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Vera Cruz Blu-ray

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer | 1954 | 94 min | Not rated | Jun 07, 2011

Vera Cruz (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.99:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.00:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
French: Dolby Digital Mono
Italian: Dolby Digital Mono
German: Dolby Digital Mono
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Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish

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Video 3.3 of 53.3
Audio 3.9 of 53.9
Extras 0.9 of 50.9
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Vera Cruz

 (1954)

Vera Cruz Blu-ray offers solid video and great audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of adventurers from the US are hired by the forces of Emperor Maximiliano to escort a countess to Vera Cruz.

For more about Vera Cruz and the Vera Cruz Blu-ray release, see Vera Cruz Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel, Cesar Romero, Sara Montiel, George Macready
Director: Robert Aldrich

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Vera Cruz Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.5 of 5

The fact is, Vera Cruz is never going to look especially sharp or clean. Shot on Superscope—a precursor to Super35 that's sometimes called the "poor man's CinemaScope"—the image is exceptionally grainy and blotchy, which inevitably leads to a lack of truly fine detail. In his 1954 review of the film, Crowther even pointed out that the "scenery might look pretty if the fuzziness of Superscope and the blobbiness of the color were not offensive to the eye." MGM's 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer of the film is about as good as can be expected, then, and it's admirable that the studio resisted the temptation to slather the picture with digital noise reduction in an attempt to lessen film grain. For all its source-related splotchiness, the transfer is natural, with no DNR, edge enhancement, or other forms of tweaking. And to be fair, the film looks better here than it ever has. Even if the image is never tack sharp, it benefits inherently from the high definition upgrade, with more noticeable textures and a tighter overall look. The film's dusty color palette is as rich as it needs to be, with occasional splashes of bright color, like the bright greens, reds, and yellows of Maximilian's troop's uniforms. Black levels are plenty deep enough too, and contrast is even-keeled. Burt Lancaster's white chompers, of course, gleam spectacularly. Finally, there are no compression problems or encode issues.


Vera Cruz Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The quality of the film's DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 track will be familiar to anyone who routinely watches mid-century westerns. That is, this mix shows its age with flattened dynamics and somewhat tinny highs, but otherwise it's perfectly acceptable and exactly what you'd expect from a film of this vintage. MGM probably could've wrangled a 5.1 mix out of the audio elements—panning gunfire and trotting horse hooves into the rear channels, etc.— but I'm more than happy with the original mix, and I suspect most western fans will be too. For what it's worth, the effects—while dated—have more than enough punch, especially gunshots, which pop off loudly. Hugo Friedhofer's score sounds wonderful too, even if it lacks a really memorable theme. Dialogue, without exception, is easy to understand. The disc also includes a variety of dub and subtitle options.



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