high end from the first moments of the Overture (and how unusual is it for a suspense film like this to feature an Overture?). That propensity continues through the rest of the film, though it's considerably toned down after the Overture. Fidelity is fine, if not amazing, throughout the feature, with excellent reproduction of Miklos Rozsa's incredible score, which was one of the first to utilize the theremin. Dialogue is always well prioritized and easy to hear, and the soundtrack really doesn't exhibit any signs of damage or age, other than the omnipresent hiss and the expected thinness of the sound.


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