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The Red Balloon / The White Mane Blu-ray

United Kingdom
Le ballon rouge / Crin blanc: Le cheval sauvage Network | 1956 | 2 Movies | 74 min | Rated BBFC: PG | Jan 18, 2010

The Red Balloon / The White Mane (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
French: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles

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

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 3.5 of 53.5
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The Red Balloon / The White Mane

 (1956)

The Red Balloon / The White Mane Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

On the way to school one morning, a small boy finds a red balloon that attaches itself to him with a human-like intent.

For more about The Red Balloon / The White Mane and the The Red Balloon / The White Mane Blu-ray release, see the The Red Balloon / The White Mane Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.



The Red Balloon / The White Mane Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Albert Lamorisse's Le ballon rouge arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Network.

I've seen Le ballon rouge a number of times during the years, and I feel very comfortable stating that this is the best this wonderful French film has ever looked. Fine object detail, clarity and contrast levels are lovely. The film's color-scheme is also a lot more convincing here - the blacks, browns, blues and reds are a lot richer; on the Criterion SDVD, for example, they look weak. Furthermore, there is a healthy dose of grain that is noticeable throughout the entire film, and even though there is a bit of digital noise that pops up occasionally, when blown through a digital projector The Red Balloon looks absolutely terrific. Finally, I noticed a few tiny flecks but did not see any large cuts, debris, or warps.

Network's Blu-ray disc also contains director Lamorisse's Crin blanc: Le cheval sauvage. The British distributors included the film as a bonus (initially, Crin blanc: Le cheval sauvage was not supposed to appear on the disc), and I personally am delighted to have it on Blu-ray. This said, Crin blanc: Le cheval sauvage does not look as strong as Le ballon rouge - contrast levels and clarity are somewhat inconsistent - but I believe that the original element, which most European distributors apparently have access to, is quite problematic (Criterion's SDVD release, for example, also conveys a lot of the same issues that you would notice on this transfer). As you would see from our captures, around the edges the film looks rough; the grain is also inconsistent. Contrast levels, however, are pleasing. Still, considering that Crin blanc: Le cheval sauvage is practically a free gift from Network, I really can't see how anyone could be disappointed with it. (Note: Even though the back cover of this Blu-ray disc indicates a Region-B "locked" status, this is actually a Region-Free release. Therefore, you will be able to play it on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location. For the record, there is no PAL content preceding the disc's main menu).


The Red Balloon / The White Mane Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is only one audio track for each film: French LPCM 2.0. For the record, the English subtitles are imposed (but in The Red Balloon there are only a dozen or so lines in French).

Le ballon rouge - Maurice Leroux's wonderful orchestral score sounds quite good; the strings are gentle, and the woodwinds and brass crisp and clear. The wonderful clarinet solos, in particular, sound a lot better here compared to the SDVD. Understandably, the dynamic amplitude is rather limited, but the overall quality of the French LPCM 2.0 track is indeed very good.

Crin blanc: Le cheval sauvage - the dialog is clear and easy to follow, but occasionally there is mild background hiss that you would notice. Again, Maurice Leroux's score is very effective, though a bit uneven. Still, the overall sound quality is good.



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The Red Balloon Gets January Date, Bundled White Mane - October 16, 2009

Network DVD has set a January 18 date for the UK Blu-ray release of Albert Lamorisse's 'The Red Balloon' (Le ballon rouge). This 1956 short film, about a red balloon that follows a boy around the streets of Paris, was awarded at Cannes, and won an Oscar for Best ...


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