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The Magician Blu-ray

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Ansiktet / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1958 | 101 min | Not rated | Oct 12, 2010

The Magician (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

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Swedish: LPCM Mono

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English

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Single disc (1 BD)

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The Magician

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

Dr. Vogler is a mid-nineteenth-century traveling mesmerist and peddler of potions whose magic is put to the test by a small town’s cruel, eminently rational minister of health, Dr. Vergerus. The result is a diabolically clever battle of wits that’s both frightening and funny

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

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Writer: Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, Naima Wifstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Bibi Andersson

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The Magician 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, Ingmar Bergman's The Magician 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 Datacine from a 35mm fine-grain master positive. 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: Lee Kline.
Telecine colorist: Allan Rogers/Post Logic, New York."

This is an exceptionally strong high-definition transfer. Fine object detail is outstanding, clarity very pleasing, and contrast levels consistent throughout the entire film. The color-scheme is also impressive - the blacks are rich and very well saturated while the variety of grays and whites look natural. Edge-enhancement and macroblocking are never an issue of concern. There are no traces of excessive noise reduction either - the film's grain structure is very much intact. There are no serious stability issues to report in this review either. Truly, aside from a couple of minor flecks popping up here and there, The Magician looks fantastic on Blu-ray. (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 Magician Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

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

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

"The monaural soundtrack was remastered at 24-bit from 35mm optical soundtrack print. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated audio workstation."

The Swedish LPCM 1.0 track is solid. The dialog is exceptionally crisp, clean, stable, and easy to follow. There are no balance issues with Erik Nordgren's music score either. Naturally, the dynamic amplitude of the Swedish LPCM 1.0 is rather limited, but the sound has pleasing organic qualities. Lastly, while viewing The Magician I did not detect any disturbing pops, cracks, hissings, or dropouts to report in this review.



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