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The Music Man Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1962 | 177 min | Rated G | Feb 02, 2010

The Music Man (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.42:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English, French, Spanish

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

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Video 4.8 of 54.8
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 2.3 of 52.3
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Romance100%
Musical90%
Family67%
Comedy45%
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The Music Man

 (1962)

The Music Man Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

A con man, masquerading as a music professor, convinces a small town to form a brass band as a way for him to pocket some dough. Although he knows nothing about music, somehow he is able to magically transform the townsfolk into acceptable performers. This joyful film of the 1,375-performance Broadway smash remains irresistible. Robert Preston recreates his winning Broadway triumph as con artist Harold Hill. Meredith Willson’s sassy, brassy score – featuring the unforgettable "Seventy-Six Trombones" and "Till There Was You" among other marvelous melodies – is orchestrated to brilliant Oscar effect by Ray Heindorf.

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

Starring: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold, Ron Howard, Paul Ford
Director: Morton DaCosta

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The Music Man Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

There's mostly good news to report with Music Man's VC-1 encoded 1080p 2.4:1 transfer. Detail is incredibly sharp and for the most part the palette is bursting with exceptional color and nuance. There's a slight yellowish tint to the proceedings that is slightly off putting, rendering some of the flesh tones a sort of weird unnatural color. Reds and blues are especially impressive here, though those with a videophile's persnicketiness will notice that same yellow tint ever so slightly tweaking the spectrum. Grain looks very good throughout, and there are no blemishes or damage of any major import. There was one brief, and really rather bizarre, moment of artifacting which was quite noticeable. During the "Pickalittle" number (yet another great example of Willson's proficiency with patter), da Costa cuts to a black and white hen, and the line shimmer was really quite spectacular. In fact, I've decided to name this artifact after this unusual moment, and hereby dub it "The Magical Chicken Line Shimmer" effect.


The Music Man Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

While I understand the desire to upgrade classic films' soundtracks to modern day standards, sometimes I wonder if just leaving well enough alone wouldn't be better. The Music Man received a Dolby Digital 5.1 upgrade for its most recent SD-DVD release, and that in turn has been upgraded to a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix for this Blu-ray release. While only a curmudgeon would really complain about this in any detail, there are a couple of issues. First and foremost, there really isn't a whale of a lot of surround activity, which frankly is fine with me. The original film was released in stereo and never was hobbled by that technology. What's a bit more bothersome here is the boxiness of the stems themselves. Some of the looped dialogue has very noticeable differences in reverb and sound quality, and unfortunately the score sounds like it has a soft muslin sheath over the high and low ends, making things sound ever so slightly compressed. There are also some volume fluctuations throughout the film. There's nothing egregiously horrible about this mix, but I personally would have preferred the original stereo mix as an option, perhaps in an uncompressed format. On the other hand, if you toggle briefly to the Spanish mono mix, you'll quickly realize how robust the DTS 5.1 offering really is.



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Warner Home Video has announced that they will bring the Academy Award- winning films 'The Music Man' and 'Mystic River' to Blu-ray on February 2nd. Video for both films will be presented in 2.4:1 1080p VC-1. Audio specs have yet to be announced for 'The Music ...


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