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The Mikado Blu-ray

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The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1939 | 91 min | Not rated | Mar 29, 2011

The Mikado (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English SDH

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

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The Mikado

 (1939)

The Mikado Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

A cinematic retelling of the fabled British political satire comic opera set in exotic Japan.

For more about The Mikado and the The Mikado Blu-ray release, see the The Mikado Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Kenny Baker, John Barclay, Jean Colin
Director: Victor Schertzinger

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The Mikado Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.34:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Victor Schertzinger's The Mikado 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 interpositive. 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: Martin Southworth/Rushes, London."

Time has left its mark on The Mikado. While this newly remastered digital transfer brings back to life a lot of the film's natural depth and colors, some limitations remain. Generally speaking, detail is pleasing - now the elaborate costumes and rich decors are a lot easier to appreciate. Clarity is also dramatically improved, particularly during close-ups. Some of the wider shots, however, convey softness around the edges. Additionally, I saw traces of minor noise corrections. Light grain, however, is present throughout the entire film. The color reproduction is also the best I have ever seen. There are various minor color pulsations, as well as subtle color shifting (occasionally the light Technicolor reds and greens overlap), but overall the color-scheme is indeed very pleasing. Finally, a thorough cleanup has obviously been performed, as there are absolutely no large debris, scratches, or damage marks to report in this review. (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 Mikado Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is only one 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 following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

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

There are various improvements in the audio department as well. The overwhelming majority of them have to do with stability and density - the sound is fuller and stronger, and there are no disturbing distortions. Generally speaking, the dialog is crisp and very easy to follow. I also did not detect any disturbing pops, cracks, or heavy background hiss to report in this review.



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