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The Ice Storm Blu-ray

United States
The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1997 | 113 min | Rated R | Jul 23, 2013

The Ice Storm (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (28.26 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH

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

Playback
Region A (locked)

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Extras 4.5 of 54.5
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The Ice Storm

 (1997)

The Ice Storm Blu-ray offers solid video and superb audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

1973, suburban Connecticut: middle class families experimenting with casual sex, drink, etc., find their lives out of control.

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

Director: Ang Lee
Writer: James Schamus
Starring: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christina Ricci, Henry Czerny, Tobey Maguire

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The Ice Storm Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Ang Lee's The Ice Storm arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"Supervised by director Ang Lee and director of photography Frederick Elmes, this digital transfer was created in 2K resolution on a Spirit 4K DataCine from a 35mm interpositive, and color-corrected on Autodesk's Lustre system. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI's DRS and Pixel Farm's PFClean, while Image Systems' Phoenix was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Transfer supervisors: Frederick Elmes, Lee Kline, Ang Lee.
Colorist: Joe Gawler/Technicolor, New York.
Additional footage correction: Gregg Garvin/Modern Videofilm, Los Angeles.
Additional color correction supervised by: Maria Palazzola."

The high-definition transfer appears to have been struck from the same source Criterion worked with when they prepared their DVD release of The Ice Storm in 2008. However, additional work has been done to improve various areas. The result is a somewhat pleasing but often quite inconsistent presentation.
There are traces of light sharpening corrections that make select portions of the film look rather harsh. Light halo effects are often easy to spot. Contrast levels appear to have been toned down to soften them and in certain areas this is indeed a solution that works well, but elsewhere the film can look quite flat (see screencapture #4). Colors are stable, but they could and should look healthier. The good news is that there are no traces of excessive degraining corrections. Naturally, there are obvious improvements in detail and clarity in areas where the DVD release struggled (screencapture #19 comes from one such area). Lastly, there are no large damage marks, debris, cuts, or stains to address in this review. All in all, Criterion's Blu-ray release clearly represents an upgrade in quality over the label's DVD release, but, to me, it is also obvious that The Ice Storm could look a lot better. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


The Ice Storm Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one standard audio track on this Blu-ray release: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

The lossless audio track alone is a good enough reason to recommend upgrading your DVD release of The Ice Storm. It will not test the muscles of your system, but it will greatly enhance your viewing experience. Indeed, Mychael Danna's soundtrack has a very important role in the film which is a lot easier to appreciate now. I also feel that the dialog is crisper and clearer than it is on the DVD release.



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