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The Stranger Blu-ray

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Blu-ray + DVD Film Chest | 1946 | 95 min | Not rated | Feb 15, 2011

The Stranger (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
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
Spanish

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
DVD copy

Playback
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Video 1.5 of 51.5
Audio 2.0 of 52.0
Extras 0.8 of 50.8
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The Stranger

 (1946)

The Stranger Blu-ray features mediocre video and audio in this still overall recommended Blu-ray release

Charles Rankin, a respected academic at a prominent Connecticut college seems to have the perfect life: a beautiful new wife; and a charming home in a small town that holds him in high esteem. Enter Mr. Wilson, a detective on the hunt for Nazi war criminal Franz Kindler. The appearance of Mr. Wilson threatens to reveal that underneath this idyllic veneer is a secret that could tear everything apart.

For more about The Stranger and the The Stranger Blu-ray release, see the The Stranger Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Orson Welles, Richard Long, Konstantin Shayne, Philip Merivale
Director: Orson Welles

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The Stranger Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.5 of 5

Let the games begin! Like a lot of public domain offerings, there was evidently no chance for new niche label Film Chest to get to an internegative or even a safety for source elements, and so this AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.33:1 must be judged on a slightly different scale than an archivally preserved film would be. This was sourced from a 35mm print, and if the brief restoration demonstration is any indication, Film Chest has done a very good job in cleaning this print up, rather substantially in fact. Unfortunately that clean up job has also wiped away virtually any trace of grain, and so this transfer has the same textureless appearance we got on another "restored" print of The Stranger a few years ago on DVD in the Citizen Welles set. In other regards, there are both positives and negatives to this release. The negatives are an overall soft image with overblown contrast (especially in the outdoor scenes which feature whites awfully close to blooming territory). Strangely, this overblown contrast means that black levels are frequently exceptional and that in turn means some of Welles' shadowy, dusky scenes look marvelous. And, really, there are moments in close-ups where this film looks rather impressively sharp. Is this as good as the film could have looked? Probably not. Is it horrible? No. It's too smooth and lacking in fine detail, and contrast is not what it should be, but it's clean, almost entirely free of dirt, debris and damage, and that should count for something. It boils down to whether you're a glass half full or glass half empty viewer.


The Stranger Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

There are two unfortunate things about the audio on this new Blu-ray release. The first, more obvious one, is that we don't have a lossless offering, which in a film as dialogue heavy as this wouldn't be a deal breaker if it weren't for Bronislaw Kaper's gorgeous underscore, one of his most romantic and mysterious pieces. But even worse is that fact that source elements for both the Dolby tracks (5.1 and 2.0) sport some pretty bad damage at times which has not been alleviated in any discernable way. Hiss is overwhelming on at least a couple of occasions, and we also get pops, cracks, and other anomalies with surprising regularity. On at least two occasions there are also brief synchronization issues. Obviously no actual stems were available for this release, and so the 5.1 mix really seems like a bit of overkill, with little if any immersion resulting. The 2.0 track is nominally better simply because it hews more closely to the original sound design of the film, which wasn't overly aggressive to begin with. Aside from the damage, dialogue is clear and crisp and Kaper's score doesn't suffer too badly. The entire track in both its 5.1 and 2.0 incarnations sounds awfully boxy, however, with severely compressed highs and lows.


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The Stranger Blu-ray Announced - January 28, 2011

Film Chest and Virgil Films & Entertainment (formerly Arts Alliance America) have announced The Stranger, Orson Welles' Oscar-nominated 1946 classic, for release in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on February 15. Digitally restored in high definition from original 35 ...


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