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World on a Wire Blu-ray

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Welt am Draht / The Criterion Collection Criterion | 1973 | 213 min | Not rated | Feb 21, 2012

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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Audio
German: LPCM Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English

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

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Region A (locked)

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Video 4.8 of 54.8
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 3.5 of 53.5
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World on a Wire

 (1973)

World on a Wire Blu-ray delivers stunning video and great audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

Simulacron 1 is the highly advanced project of a near-future cybernetics company. At the heart of the project is a supercomputer programmed to create a virtual world populated with computer-generated people known as 'identity units'. When the project's leader has a mental breakdown and commits suicide, his successor, Fred Stiller (Klaus Lowitsch), takes over. However, as he delves deeper into Simulacron, the line between the real world and its simulated counterpart becomes increasingly blurred, and before long he too is spiralling into madness.

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

Starring: Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben
Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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World on a Wire Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's World on a Wire arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

Recently restored, World on a Wire looks great on Blu-ray. The high-definition transfer has that very pleasing thickness which newly restored older films have when they transition to Blu-ray without problematic post-production corrections (excessive sharpening, severe denoising, etc). Close-ups with plenty of light, in particular, look great. Color reproduction here is also vastly superior - on the R2 DVD release by Second Sight the blues and reds often look pale; here they are well saturated and looking fresh. There are no serious stability issues to report in this review either. This said, while the restoration by the Fassbinder Foundation has obviously completely transformed the film, there are still a couple of scenes where small damage marks revealing its age remain (see screencapture #13 where a horizontal line splits the image frame). Nevertheless, this is a very strong, very competent presentation that does the film justice. (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).


World on a Wire Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: German LPCM 1.0. For the record, Criterion have provided optional English subtitles for the main feature.

The improved range of dynamics is very obvious if you have the R2 DVD and decide to run a few tests. The audio effects/noises that pop up with Stiller's headaches are also slightly more clear. Gottfried Hüngsberg's psychedelic music score also gets a decent boost - the sound is notably thicker and fuller. The dialog is crisp, clean, stable, and very easy to follow. The English translation is excellent.



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