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The Tin Drum Blu-ray

United States
Die Blechtrommel / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1979 | 163 min | Rated R | Jan 15, 2013

The Tin Drum (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Audio
German: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English

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

Playback
Region A (locked)

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Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 3.8 of 53.8
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Dark humor6%
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The Tin Drum

 (1979)

The Tin Drum Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

In the East Prussia of Danzig before the war, three-year-old Oskar Matzerath decides to stop growing--and succeeds--then finds playing his favorite toy, a tin drum, useful for tuning out things that annoy him, like his mother's dallying with their Polish boarder, the Nazi rallies his father attends, or even the advent of war itself.

For more about The Tin Drum and the The Tin Drum Blu-ray release, see the The Tin Drum Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler (I), David Bennent, Katharina Thalbach, Daniel Olbrychski, Tina Engel
Director: Volker Schlöndorff

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The Tin Drum Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.66:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Volker Schlöndorff's The Tin Drum arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray:

"Director Volker Schlöndorff's final cut of The Tin Drum originally ran 163 minutes, which was longer than his contract permitted; in the end, the studio and the filmmaker agreed on a 142-minute runtime for the theatrical release. Wishing, however, to finally restore the film to its original form, in 2010 Schlöndorff assembled and added the missing scenes based on his editing notes and shooting script. It is this complete version that is presented here. The editor for the additional picture and sound material was Peter Adam, and the restoration was made possible by Argos Films, a coproducer of the film. The completed restoration was approved by Schlöndorff.

The new high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine at Scanlab, in France, from a 35mm interpositive struck from the original camera negative; color grading was done on a Specter. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, and warps were manually removed using MTI's DRS and Pixel Farm's PFClean.

Colorist: Natacha Louis/Scanlab, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France.
Blu-ray mastering: Radius60, Los Angeles."

The basics of the high-definition transfer for the complete version of The Tin Drum, which was approved by Volker Schlöndorff, are very similar to those of the high-definition transfer Arrow Video used for their Blu-ray release of the film in the United Kingdom - but they are not identical. Aside from the negligible framing difference, the Criterion high-definition transfer is slightly brighter. The difference truly is very small, but there are portions of the film where one could notice the elevated brightness levels (compare screencapture #7 with screencapture #2 from our review of the Arrow Video release). Elsewhere, however, brightness and color saturation are virtually the same (compare screencapture #4 with screencapture #10). Detail and image depth are identical. In terms of contrast stability, there are no fluctuations to report in this review either. Compression is marginally better here, but the slightly elevated brightness levels also enhance some of the extremely light noise that occasionally pops up during select sequences. There are no traces of excessive sharpening or degraning. Also, there are no large debris, cuts, damage marks, or warps. All in all, I think that this is very likely to be the definitive presentation of The Tin Drum as obviously various distributors around the world have access to the same master of the film's complete version. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


The Tin Drum Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature.

The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray disc:

"The Tin Drum was originally released with a monaural soundtrack. A 5.1 surround soundtrack was later created from a six-track magnetic element made at Studio Boulogne, in France, for the 1979 70mm blowup screenings of the film. The sound for the additional material in the complete version was created from the original music and effects track, a 1979 stereo music mix, and new ADR recorded at Studio Babelsberg, in Germany, under the supervision of Volker Schlondorff."

The newly remastered and approved by director Volker Schlondorff lossless surround track opens up the film as best as possible. Depth and fidelity are very good, but the range of nuanced dynamics is rather limited. This is not to say that additional substantial improvements could have been made; the film's sound design is simply too modest (this becomes fairly obvious during the rainstorm early into the film). The dialog is crisp, clean, stable, and easy to follow. There are no distortions or audio dropouts to report in this review.



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