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The Night of the Hunter Blu-ray

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DigiPack / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1955 | 92 min | Not rated | Nov 16, 2010

The Night of the Hunter (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (35.09 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.67:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (2 BDs)

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Slipcover in original pressing
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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.7 of 54.7
Extras 4.9 of 54.9
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The Night of the Hunter

 (1955)

The Night of the Hunter Blu-ray comes close to perfection with top scores all around making it one of the best Blu-ray's ever

In 1930s rural American South, psychopathic preacher Harry Powell is arrested for a minor offence. His cell mate, Ben Harper, facing the death penalty, confides that he has hidden $10,000 from a bank robbery. When Powell is released, he tracks down Harper's widow and children in an attempt to get his hands on the loot.

For more about The Night of the Hunter and the The Night of the Hunter Blu-ray release, see the The Night of the Hunter Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 5.0 out of 5.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves
Director: Charles Laughton

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The Night of the Hunter Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.67:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"This new digital transfer was created in 2K resolution on a Scanity film scanner from the original 35mm camera negative. 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 suervisors: Robert Gitt, Lee Kline, Nancy Mysel.
Telecine colorist: Gregg Garvin/Modern Videofilm, Los Angeles.
2K scanning: Chris Arreola, Alex Hernandez, Greg Rodin, Derrick Quarles/Sony Colorworks, Los Angeles."

This is an impressive high-definition transfer. A quick comparison with the old R1 MGM SDVD release of The Night of the Hunter immediately reveals a number of dramatic improvements in practically all areas that we typically analyze in our reviews - from detail and clarity to contrast and color reproduction. This high-definition transfer also looks notably healthy; aside from a few minor flecks, I did not see any annoying cuts, warps, or jitter to report in this review. Edge-enhancement, macroblocking, and compression artifacts are also not a serious issues of concern. Also, some minor noise corrections have been performed, but the fine film grain is very much intact. Lastly, I also must note that there are no serious stability issues. All in all, this Blu-ray release represents a very fine upgrade of a terrific film. (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 Night of the Hunter Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 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 taken from the 2001 UCLA Film & Television Archive restoration, supervised by Robert Gitt and by John Polito of Audio Mechanics. This restoration was painstakingly constructed from a 35mm composite master positive, a variable-density soundtrack negative of the film's music and effects track, a projection print, and many rolls of 35mm magnetic film containing fully edited dialogue recordings. All of this audio was digitized at 96 kHz 24-bit by Simon Daniel and Peter Oreckcinto at DJ Audio in Studio City, CA. Additional restoration was performed by Criterion using Pro Tools HD."

A great deal of work was done to make sure that the audio presentation is as good as possible, and it clearly shows. The new English LPCM 1.0 track conveys excellent depth and stability that will undoubtedly impress those of you who own the old R1 SDVD release of Night of the Hunter and can compare it with Criterion's Blu-ray release. There is certain crispness and color to the audio that is indeed very pleasing. The dialog is also clean and stable. Lastly, I did not detect any pops, cracks, hissings, or audio dropouts to report in this review.


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