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The Bishop's Wife Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1947 | 109 min | Not rated | Nov 05, 2013

The Bishop's Wife (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (24.96 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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

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Region A, B (C untested)

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Video 3.2 of 53.2
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 0.5 of 50.5
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The Bishop's Wife

 (1947)

The Bishop's Wife Blu-ray offers decent video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

At Christmas, an angel named Dudley comes to Earth to help Bishop Henry Brougham, whose fundraising efforts to build a cathedral have estranged him from his wife and parishioners.

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

Starring: Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven (I), Monty Woolley, James Gleason, Gladys Cooper
Director: Henry Koster

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The Bishop's Wife Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Before I evaluate the transfer and mastering of Warner's 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray, I want to identify a glitch that I suspect will result in a recall and replacement, once Warner has verified the problem. At timemark 29:48, during the scene where Dudley returns to the Bishop's study to file index cards, a few frames from an unrelated scene abruptly appear and then vanish. The scene is an earlier one of Dudley and the Professor standing outside the cathedral. The transition is so quick that the mistake appears to be electronic, as if something went awry during the assembly of various portions of the digital master after it had been color-corrected and repaired. A similar glitch was seen with repeating frames in Starship Troopers, but the frames came from the same scene; these frames come from an entirely different scene.

Aside from this flaw, which should have been caught in QC, Warner has provided a first-rate presentation of cinematographer Gregg Toland's typically fine work. Black and white levels, shades of gray, fine detail and natural film grain are all appropriately represented, and although this is obviously a studio production shot on soundstages and backlots, the sense of texture adds to the storybook quality that helps makes The Bishop's Wife a timeless tale. Even the period fashions, including a ladies hat that plays a small but important role, seem not to be of any particular age other than "yesteryear". When Dudley and Julia visit the Professor's small apartment—and Dudley changes the old man's life—the scene is immeasurably enhanced by the visible clutter of books, papers and historical bric-a-bric visible around the room.

Between the black windowbox bars and the relatively light amount of action (except for the ice skating scene), the average bitrate of 24.96 Mbps is sufficient for this black-and-white film.


The Bishop's Wife Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The film's original mono audio soundtrack is presented as lossless DTS-HD MA 1.0, and it sound excellent. Voices are clear, sound effects are vivid, and the score by Hugo Friedhofer (The Best Years of Our Lives) strikes the right balance between light comedy and delicate sentiment. The sequence where Dudley and Julia attend a choir rehearsal, featuring The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir, captures the appropriately ethereal quality that Dudley seems to impart wherever he goes and conveys it more effectively than I suspect would be the case with an over-produced multi-channel mix from today's mixing suites.



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