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The Odd Couple Blu-ray

United States
Warner Bros. | 1968 | 105 min | Rated G | Jun 04, 2013

The Odd Couple (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (17.98 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

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

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Video 4.7 of 54.7
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 4.1 of 54.1
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The Odd Couple

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The Odd Couple Blu-ray delivers stunning video and solid audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Story about two divorced men who decide to share a New York apartment. Felix is fussy and fastidious to a fault. He proves that cleanliness is next to insanity. Oscar wreaks havoc on a tidy room with the speed and thoroughness of a tornado.

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

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herb Edelman, Monica Evans (I), Carole Shelley
Director: Gene Saks

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The Odd Couple Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

The Odd Couple was the first feature film shot by cinematographer Robert B. Hauser, whose previous work had been on major TV shows such as The Untouchables, Combat! and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Hauser would go on to shoot additional theatrical features, including Steve McQueen's racing film Le Mans, but his TV background suited director Gene Saks's visual strategy, which frequently involved setting the camera at a distance and letting the actors walk in and out of frame in a single master shot.

The 1080p, AVC-encoded Blu-ray released by Warner has been taken from pristine source material and reflects a clean and detailed, if somewhat flat, image. The production design emphasizes muted colors, with an occasional rich hue (e.g., the green felt covering the poker table at the initial game or Oscar's blue baseball cap) that confirms the design is by choice. Blacks are appropriately black, as can be seen in outdoor night scenes. Contrast seems appropriate, neither overstated so that detail is blown out, nor understated so that shadow detail is overwhelmed. Some of the best-looking sequences are those that were added for the film, e.g., where Felix shops in a Bohack supermarket (the chain is now defunct) or where Oscar receives a phone call during a baseball game on which he is reporting (filmed during an actual Mets game at Shea Stadium).

The image has a slight softness that is almost certainly an effect of the slower anamorphic lenses of the period. It clearly doesn't result from any electronic processing or detail stripping. The film's grain pattern is visible and intact, but you might have to put your nose up against the screen to see it. Given the relatively circumscribed nature of most scenes, and the fact that most were shot on sets, there was obviously no difficulty lighting them sufficiently for the optics and film stocks of the late Sixties, thereby ensuring sufficient exposure for a smooth image. The lack of major activity in the frame, plus the black space from the 2.39:1 aspect ratio, probably also accounts for the relatively low average bitrate (17.98 Mbps), which was sufficient to provide a solid image without artifacts.


The Odd Couple Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

The film's original mono soundtrack has been remixed and is presented as lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1. Fortunately, it's a conservative remix that does little more than expand Neal Hefti's famous theme and additional score into the left and right (with light support from the surrounds), while keeping the dialogue and basic sound effects in the center. The dialogue is clear, and the track is serviceable overall. My own preference would have been to retain the original mono track, at least as an option.



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