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The 39 Steps Blu-ray

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The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1935 | 86 min | Not rated | Jun 26, 2012

The 39 Steps (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

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

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English SDH

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Single disc (1 BD)

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Extras 4.2 of 54.2
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The 39 Steps

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The 39 Steps Blu-ray offers solid video and great audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

Richard Hanney has a rude awakening when a glamorous female spy falls into his bed -- with a knife in her back. Having a bit of trouble explaining it all to Scotland Yard, he heads for the hills of Scotland to try to clear his name by locating the spy ring known as "The 39 Steps."

For more about The 39 Steps and the The 39 Steps Blu-ray release, see the The 39 Steps Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat, Lucie Mannheim, Godfrey Tearle, Peggy Ashcroft, John Laurie
Director: Alfred Hitchcock

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The 39 Steps Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Presented in aspect ratio of 1.34:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

I have to admit that I expected to see a much more convincing upgrade in quality over ITV's Blu-ray release of The 39 Steps. However, it appears that Criterion's high-definition transfer uses as a foundation the same ITV restoration, which I personally am not overly impressed with. The good news is that Criterion have placed the film on a dual-layer disc and compression is notably better. This is important because the image is now a lot tighter and the blurriness that routinely pops up on the ITV release is no longer a serious issue of concern. Furthermore, now there is also light grain that is clearly visible (there is still plenty of inherited softness, but compare screenshot #18 with screenshot #9 from our review of the ITV release to see the benefits of the improved compression, and in particular the reappearance of the grain). The color scheme has been corrected as well – there are still various fluctuations but the blacks are now better saturated; there is also a wider range of nuanced grays and whites. It appears that more scratches, debris and flecks have been removed as well. This being said, there are still various small warps, damage marks and edge flicker. During the nighttime sequences clarity is still problematic and some color balance issues remains as well. All in all, there are clearly different inherited limitations, but now the film at least has the type of organic look we expect to see when older films transition to Blu-ray. (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).


The 39 Steps 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.

Generally speaking, the dialog is stable and easy to follow. There is relatively good depth and clarity is pleasing. Only occasionally there is extremely light hiss that creeps in. The range of nuanced dynamics, however, is fairly limited. There are no high-frequency distortions or problematic audio dropouts to report in this review.



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