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The Maltese Falcon Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1941 | 101 min | Not rated | Oct 05, 2010

The Maltese Falcon (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (26.56 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
German: Dolby Digital Mono
Portuguese: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Swedish

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

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.1 of 54.1
Extras 4.4 of 54.4
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The Maltese Falcon

 (1941)

A gallery of high-living lowlifes will stop at nothing to get their sweaty hands on a jewel-encrusted falcon. Detective Sam Spade wants to find out why—and who will take the fall for his partner's murder.

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

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond
Director: John Huston

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The Maltese Falcon Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5


Editor's Note: the Blu-ray release of 'The Maltese Falcon' is presented at its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1. The images included in this review are not representative of the disc's quality.

OK, I'm ready for it, I'm probably going to take some heat for this, but I was a little disappointed with this Blu-ray of The Maltese Falcon, though perhaps not for the reasons you might think. Delivered via an VC-1 codec, in 1080p and the film's original 1.37:1 aspect ratio, the film looks pretty darned wonderful on Blu-ray, with a nice uptick in sharpness, contrast and detail from the previously released SD-DVD. So why the disappointment? Because I, along with so many others, have been so incredibly spoiled by the lavish restorations and gorgeous hi-def re-do's that Warner has regularly given us for the past few years. While The Maltese Falcon looks good, even great, I couldn't help but wish it looked even better. My main complaints, as relatively picayune as they probably seem to most of you, have to do with the film's sharpness and, to a lesser extent, the black levels. There just isn't that razor sharp clarity that Warner has brought to other films of this vintage. While detail is often exceptional, there's just a slight (very slight, in fact) gauziness to a lot of the imagery that I found bothersome. Grain is quite evident throughout the film, so you DNR-phobes have nothing to be concerned about, and black levels are good, if again not quite as robust as I, in my curmudgeonly mode, would have wanted. That said, some of the darker segments of the film now bristle with detail that wasn't clearly visible in previous home video releases. Note for example the background where Spade visits the death scene of Archer. In previous releases it was often a murky, muddy black mass; here on the Blu-ray you can actually make out walls and individual bricks. The bottom line is, The Maltese Falcon looks very, very good indeed on Blu-ray, and if we hadn't been so regularly spoiled by Warner with so many other lustrous releases, I daresay I'd be saying it looks incredible. So take this all in that context, knowing that there's little doubt this is a significant upgrade in image quality from the SD-DVD.


The Maltese Falcon Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5


Before I deal with the generally superb lossless rendering this film receives in its original English language soundtrack courtesy of the Blu-ray's DTS-HD Master Audio mono mix, I refer you to one of the foreign language tracks also included on the film. Just toggle over to the German Dolby Digital mono mix (make sure to do so either before the film starts or at the very latest by the Warner Brothers logo) and please tell me, if you can (or dare), what the frell is going on. I won't spoil the "surprise" for you, other than to say I'm virtually certain Adolph Deutsch is rapidly de-composing in his grave. (Sorry, little musical joke there).

OK, now on to the matter at hand. The Maltese Falcon's lossless mono track sounds very spry for its age, though hiss is more than evident for the bulk of the film's running time. Dialogue is extremely crisp and clear, and Deutsch's cues (at least on everything but the German track) are amazingly forceful (listen at the 13 minute mark, for example), with abundant fidelity through all ranges. While highs are a bit buried underneath the hiss, overall this is a very pleasing sonic experience, one which doesn't sound overly boxy or tinny and which gives a little extra "oomph" to the lows especially courtesy of the lossless audio.


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