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The Battle of Algiers Blu-ray

United Kingdom
La battaglia di Algeri Argent Films | 1966 | 121 min | Rated BBFC: 15 | Jul 09, 2012

The Battle of Algiers (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
French: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
French: Dolby Digital 2.0
Italian: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Italian: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English

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

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Region B, C (locked)

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Video 5.0 of 55.0
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 4.0 of 54.0
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The Battle of Algiers

 (1966)

The Battle of Algiers Blu-ray delivers stunningly beautiful video and superb audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

True-to-life chronicle of the Algerian people's struggle to overthrow the French Colonial Government in the mid-1950s. The focus is on the leaders of the Liberation Movement and the French general who is driven obsessively with catching them.

For more about The Battle of Algiers and the The Battle of Algiers Blu-ray release, see the The Battle of Algiers Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi
Director: Gillo Pontecorvo

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The Battle of Algiers Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Argent Films.

The high-definition transfer uses the same recent restoration of The Battle of Algiers Criterion had access to when they prepared their Blu-ray release for the U.S. market. Unsurprisingly, the basics are virtually identical - detail and clarity are excellent, especially during the nighttime sequences, while contrast levels remain stable. The overwhelming majority of the close-ups convey very pleasing depth, while the panoramic vistas look notably crisp (see screencapture #14). Though there are some minor fluctuations, clearly inherited from the original elements, color reproduction is also convincing. The blacks and grays, in particular, have benefited greatly from the transition to 1080p. Edge-enhancement is never a serious issue of concern. There are no traces of problematic degraining corrections either. Finally, there are no serious stability issues to report in this review. To sum it all up, this is a competent and much needed Region-B English-friendly release of Gillo Pontecorvo's timeless film that should not be missed by serious film aficionados. (Note: This Blu-ray disc has been locked for Regions B and C. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B, Region-C or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


The Battle of Algiers Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There are four audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, French Dolby Digital 2.0, Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, and Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (with portions of Arabic and English). For the record, Argent Films have provided optional light yellow English subtitles for the main feature.

The French lossless audio track opens up the film very well in all the right places. For example, during the chase scenes in the Casbah and some of the shootouts the percussion solos sound fuller and thicker. Overall crispness is also marginally improved when one compares the lossless track to the lossy track from Criterion's R1 DVD release (unfortunately, I don't have a R2 DVD copy of this film in my library). The English translation is excellent.



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The Battle of Algiers Blu-ray - March 23, 2012

In an early announcement to retailers, British distributors Argent Films have revealed that they are planning to release on Blu-ray Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo's La battaglia di Algeri a.k.a The Battle of Algiers (1966). The preliminary release date set by ...


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