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Thief Blu-ray

United States
The Criterion Collection / Blu-ray + DVD Criterion | 1981 | 125 min | Not rated | Jan 14, 2014

Thief (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (32.49 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)
DVD copy

Playback
Region A (locked)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 5.0 of 55.0
Audio 5.0 of 55.0
Extras 4.2 of 54.2
Based on 3 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
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Crime27%
Film-Noir24%
Heist9%
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Thief

 (1981)

Thief Blu-ray delivers truly amazing video and audio in this absolutely must-own Blu-ray release

Frank is an expert professional thief. His speciality is high-value diamond jobs. After a long stint in prison, he gets out having a very concrete idea of what he wants out of life a wife, kids, and nice home. As soon as he is able to achieve this goal, by doing what he does best, he intends to retire and become a model citizen. In an effort to accelerate this process, he reluctantly signs on with a big-time gangster to take down a huge score. Unfortunately, Frank's obsession with his vision of the American Dream allows him to put aside his natural wariness and mistrust when making the deal for this final job. Thus he becomes ensnared and robbed of his own freedom, independence, and ultimate dream!

For more about Thief and the Thief Blu-ray release, see Thief Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 5.0 out of 5.

Starring: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, James Belushi, Robert Prosky, Dennis Farina
Director: Michael Mann (I)

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Thief Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Michael Mann's Thief arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"This new digital transfer was created in 4K resolution on a Northlight film scanner from the 35mm original camera negative. Director Michael Mann's original 35mm answer print was used as a color reference, and Mann supervised and approved the entire transfer. The additional Willie Dixon fisherman scene was taken from a 35mm internegative made from a 35mm print. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, and warps were manually removed using MTI's DRS, while Digital Vision's Phoenix was used for small dirt, grain, and noise management, jitter, and flicker.

The original stereo soundtrack was remastered to 5.1 surround at 24-bit from 35mm 4-track magnetic audio stems, and approved by Mann. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated workstation.

Transfer supervisors: Lee Kline, Michael Mann.
Colorist: Gregg Garvin/Modern VideoFilm, Burbank."

Restored in 4K and approved by Michael Mann, the director's cut of Thief looks incredibly beautiful on Blu-ray. In fact, the improvements in image quality are so dramatic that I feel very comfortable stating that those who have previously seen Thief only on the non-anamorphic R1 DVD MGM produced years ago will experience an entirely new film. The nighttime footage, in particular, looks spectacular. The flat and murky visuals from the DVD release are replaced by dark but lush visuals with some hugely atmospheric neon lights that give the film a very stylish neo-noir look. Additionally, now it is a lot easier to appreciate the camera's very precise moves. (See the opening sequence where the camera slowly moves between the two buildings and see how light and shadow are treated). Contrast levels are stable. Sharpness levels occasionally fluctuate, but the minor fluctuations are part of the film's visual design. Color reproduction is excellent. In fact, there is an entirely new range of cold colors that are crucial for the film's neo-noir look. There are absolutely no traces of problematic degraining corrections. Also, sharpening adjustments have not been applied. Unsurprisingly, from start to finish the film has a very solid organic look. Finally, the film also looks very healthy. There are no debris, scratches, cuts, stains, or warps to report in this review. All in all, I am convinced that some older fans of Thief will be quite overwhelmed by this newly restored director's cut of the film. It is that beautiful. (Note: This is a Region-A "locked" Blu-ray release. Therefore, you must have a native Region-A or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Thief Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

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

As far as I am concerned, the improvements in the audio department are even more impressive than those in the video department. The depth and fluidity of legendary electro/ambient group Tangerine Dream's atmospheric soundtrack are so much better that entire sections of the film now have a completely different vibe. Also, the shootouts and the casual conversations sound fantastic. For the record, there are absolutely no pops, cracks, audio dropouts, or distortions to report in this review.



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New Clip: James Caan on Thief - February 13, 2014

The Criterion Collection has released a short clip from an exclusive video interview with actor James Caan which is included on the Blu-ray release of Michael Mann's classic crime film Thief (1981).

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For the week of January 14th, Universal Studios Home Entertainment streets Riddick on Blu-ray. Other titles include Fox's Enough Said, the docudrama The Butler, Lionsgate's You're Next, The Spectacular Now, and Pride and Prejudice releases, and Criterion's Rififi ...

Criterion Announces January Titles - October 16, 2013

The Criterion Collection has announced six titles for Blu-ray release in January: On January 7th, the studio will release Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood. On January 14th, it will release Jules Dassin's Rififi and Michael Mann's Thief. On January 21, it will release ...

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