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Sweet Smell of Success Blu-ray

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DigiPack / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1957 | 96 min | Not rated | Feb 22, 2011

Sweet Smell of Success (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (35.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.67:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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

Subtitles
English SDH

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

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing
DigiPack

Playback
Region A (locked)

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Video 4.7 of 54.7
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 4.3 of 54.3
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Sweet Smell of Success

 (1957)

Sweet Smell of Success Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Sidney Falco is a New York press agent caught up in a complex relationship with the powerful newspaper columnist J.J. Hunsecker. Falco needs to get his showbiz clients placed in the newspapers, and hangs around Hunsecker hoping to garner a mention in his column. Hunsecker is obsessively protective towards his sister Susan, and his only apparent desire is to see an end to her budding romance with jazz musician Steve Dallas. Thus with Falco growing increasingly desperate, Hunsecker lets him know that the one way he can secure access to the column is to break up Susan and Steve, thereby setting in motion a chain of events which will tear them all apart.

For more about Sweet Smell of Success and the Sweet Smell of Success Blu-ray release, see Sweet Smell of Success Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Writers: Ernest Lehman, Clifford Odets
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner, Jeff Donnell, Sam Levene

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Sweet Smell of Success Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.67:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Alexander Mackendrick's Sweet Smell of Success 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 on a SCANITY Film Scanner in 4K resolution from the original 35mm camera negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI's DRS system and Pixel Farm's PFClean system, while Digital Vision's DVNR system was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Telecine supervisor: Lee Kline.
Telecine colorist: Sheri Eisenberg/Colorworks, Los Angeles."

Great looking transfer! I have seen this film more than a dozen times and without a shadow of a doubt this is the best it has ever looked. Fine object detail is excellent, clarity very pleasing, and contrast levels dramatically improved. Color reproduction is also very impressive -- now the variety of blacks, grays, and whites finally look rich and healthy. Edge-enhancement is not a serious issue of concern; the background shimmer and fuzziness (especially around the edges) that are present on the very old R1 DVD release are also gone. Some small noise corrections have been applied, but a light, healthy layer of grain is very easy to see at all times. There are no serious stability issues either. Blown through a digital projector, the transfer conveys wonderful depth and fluidity. Finally, I did not see any large damage marks, cuts, stains, or debris to report in this review. (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).


Sweet Smell of Success Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English LPCM 1.0. 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 monaural soundtrack was remastered at 24-bit from the original 35mm magnetic soundtrack. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using Audio Cube's integrated audio workstation. "

The English LPCM 1.0 is also impressive - there are various improvements in terms of stability and dynamics. Generally speaking, the dialog is crisp, clean, stable, and exceptionally easy to follow. There are no balance issues with Elmer Bernstein's music score either. Finally, I did not detect any disturbing pops, cracks, or audio dropouts to report in this review.



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Criterion Starts "Three Reasons" Blu-ray Trailers - January 29, 2011

The Criterion Collection is now creating short "Three Reasons" trailers for selected upcoming Blu-ray titles from that label. Each expresses three reasons why, in Criterion's opinion, the film featured is a must-see. The first up are for Sweet Smell of Success ...

Criterion Blu-ray in February: Arnold, Fellini, Kieslowski, Kore-... - November 15, 2010

February may be short, but the Blu-ray slate from The Criterion Collection certainly is not – the independent label has just announced six very notable movies for that month. On February 1, it will release The Double Life of Veronique (La double vie de Véronique; ...

Criterion Hints at Sweet Smell of Success, Night of the Hunter - July 1, 2010

In its Facebook page, The Criterion Collection has posted a photograph that shows a classic movie being prepared for Blu-ray release: Sweet Smell of Success (Alexander Mackendrick, 1957). Previously, the studio's newsletter had featured a picture probably hinting ...

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