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The Big Country Blu-ray

United States
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer | 1958 | 165 min | Not rated | Nov 01, 2011

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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
French: DTS 2.0
Italian: DTS 2.0
German: DTS 2.0
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Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish

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

Playback
Region free

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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 2.0 of 52.0
Based on 9 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
Romance37%
Western36%

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The Big Country

 (1958)

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

A New Englander arrives in the Old West, where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two families over a valuable patch of land. Filmed in Technirama.

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

Starring: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives, Charles Bickford
Director: William Wyler

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The Big Country Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Big Country moseys onto Blu-ray with a mostly spectacular looking AVC eoncded 1080p transfer in 2.35:1. The widescreen, large format Technirama image is perfect for the high definition medium, and for the most part, that's certainly the case here. Depth of field is nothing short of awesome throughout this film, with vistas that extend for scores of miles. Clarity and precision are first rate throughout the bulk of this film, and fine detail is excellent, with gorgeously saturated color. What occasionally hobbles this film is readily apparent registration issues, which pop up almost immediately on some of the outdoor footage, where you'll notice sky tones flickering and changing slightly in value. There are two brief but troubling close-ups of Peck which also show very strong flicker, one at around 2:24 and the other the last close-up of Peck at the end of the film. Black levels are good if not exceptional, with moderate crush in some of the darker scenes, and contrast overall is very good.

Update 7/7/11: Noted film archivist and restorer Robert Harris has been in touch with me and is investigating what appears to be a slight anamorphic stretching on this transfer due to incorrect digital manipulation to remove anamorphosis.


The Big Country Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Big Country unfortunately doesn't have a "big" mix, but it never did. The film's original mono track is presented here courtesy of a lossless DTS-HD Master 2.0 mix, and while it's perhaps lamentable that there's no surround ambience to match the overpowering imagery on display, what's here is certainly serviceable. There are some minor issues with dialogue levels, perhaps due to post-dubbing, but otherwise this is a solid, if obviously very narrow, soundtrack that boasts impressive fidelity and good dynamic range. Moross' iconic score sounds spectacular, though in the best of all possible worlds, it would have been wonderful had the original stems been repurposed for a surround mix.



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Making The Big Country - November 22, 2011

The Big Country was a western made by William Wyler in Technirama. Epic in sale, the film has remained a favorite among fans of westerns. Find out more about the film and Technirama with graphics, photos, and the story behind the film.

Ben Hur: The Making of an Epic - September 27, 2011

One of the most popular spectacles in motion picture history is now available on Blu-ray. To appreciate just what went into this tremendous MGM production, we have a very special Silver Screen column, several months in the making, including studio letters, costume ...

Quigley Down Under and The Big Country Blu-rays - August 22, 2011

This November, MGM Home Entertainment will expand its Blu-ray release schedule for both Quigley Down Under and The Big Country. Quigley Down Under tells the story of an enigmatic sharpshooter (Tom Selleck, Magnum, P.I.) adrift in Australia, while The Big Country ...

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