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The Great Dictator Blu-ray

United States
The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1940 | 125 min | Not rated | May 24, 2011

The Great Dictator (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (25.99 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English SDH

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

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Region A (locked)

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 4.9 of 54.9
Based on 5 user reviews

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The Great Dictator

 (1940)

The Great Dictator Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Chaplin plays two characters in his first full talkie. Adenoid Hynkel, the dictator of Tomania, and a Jewish barber. The barber recovers from amnesia to discover Hynkel is persecuting all the Jews in his country. The film ends with a message of hope for the world.

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

Starring: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert
Director: Charles Chaplin

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The Great Dictator Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"This new high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit 2K Datacine from a combination of a 35mm fine-grain master positive and a 35mm duplicate negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI's DRS system and Pixel Farm's PFClean system, while digital Vision's DVNR system was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Telecine supervisor: Yannick Folliard/Vdm, Paris.
Color correction: Cecile Cheurlot, Pierre Hotte/Vdm, Paris.
Sound restoration: L. E. Diapason. Paris."

Criterion appear to have struck their high-definition transfer from the same restored master, courtesy of French distributors MK2, which British distributors Park Circus had access to when they prepared their Blu-ray release of The Great Dictator. Naturally, the difference in quality between the two is minimal at best.

Criterion have performed various small contrast adjustments and slightly enhanced black levels; grays also appear slightly richer on the Criterion release. Once again, during a couple of scenes I noticed some extremely light edge-enhancement trying to creep in (see screencapture #16), but in motion the overwhelming majority of it is absolutely harmless. Detail is very good, especially during the daylight scenes. Clarity is also consistent. Additionally, I did not see any traces of heavy noise reduction, though various minor corrections obviously have been performed. Yet none of them have affected the integrity of the presentation; on the contrary, the image has been effectively stabilized (there are no lumps of pulsating noise popping up, etc). The film's grain structure is also as consistent as I assume it could be. All in all, Criterion have once again delivered a strong, thoroughly satisfying release of an important classic film. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


The Great Dictator Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray release: English LPCM 1.0. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"The monaural soundtrack was transferred at 24-bit from the sound negative and restored by L.E. Diapason using Pro Tools and Cedar. Additional restoration was done at Criterion, where clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD and crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated workstation."

The English LPCM 1.0 track is solid. It has a decent dynamic amplitude and pleasing depth. I did a few tests with Brahms' "Hungarian Dance No. 5." - the Park Circus release has English LPCM 2.0 and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks - and felt very satisfied with the English LPCM 1.0 track. The strings sound rich and colorful but slightly distant, while the timpani sound a bit soft. The dialog is clean, stable and easy to follow.



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