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Suddenly Blu-ray

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Blu-ray + DVD HD Cinema Classics | 1954 | 76 min | Not rated | Oct 16, 2012

Suddenly (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.75:1

Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
Spanish

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25GB Blu-ray Disc
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Video 2.8 of 52.8
Audio 3.0 of 53.0
Extras 1.8 of 51.8
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Suddenly

 (1954)

Suddenly Blu-ray offers decent video and mediocre audio in this still enjoyable Blu-ray release

The tranquility of a small town is marred only by sheriff Tod Shaw's unsuccessful courtship of widow Ellen Benson, a pacifist who can't abide guns and those who use them. But violence descends on Ellen's household willy-nilly when the U.S. President passes through town... and slightly psycho hired assassin John Baron finds the Benson home ideal for an ambush.

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

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates, Willis Bouchey
Director: Lewis Allen

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Suddenly Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Suddenly is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of HD Cinema Classics with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.34:1. As Michael Reuben has suggested in his review of the Image release, the supposed original aspect ratio of 1.75:1 is almost certainly incorrect (one could reasonably argue 1.85:1 or even 1.66:1), but this so-called "full frame" presentation offers a well balanced visual presentation, albeit with considerable head room at times. Now, here's where the vagaries of reviewing and personal opinion will perhaps be of some interest. I have tried to replicate at least a few of the screenshots accompanying the Image Suddenly review for comparison's sake, while at the same time providing some other moments of the film as well. Though HD Cinema Classics doesn't claim to have sourced this from a "fine grain print" (emphasis mine) as Image does (a somewhat suspect term in any case), it does clearly state that its high definition transfer was culled from 35mm source elements. To my eyes (and judging only from the screenshots of the Image release, as I haven't yet picked it up), the HD Cinema Classics image (no pun intended) is at times sharper and crisper than the Image release, though it also has a patently more artificial look which I attribute to digital sharpening techniques. While grain is still more than apparent throughout this presentation, my best guess is that HD Cinema Classics did indeed apply some DNR, as there is a kind of weird unnatural look to the grain at times. Contrast seems a bit more distinct in this HD Cinema Classics release as well, with a wider disparity between blacks and whites. HD Cinema Classics does seem to be getting better at "gussying up" older public domain releases, and Suddenly certainly hasn't been drowned in DNR like some of the label's earlier releases. In motion, most of Suddenly looks quite good most of the time.


Suddenly Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

The audio menu on Suddenly boasts a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (supposedly mono) track, but what is actually on this disc is a Dolby Digital 2.0 (mono) offering. There's nothing egregiously horrible about the audio, and aside from one kind of strange moment early in the film when David Raksin's underscore breaks up even as the dialogue continues unabated, the film sounds fine within its lossy confines. Dialogue is very cleanly and clearly presented and while things have a kind of just slightly boxy overall sound, for the age of the film and the fact that this was sourced from a print, things sound really rather good overall.


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Film Chest has officially announced that it will release a combo pack edition of Lewis Allen's Suddenly (1954), starring Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden and James Gleason. The film, which has been restored from the original 35mm film elements, will be available ...


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