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The Red Shoes Blu-ray

United Kingdom
ITV DVD | 1948 | 133 min | Not rated | Oct 05, 2009

The Red Shoes (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: LPCM Mono
English: Dolby Digital Mono

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English

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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 2.8 of 52.8
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The Red Shoes

 (1948)

The Red Shoes Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Michael Powell directs Hans Christian Andersen's tale of a famous ballerina who must choose between art and love filmed in glorious Technicolor Jack Cardiff cinematography.

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

Starring: Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Robert Helpmann, Albert Bassermann, Ludmilla Tchérina
Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

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The Red Shoes Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1, encoded with MPEG-4 and granted a 1080p transfer, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's classic The Red Shoes arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors ITV DVD.

The Red Shoes was restored in partnership with UCLA Film & Television Archive in association with the British Film Institute, The Film Foundation, Janus Films and ITV Global Entertainment, and as far as I am concerned, this true classic has never looked better.

There are a number of different areas from this presentation that will impress viewers enormously. In my opinion, the most dramatic improvements pertain to the film's color-scheme. Considering the film's age, blues, reds, yellows, greens, blacks and whites look incredibly lush and well saturated, allowing one to gain a whole new appreciation for what Jack Cardiff did many years ago. If only every Technicolor film could look this good! Contrast is also notably improved. I quick comparison between the old Criterion DVD and this new Blu-ray release immediately reveal that there is absolutely no basis for comparison between the two. Clarity and detail are also much stronger. Stability is also greatly improved. Those of you who own the Criterion DVD know that this is a major issue with it. On the Blu-ray disc, frame stability is most certainly not something you need to worry about. Finally, there are absolutely no annoying scratches, debris, dirt or stains to report in this review. As expected, the massive restoration has addressed what plagued previous prints of the film. (Note This is a Region-B "locked" release. Therefore, unless you have a native Region-B or Region-Free player, you won't be able to access the disc's content).


The Red Shoes Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There are two audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: English LPCM 2.0 Mono and English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. I opted for the English LPCM 2.0 track and later on did a few random comparisons with the English Dolby Digital 2.0 track for the purpose of this review.

The audio treatment mirrors the video treatment - it is fantastic! The English LPCM 2.0 track is crisp and clear. It is also notably stable. Brian Easdale's music score in particular sounds incredible. There is depth and resonance on this track that I have not heard on previous commercial releases of the film. It is also worth mentioning that the high frequencies are not artificially sharpened. The dialog is crisp, clear and very easy to follow. There are no balance issues that I detected either.

The English Dolby Digital 2.0 track is slightly less impressive. For example, the orchestra does not sound as potent and sharp as it is on the English LPCM 2.0 track. On the other hand, the dialog on the English Dolby Digital 2.0 track is dynamically comparable to what I heard on the English LPCM 2.0 track. This being said, there are a few minor synchronization problems that I noticed. For example, when Lermontov speaks, these are rather easy to spot (focus on his lips). Still, there are large portions of the film where it is incredibly difficult to spot what I have described above. Still, I assume that you would opt for the restored English LPCM 2.0 track, so you don't have to worry about what I've noted. For the record, ITV DVD have provided optional English HOH for the main feature.


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