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The Dust Bowl Blu-ray

United States
Ken Burns PBS | 2012 | 228 min | Not rated | Nov 20, 2012

The Dust Bowl (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (30.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.77:1, 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
English: LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 16-bit)
Spanish: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish SDH

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (2 BDs)

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 4.2 of 54.2
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Movie appeal

 
Documentary100%
History85%

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The Dust Bowl

 (TV) (2012)

The Dust Bowl Blu-ray offers solid video and great audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

Chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in US history when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Menacing black blizzards killed farmers' crops and livestock threatened the lives of their children and forced thousands of desperate families to pick up and move somewhere else.

For more about The Dust Bowl and the The Dust Bowl Blu-ray release, see the The Dust Bowl Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Narrator: Peter Coyote
Director: Ken Burns

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The Dust Bowl Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

The AVC encoded image (1.77:1 & 1.78:1 aspect ratio) presentation provides a traditional documentary look, balancing the fresh appearance of interviews with an impressive amount of film and photographic evidence of the Dust Bowl. Most of the conversations are generous with fine detail on elderly faces, preserving their emotional state of mind as they recall painful experiences of survival and loss. A mild amount of grain is visible, but never overwhelming or noisy. Some upscaling is detected to shape up a small amount of older conversations, while banding and macroblocking are spotted as well. Warm colors really only impact when emerging off clothing choices and atmospheric shots, favoring a golden hue to reflect the various punishments of the sun and the fragility of the memories offered. Crush is rarely a problem, with expressive blacks conveying the depth of doom found in the harshest of dust storms. Period footage is in rough shape, but agreeably blended into the flow of the work without jarring disruptions in presentation.


The Dust Bowl Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The 5.1 Dolby Digital sound mix is rather subdued but sturdy, favoring the front stage with limited surround activity. Interview footage is direct and clean, detecting the nuances of accents and painful memories coming back to trigger fresh tears in a few of the participants. Peter Coyote's narration is commanding and deep, while musical offerings do a fine job of support without stepping on voices and dramatic endeavors. Some low-end comes into play during heavy dust storm discussions, while sound effects are deployed to embellish stories. The mood is somber and personal, providing the track with a more intimate feel, lacking enormity to keep attention on the interviewees and their incredible recollections.



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The Dust Bowl Blu-ray - August 21, 2012

PBS Distribution and Paramount Home Media Distribution have officially announced that they will release on Blu-ray celebrated documentarian Ken Burns' The Dust Bowl. The release will be available for purchase online and in stores across the United States on November ...



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