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Whisky Galore! Blu-ray

United Kingdom
Digitally Remastered | 80 Years of Ealing Optimum Home Entertainment | 1949 | 82 min | Rated BBFC: PG | Aug 08, 2011

Whisky Galore! (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
English: LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English SDH

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

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region B (locked)

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Video 4.5 of 54.5
Audio 3.5 of 53.5
Extras 3.8 of 53.8
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Whisky Galore!

 (1949)

Whisky Galore! Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Based on a true story. The name of the real ship, that sunk Feb 5 1941 - during WWII - was S/S Politician. Having left Liverpool two days earlier, heading for Jamaica, it sank outside Eriskay, The Outer Hebrides, Scotland, in bad weather, containing 250,000 bottles of whisky. The locals gathered as many bottles as they could, before the proper authorities arrived, and even today, bottles are found in the sand or in the sea every other year.

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

Starring: Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, Catherine Lacey, Bruce Seton, Wylie Watson, Gabrielle Blunt
Director: Alexander Mackendrick

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Whisky Galore! Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1, encoded with VC-1 and granted a 1080p transfer, Alexander Mackendrick's Whisky Galore! arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Optimum Home Entertainment.

The following text appears in the press materials for the Blu-ray release of Whisky Galore!:

"Whiskey Galore was restored in high-definition for this release using the best original film materials available. Unfortunately, some technical issues remain in the form of occasional printed-in dirt and scratches, periodic softness and instability of picture caused by film shrinkage, and image flicker caused by density fluctuations. These issues are all as per the original film source materials and reflect both the nature of the original film production and the physical state of the materials."

Despite the above warning about various inherited issues, Whisky Galore! looks terrific on Blu-ray. Many of the close-ups -- and there are plenty of happy faces during the second half of the film -- look very strong. In fact, looking at some of them it is hard to imagine that Whisky Galore! was filmed in 1949. Despite minor fluctuations, clarity and contrast are also pleasing. Even during the very dark foggy sequences, clarity is surprisingly good. The best news, however, is that there are absolutely no traces of heavy DNR alterations. Unsurprisingly, healthy grain in various doses is present throughout the entire film. Edge-enhancement and macroblocking do not plague the high-definition transfer either. Color reproduction is convincing -- the blacks look healthy, not boosted, while the variety of grays and whites convey pleasing organic qualities. Finally, occasionally some sequences do look marginally softer than others, but the fluctuations are certainly within the realm of what is natural for aged films. Some minor scratches also appear here and there, but very large debris or damage marks have been eliminated. All in all, this is a very strong and very convincing presentation. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


Whisky Galore! Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English LPCM 2.0. For the record, Optimum Home Entertainment have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

There are obvious improvements in terms of balance and fluidity here. Pops, cracks, and hiss have also been removed. As a result, the dialog is pleasingly clean and stable. There are no problematic dynamic fluctuations and absolutely no distortions whatsoever. Considering the age of the film, it appears that the audio has been optimized as best as possible.



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Whisky Galore Detailed - June 3, 2011

On August 8th, British distributors Optimum Home Entertainment will release on Blu-ray Alexander Mackendrick's Whisky Galore (1949), starring Basil Radford (Night Train to Munich), Catherine Lacey (The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes), and Bruce Seton (The Cruel ...


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