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The River Blu-ray

France
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3
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Le Fleuve Carlotta Films | 1951 | 99 min | Unrated | Mar 21, 2012

The River (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (35.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.34:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

Subtitles
French

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

Playback
Region B (locked)

Price
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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.6 of 54.6
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 3.4 of 53.4
Based on 2 user reviews

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The River

 (1951)

The River Blu-ray delivers truly amazing video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

An adolescent English girl comes of age in India.

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

Starring: Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields, Suprova Mukerjee, Thomas E. Breen (I), Patricia Walters
Director: Jean Renoir

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The River Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.34:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Jean Renoir's The River arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of French distributors Carlotta Films.

Restored by the Academy Film Archive, in cooperation with the British Film Institute and Janus Films (with the restoration funded by The Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), The River has literally been given a new life. In fact, I would go on record here and state that this is the most impressive restoration of a Technicolor film I have seen released on Blu-ray to date, the excellent restoration for the beautiful The Red Shoes included.

Detail is excellent, both during close-ups and large panoramic scenes. Clarity and depth are also enormously pleasing. What impresses the most, however, are the lush colors. There are so many scenes here that truly look like moving pictures (see screencapture #3). During the second half of the film, where most of the rituals are, there are also some unbelievably fluid Technicolor sequences that should put a big smile on viewers who project their films on large screens. Furthermore, there are absolutely no traces of problematic digital tinkering. Unsurprisingly, the film has a consistently pleasing organic look. The restorers have also made sure that there are no annoying flecks, scratches, or larger damage marks and stains. There are no stability issues to report in this review either. All in all, The River has transitioned to Blu-ray in spectacular fashion, and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that at the end of 2012 it will be considered one of the year's very best releases. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B or Region-Free player in order to access its content).


The River Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0. For the record, Carlotta Films have provided optional French subtitles for the main feature.

The audio has been thoroughly cleaned up - there are no pops, cracks, heavy hiss, or annoying dynamic fluctuations and then stabilized as best as possible. Unsurprisingly, it has excellent depth and very good fluidity. The exotic music also sounds full and well rounded, not anemic lacking depth (as it sounds on Criterion's R1 DVD release of The River). Also, there are no sync issues, distortions, or audio dropouts to report in this review.



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