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Umberto D. Blu-ray

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The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1952 | 89 min | Not rated | Sep 04, 2012

Umberto D. (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (35.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
Italian: LPCM Mono

Subtitles
English

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

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Region A (locked)

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Extras 3.5 of 53.5
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Umberto D.

 (1952)

Umberto D. Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

A retired bureaucrat struggles to live on his meager pension in Rome, about to be kicked out of his apartment for back rent, and his only companion his small dog.

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

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Writer: Cesare Zavattini
Starring: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova, Elena Rea, Memmo Carotenuto

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Umberto D. Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Vittorio De Sica's Umberto D. arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

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

"This high-definition digital transfer was created on a Spirit Datacine from the original nitrate camera negative. Thousands of instances of dirt, debris, scratches, splices, warps, jitter, and flicker were manually removed using MTI's DRS and Pixel Farm's PFClean, while Digital Vision's Phoenix was used for small dirt, grain, and noise reduction.

Transfer supervisor: Lee Kline.
Colorist: Roberto Cesario/Cinecitta, Rome."

My only minor complaint here is the presence of some extremely light noise that occasionally creeps in. Black levels might have been slightly elevated, but overall the film's color-scheme is stable and well balanced. Clarity and definition are very good. There are numerous close-ups in the film and none of them have serious limitations. The larger panoramic shots convey strong depth and decent fluidity (see screencapture #15). More importantly, there are no traces of edge-enhancement (which appears to be a common problem with quite a few recent releases of Italian classic films, such as Bicycle Thieves and Miracle in Milan). Grain is present and visible throughout the entire film. There are no serious purely transfer-specific anomalies to report in this review. Large cuts, debris, damage marks, or splices do not plague the transfer either. To sum it all up, the Blu-ray release of Umberto D. represents a solid upgrade in quality over its DVD counterpart. (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).


Umberto D. Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: Italian LPCM 1.0. 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 original monaural soundtrack was remastered at 24-bit from a 35mm optical track print. Clicks, thumps, hiss, and hum were manually removed using Pro Tools HD. Crackle was attenuated using AudioCube's integrated workstation."

There are no serious technical issues with the lossless Italian track to report in this review. It has an appropriate for the film's age limited dynamic amplitude, but clarity is indeed very good. Generally speaking, the dialog is stable, crisp, and easy to follow. Occasionally, Alessandro Cicognini's score makes an impression, but it must be said again that overall dynamic activity is limited. For the record, there are no dropouts or high-frequency distortions.



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Criterion Blu-ray in September: De Sica, Carné, Fincher, Bartel - June 15, 2012

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