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The Great Dictator Blu-ray

United Kingdom
Charlie Chaplin - The Collection / Blu-ray + DVD Park Circus | 1940 | 125 min | Rated BBFC: PG | May 10, 2010

The Great Dictator (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

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

Subtitles
None

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

Playback
Region B (locked)

Price
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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 3.5 of 53.5
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The Great Dictator

 (1940)

The Great Dictator Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this excellent 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 4.0 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 British distributors Park Circus.

This is a very good high-definition transfer. Fine object detail is convincing, clarity pleasing and contrast levels very impressive. There are a couple of scenes where I noticed mild edge-enhancement creeping in, but overall the image looks fresh and natural. Macroblocking is not a serious issue of concern. I also did not detect any traces of heavy filtering (there are a couple of spot corrections, most notably during the second half of the film, after Napaloni visits Hynkel, but fine detail is intact, and grain is certainly present). Many of the Chaplin close-ups, for example, look wonderful. Furthermore, the color-scheme is terrific - the blacks are lush and vibrant while the grays and whites look fresh and cool. Additionally, there are no serious stability issues to report in this review. Also, unlike The Kid, The Great Dictator isn't plagued by inherited scratches, warps, or cuts. To sum it all up, this is undoubtedly the best presentation of Chaplin's The Great Dictator that I have ever seen. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


The Great Dictator Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There are two audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and English LPCM 2.0. For the record, Park Circus have not provided optional English subtitles for the main feature.

Similar to The Kid, Chaplin's The Great Dictator has received two very strong loseless audio tracks. I opted for the English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and was certainly not disappointed. Admittedly, the orchestral score has benefited the most, but Chaplin's passionate speeches now also sound crisper. The dynamic amplitude is, probably, the best it could possible be. The dialog is clean and stable, and there are no serious balance issues.

The lack of optional English subtitles is something that I am concerned about. Hopefully, Park Circus will address the issue, as optional English subtitles should be a standard feature on all Blu-ray releases.



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Two Chaplin Films Announced for Blu-ray - February 15, 2010

UK film distributor Park Circus has announced that its new home entertainment label will launch in the second quarter of 2010 and that it will start with a bang, by being the first to release movies directed by Charlie Chaplin in high definition, licensed from ...


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