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Viva Las Vegas Blu-ray

United States
Elvis Warner Bros. | 1964 | 85 min | Not rated | Sep 18, 2007

Viva Las Vegas (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1 (20.42 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (640 kbps)
English: Dolby Digital Mono
French: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish

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25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 4.3 of 54.3
Extras 3.1 of 53.1
Based on 11 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Romance100%
Musical71%
Comedy15%
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Viva Las Vegas

 (1964)

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A handsome race car driver and a beautiful swimming teacher sing, dance and fall in love in glittering Las Vegas.

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

Starring: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova, William Demarest, Nicky Blair, Teri Garr
Director: George Sidney

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Viva Las Vegas Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Originally filmed in Panavision and shot in Metrocolor (MGM's name for color films processed in their labs, which were most likely shot on Eastmancolor film), Viva Las Vegas arrives in 1080p high definition on this Blu-ray disc release in its original theatrical release aspect ratio of 2.40:1.

Overall, Viva Las Vegas wears that signature, early-1960's Hollywood color motion picture look of big, bold and bright solid primary colors and often not quite natural looking flesh tones. These films were still being made to show off that they were in full color, rather than to look absolutely natural, but that's okay. There's something to be said for that coloring book look. Some filmmakers still try to capture it today, and Warner have done a brilliant job capturing it in the VC-1 video encoding on this Blu-ray release.

From the opening shots of the bright lights of the Vegas strip, to Elvis' bright vermillion shirt and Ann-Margret's yellow short-shorts, the colors just explode off the screen - Metrocolor indeed.

What's even more amazing is the condition of this 43-year-old film. This thing looks better than some movies that were only done within the last decade. It's astonishing. I found very little issues with the film. I noticed only in the sequence where Elvis and Ann-Margret are on their date, that some frames seemed to be of lesser quality, and were grainier and blurrier, often from one second to the next. As this sequence contains a lot of special effects from the days before CGI, this is most likely from dupe elements spliced in with the live action, non-special effects negative and is not a consequence of the video transfer or encoding.

One other minor quibble I had with the transfer is the tendency for detail to be lost somewhat on distance shots. In close-ups, all foreground detail was sharp, but when there were distance shots, things tended to soften a bit and a little detail was lost.

Other than these things, I could not find any faults with this transfer from Warner. There were no compression artifacts to speak of, no black crush, no edge enhancement, no excessive video noise, and film grain was presented quite naturally.




Viva Las Vegas Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

For this release, Warner continue their trend of finally offering high definition audio on their Blu-ray titles by bringing a newly remastered lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack on this release, along with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. As an added bonus, Warner have also included the original mono soundtrack in English Dolby 1.0, and French and Spanish Dolby 1.0 versions.

I listened to the TrueHD 5.1 track, and then went back and sampled some of the key scenes while listening to the original mono track. The TrueHD track sounds very good for something remixed from a film recorded in 1964, but if you are expecting a discrete 5.1 mix, you will be bit disappointed.

The TrueHD 5.1 mix is presented with everything mixed across the three front channels, and slight ambience placed in the rears. It works to good effect to open up the sound and create a sense of space, but nothing is discretely placed in the rear channels. This is not something that would be expected from a motion picture soundtrack that was recorded in 1964, and most likely recorded to 4 tracks for a possible L/C/R/S (Left/Centre/Right/Surround) configuration, or what we might call today 4.0.

The only fault I could find with the TrueHD 5.1 mix was a slight overemphasis in the upper frequencies during the musical performances. It seems they were definitely going for a modern sheen on these classic recordings. Other than that, the sound was clear, spacious, well balanced, and all dialogue was presented without any issues.

Going back and listening to some of the scenes in the original mono mix was also enlightening, and quite a treat. While the Dolby 1.0 mix did not have the same clarity of the TrueHD mix, it had nothing to do with the fact that it was coming from only one speaker, and everything to do with the lossy Dolby encoding that put a thin veil over the sound. Other than that, the balance, dynamics, and depth were all there. Listening to the title performance "Viva Las Vegas" as well as the duet "The Lady Loves Me", and the portions of dialogue leading into them, it was easy to hear that the mono track was just as capable of supplying intelligible and well balanced sound as the multichannel track was. I'm sure this release will stir up some interesting debates amongst audiophiles for quite a while to come.

Kudos to Warner for providing an excellent lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix of this Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret classic, as well as allowing us the option of being able to hear the film as it was originally intended to be heard, in its original 1.0 mix.




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