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The Miracle of the Bells Blu-ray

United States
Olive Films | 1948 | 120 min | Not rated | May 14, 2013

The Miracle of the Bells (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.38:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

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None

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Region A (B, C untested)

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The Miracle of the Bells

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The Miracle of the Bells Blu-ray delivers great video and mediocre audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

Granting her final request, a Hollywood press agent brings the dead body of an actress, who died after making her first and only film, back to her hometown for burial. To arouse public interest, and to get the reluctant studio head to release the film, he asks all the local churches to ring their bells for three days.

For more about The Miracle of the Bells and the The Miracle of the Bells Blu-ray release, see the The Miracle of the Bells Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Director: Irving Pichel
Writer: Ben Hecht (I)
Starring: Fred MacMurray, Alida Valli, Frank Sinatra, Lee J. Cobb, Charles Meredith (I), Philip Ahn

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The Miracle of the Bells Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Miracle of the Bells is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Olive Films with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.38:1. This is another generally very solid high definition presentation from Olive, one that only has a few minor blemishes to report in terms of its elements, as well as some momentary print through and flicker that's most noticeable in what would have been the first reel. Otherwise, though, this transfer offers excellent contrast and a generally very pleasing image. Valli is sometimes shot in soft focus, but the rest of the image is decently sharp and nicely detailed. As with most Olive Films catalog releases, The Miracle of the Bells does not appear to have undergone any digital scrubbing or manipulation of any noticeable kind.


The Miracle of the Bells Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

The Miracle of the Bells' lossless DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track unfortunately features some pervasive distortion, especially in the all important midrange, something that's instantly noticeable in the theme music playing during the credits sequence but which continues unabated in one degree or another for much of the rest of the film. The good news is that most if not all of the dialogue isn't overly affected by this anomaly (though occasional lines, like the stage manager's shouts at the chorus girls early in the film, clearly are). The score and some of the sound effects (including the bells) suffer at least somewhat from this problem. There's nothing absolutely unlistenable here, but even those without a penchant for noticing things like minor distortion will probably be able to pick out the raspiness of the midrange on this track.



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