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The Big Parade Blu-ray

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DigiBook Warner Bros. | 1925 | 151 min | Not rated | Oct 01, 2013

The Big Parade (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (25.84 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

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English SDH, French, Spanish

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Video 4.8 of 54.8
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 4.0 of 54.0
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The Big Parade

 (1925)

The Big Parade Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

The idle son of a rich businessman joins the army when the U.S.A. enters World War One. He is sent to France, where he becomes friends with two working-class soldiers. He also falls in love with a Frenchwoman, but has to leave her to move to the frontline.

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

Starring: John Gilbert, Tom O'Brien, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth, Claire Adams, Claire McDowell
Director: King Vidor

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The Big Parade Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Warner's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray of The Big Parade is a suitable riposte to anyone who claims that Warner doesn't "do" catalog films. The spectacular restoration, reportedly taken directly from the original camera negative, provides a level of clarity and detail that would be impressive for a film from the early sound era, let alone for a silent film that is now 88 years old. Blacks are deep, shades of gray are varied, subtle and well-delineated, and the tints used to create specific moods and distinguish times of day (various blues for night, golden hues for indoors and dusk outside, a light magenta for the romantic closing sequence) are precise, stable and never compromise the essentials of the image. A single shot featuring a red cross on the side of an ambulance gives a hint of the color experiments that lay ahead. (The shot was hand tinted and individually cut into each print of the film.)

Frames are sometimes missing, and the jumps are noticeable but easily overlooked. Every so often, the edge of the image will narrow in slightly for a frame or two, then return to the standard Academy ratio of 1.37:1; this has presumably been done to hide damage beyond the ability of restoration technology, and it usually passes in the blink of an eye. The film's grain pattern is intact and exceedingly fine, given the age of the source. The average bitrate of 25.84 Mbps is sufficient to avoid any compression-related issues, especially given the solid black windowbox bars at the sides. The commentary urges that The Big Parade should be seen on a big screen, but the Blu-ray treatment is so good that the film retains a substantial impact even on home video, as long as the viewer is willing to adapt to the aesthetics of 1925 silent cinema.


The Big Parade Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Blu-ray's lossless DTS-HD MA 2.0 stereo track contains a recording of the orchestral score written by Carl Davis in 1988, which incorporates key elements of the film's original score by William Axt and David Mendoza. A detailed description of Davis' approach is provided in the accompanying digibook.

The score is superbly reproduced, with precise delineation of the instruments, exceptional dynamic range, tight bass that is never boomy, and smooth, refined high notes that are never tiring. Davis' score is a masterly demonstration of just how much storytelling a skillful composer can supply, especially in the battle sequences, where various percussion instruments fill in the sounds of weapons' fire, explosions, bullet hits and bodies falling—and often do so with even greater impact than the actual sound effects might have, because of director King Vidor's deliberately rhythmic technique for staging and editing the scenes. There is nothing hokey or dated about Davis' score. It uses themes of the period (e.g., "Over There", "You're in the Army Now"), but it does so in tight integration with what is happening on the screen. Listening to Davis' work and watching how carefully it has been coordinated with Vidor's imagery gives one a new appreciation of the possibilities of film music.



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