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The Big Combo Blu-ray

United States
Olive Films | 1955 | 84 min | Not rated | Sep 24, 2013

The Big Combo (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

Subtitles
None

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region A (B, C untested)

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7.4
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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 3.9 of 53.9
Extras 0.0 of 50.0
Based on 3 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
Film-Noir49%
Crime7%
37%
popularity
239
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The Big Combo

 (1955)

The Big Combo Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Far ahead of its time, The Big Combo takes a dark, disturbing look at the battle between Police Lieutenant Diamond (Cornel Wilde), a good and honest cop, Mr. Brown (Richard Conte), a sadistic crime boss and Susan Lowell (Jean Wallace), a cool and beautiful blonde who gets caught in the middle. With the help of the gangster's ex-girlfriend, Diamond is determined to bring down the cunning gangland kingpin. But the gangster and his henchmen are ruthless. They savagely pummel Diamond and conduct gut-wrenchingly brutal acts of torture that were unusual on screen at the time of the film's release.

For more about The Big Combo and the The Big Combo Blu-ray release, see the The Big Combo Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Brian Donlevy, Jean Wallace, Robert Middleton (I), Lee Van Cleef
Director: Joseph H. Lewis

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The Big Combo Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

The Big Combo is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Olive Films with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.78:1. This is the first Olive release that I can recall bearing a label indicating:
Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in association with The Film Foundation. Restoration funding provided by The Film Foundation. Newly re-mastered in HD by Olive Films and Ignite Films.
This is at least a kind of tangentially interesting development, considering that Olive chose not to utilize the UCLA restoration of The Quiet Man, and at the very least did not label Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye as having been sourced from the UCLA restoration if they did in fact use that version.

While some may feel I'm being a bit overgenerous in my score here, aside from some typical age related damage, relegated almost exclusively to a few white specks that recur throughout this presentation, this is an incredibly lustrous accounting of Alton's gorgeous cinematography, with beautifully modulated gray scale, impressively resolute blacks and bright, distinctive whites. Alton and director Joseph H. Lewis stage a number of scenes in fog enshrouded environments, and this high definition presentation has no problem whatsoever resolving the misty environments without a hint of noise or instability. Fine detail is excellent in close-ups and even midrange shots. While Alton never really uses deep focus, there's interesting depth of field established here with objects or characters often looming in the foreground with other visual information filling the back of the frame. The image remains sharp and well detailed even in techniques like this. There is some very minor haloing in evidence in a couple of shots, but it's not a major distraction in what is otherwise a really great looking high definition presentation.


The Big Combo Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Big Combo features a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track which presents a "big combo" of its own—David Raksin's brass drenched score, which sounds bombastic and clear as a bell here. Dialogue is also very cleanly presented. Fidelity is excellent and dynamic range gets a workout from both Raksin's music and an occasional gun burst or two.



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Olive Films to Release Joseph H. Lewis' The Big Combo - July 17, 2013

Olive Films will release on Blu-ray director Joseph H. Lewis' The Big Combo (1955), starring Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Brian Donlevy, Lee Van Cleef, and Jean Wallace. The preliminary release date set by the studio is September 24th.



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