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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Blu-ray

United States
The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1943 | 164 min | Not rated | Mar 19, 2013

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (26.38 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
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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Audio 4.8 of 54.8
Extras 4.8 of 54.8
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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

 (1943)

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Blu-ray comes close to perfection with top scores all around making it one of the best Blu-ray's ever

Aging military man Clive Candy reflects on the loves and friends who shaped his life, as well as four decades of turbulent British history.

For more about The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and the The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Blu-ray release, see the The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 5.0 out of 5.

Directors: Michael Powell (I), Emeric Pressburger
Writers: Michael Powell (I), Emeric Pressburger
Starring: Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook, Roger Livesey, Ursula Jeans, Roland Culver, James McKechnie

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The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"The digital master presented here was made from The Film Foundation's 2012 restoration. For the restoration, the original 35mm three-strip Technicolor negatives were scanned at 4K resolution on an Imagica wetgate scanner at point360 in Los Angeles. The soundtrack was digitally restored from the original monaural optical soundtrack by Audio Mechanics in Burbank, California.

Restoration supervisors: Mike Pogorzelski/Academy Film Archive, Hollywood; Schawn Belston.
Restoration consultants: Martin Scorsese, Thelma Schoonmaker Powell.
Colorist: Ray Grabowski/Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging (MPI), Burbank, CA.
Digital picture restoration: Reliance MediaWorks, Burbank, CA."

Similar to the UK and French releases, Criterion's release uses as a foundation the new 2012 4K restoration by The Film Foundation. Needless to say, the film looks spectacular. Detail and especially image depth are often quite extraordinary (see screencapture #4). Colors are remarkably rich and well saturated (see screencapture #5). Contrast and brightness levels are also notably stable. I did a few quick comparisons with the other two releases mentioned above and as far as color saturation and brightness are concerned the Criterion and ITV releases appear to be closer to each other (the brightness levels are slightly elevated on the Carlotta Films release). Furthermore, there are absolutely no traces of problematic lab corrections. Compression is also very good. There are no damage marks, debris, scratches, or warps to report in this review. To sum it all up, this is arguably the most impressive restoration and presentation of a Technicolor film to appear on the home video market since the high-definition format was launched. (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 Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

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

The dialog is consistently crystal clear, clean, and stable, while the music is well rounded and well balanced. There are no sudden spikes or drops in dynamic movement. Also, there are no pops, cracks, background hiss, audio dropouts or distortions to report in this review.



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