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The Birth of a Nation Blu-ray

United States
Special Edition / Blu-ray + DVD Kino Video | 1915 | 193 min | Not rated | Nov 22, 2011

The Birth of a Nation (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
None

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Three-disc set (1 BD, 2 DVDs)
DVD copy

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region A, B (C untested)

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 4.0 of 54.0
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Movie appeal

 
Drama100%
War22%
History17%
Epic-
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The Birth of a Nation

 (1915)

The Birth of a Nation Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Nearly 100 years after its initial release, The Birth of a Nation remains one of the most controversial films ever made and a landmark achievement in film history that continues to fascinate and enrage audiences. It is the epic story of two families, one northern and one southern, during and after the Civil War. D. W. Griffith's masterful direction combines brilliant battle scenes and tender romance with a vicious portrayal of African-Americans. It was the greatest feature-length blockbuster yet to be produced in the United States and the first to be shown in the White House. After seeing it, President Woodrow Wilson remarked it was "like writing history with lightning!"

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

Starring: Lillian Gish, Henry B. Walthall, Ralph Lewis, Miriam Cooper, Mary Alden, Mae Marsh
Director: D.W. Griffith

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The Birth of a Nation Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

I've seen Kino's 1993 restoration of Birth of a Nation on DVD, and a few months ago I watched the film streaming on Hulu+, and compared to both this new Blu-ray edition is a revelation. This is the earliest silent movie Kino has yet released in high definition, and it's a prime example of how wonderful these films can now look on home video. As usual, Kino's approach is to do only what is absolutely necessary to optimize the picture. Film grain is kept intact—no smeary DNR here—and the image is free of edge enhancement or other kinds of overly unnatural boosting. The picture has been digitally tinted, but this is to bring the film back to Griffith's original specifications. (Sometimes the tinting does look a bit too bright or saturated to me, but I'm no expert on what the film looked like in 1915, so I'll default to Kino.) Clarity is remarkably improved from the DVD—which is also included in this set—as everything looks more defined and resolved. The tonal dynamics are strong too, with deep blacks and a usually balanced sense of contrast. (Highlights can look a bit blown out in certain scenes.) Of course, the picture does display the expected levels of age-related wear and tear—scratches, specks, judder, and minor warping—but if you watch many silent films you're already used to this. Overall, this transfer makes for a notable advance, and film collectors should have no qualms about upgrading to the Blu-ray.


The Birth of a Nation Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Birth of a Nation features two audio options on Blu-ray, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Linear PCM 2.0 versions of the film's original score, as performed in 2011 by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Both the surround and stereo mixes sound great, with defined instrumentation and a wide dynamic breadth. As you'd hope, the music is complementary rather than overpowering—it suits the film perfectly. The option of a few additional interpretations of the score would've been nice, but I have no real complaints.



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Two Classic D.W. Griffith Films Heading to Blu-ray (Updated) - August 26, 2011

Independent distributors Kino Video have revealed that they will release on Blu-ray two legendary films by director D.W. Griffith: The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Way Down East (1920). The preliminary release dates for both releases is November 22.


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