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Splice (Double Play Blu-ray + DVD)
Splice (Double Play Blu-ray + DVD)
Dvd ~ Adrien Brody
Offered by Sent2u
Price: 3.40

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Splice (Vincenzo Natali, Canada/France/U.S, 2010) - blu-ray edition, 28 Dec 2010
Specifications -

Disc: Region B locked, MPEG 4 AVC encoded.

Video: 1.78:1 aspect ratio, 1080p/24fps. Colour.

Audio: English Dolbly Digital 2.0 surround (default setting), English DTS-HD MA 5.1.

Subtitles: optional English.

Supplements:
Interview with the director (24mins, SD).
'A Directors Playground' featurette (32mins ,SD)
'Behind the scenes' featurette (33mins ,SD)
Theatrical Trailer (2mins, HD).
Dvd copy with same supplementary material.

Censorship?: The version on the U.K blu-ray is the same one released in Canada and the United States. An alternate version has also been released in Europe however. This version includes alternate shots, extended shots and a couple of extra (brief) scenes. The alternate European version misses some shots that are in the original release and also has a cut in the rape sequence. The differences are hardly noticable. The BBFC passed the film without cuts as 15 and it contains strong bad language, infrequent violence, two sex scenes and one scene of sexual violence.

This is one of those films that starts rather promising. A science-fiction drama about a couple trying to play god and create a new species. We've seen it before but 'Splice' does attempt to get into the three main characters (Elsa, Clive and their creation Dren) and in some scenes you actually feel for poor little Dren. The visual effects are rather well done, as is the acting as well. Sadly instead of having a thought provoking moral the film just ends up being another contrived generic monster on the loose flick. The film does feature possibly the most bizarre sex scene you'll see. I can see this becoming a cult film in years to come (the director also made the cult classic 'Cube' (1998) and it has a bit of an offbeat feel to it.
The Hi-Def presentation is excellent. The video is near flawless and is very sharp with some noticable grain in certain scenes. The audio is very good too, however the 2.0 track is set as default (on my copy anyway). The music, dialogue and sound effects are balanced well. Compared to other region blu-rays it appears the U.K release is the top dog when it comes to the extras. No director commentary, but we do get a lengthy interview. 'A directors playground' is basically on-set footage and shows a little insight on the effects. The 'Behind The Scenes' featurette is like a making of documentary and contains interviews with the cast and crew. The trailer is also included and its obvious the distributor wanted to market this film as a horror picture.

The Region Free U.S release features an inferior VC-1 encoding and has 'The directors playground' featurette as the only bonus feature. The German release has the alternate European version, 'Behind the scenes' featurette and the trailer as bonus material, English DTS-HD 5.1. I am unsure if it has mandatory German subtitles though.

I quite enjoyed this film and the HD presentation of it. However the final 20 minutes or so is rather predictable and its not a film for everyone (you'll love or hate it). The extras are a question of quality than quantity. Rent it first is my advise and if you like it then i can easily recommend this blu-ray edition.
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Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 [Blu-ray]
Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Samuel Armstrong
Price: 17.12

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasia (U.S,1940) and Fantasia 2000 (U.S, 2000) - Blu-ray Editions, 23 Dec 2010
Blu-ray Specifications -

Case Type: Two standard U.K plastic blu-ray cases (14mm spines) in one card slip case

Disc: both 50GB, MPEG-4 AVC Encode. Regions A,B and C (The 'Fantasia' case incorrectly states Region B only).

Video: Both films presented in 1080p/24fps. 'Fantasia' is in its original theatrical 1.33:1 aspect ratio in a 16:9 frame (black bars appear on the sides of the screen) and 'Fantasia 2000' in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio (with the exception of 'The Sorcerers Apprentice' segment which was taken from the first film). Colour.

Audio:
'Fantasia' - English DTS-HD 7.1. Spanish and Dutch DTS 5.1. Portuguese, Polish and Hebrew Dolby Digital 5.1.

'Fantasia 2000' - English DTS-HD 7.1. Spanish and Dutch DTS 5.1. Portuguese, Polish, Belgian and Hebrew Dolby Digital 5.1.

Subtitles: Both films contains subtitles for the following languages -
English (standard and for Hard of Hearing), Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish and Hebrew.

Supplements:
'Fantasia' -
Three Audio commentaries.
Disney Family Museum Featurette (4mins).
The Schultheis Notebook: A Disney Treasure featurette (13mins).
Interactive Art Gallery.

'Fantasia 2000' -
Two Audio Commentaries.
Musicana Featurette (9mins).
Dali & Disney: A Date With Destino documentary (82mins).
'Destino' 2003 short film (7mins).
Disney Virtual Vault (Blu-ray live required) - contains the material found on the previous U.S Region 1 dvd release (documentaries and featurettes etc..).

Censorship? - Yes. 'Fantasia' was slightly censored in the 1960's to remove a character known as 'Sunflower' during the 'Pastoral Symphony' segment. The shots can be found here - [...]
The character was considered a racial stereotype and in case the film caused offence the Disney studio decided to remove any sight of poor little 'Sunflower'. Shots have either been digitally altered or zoomed in. Sadly we may never see an uncensored version. Deems Taylor's original dialogue has been replaced and dubbed over (not really noticable though) as most of the original dialogue was in poor condition and Disney decided to simply replace all the dialogue.
'Fantasia' was also cut numerous times to shorten the running time upon its re-releases over the years. This blu-ray presents the full length feature complete with intermission.
'Fantasia 2000' has no censorship.
The BBFC passed both films without cuts as Universal and suitable for all.

This is one Disney film that you will either love or hate. No dialogue during the animation segments just simply classical music. Some will find it a chore to sit through and find it boring, others (including myself) will enjoy the music and beautiful animation. The film was ahead of its time and for a 1940 film it doesn't feel dated at all. The sequel is adequate and enjoyable (some may actaully prefer it to the original) and contains some exceptional animation. both films are recommended if you're an animation film fan.
The transfers are excellent and i've yet to encounter a Disney blu-ray with a mediocre transfer. Very sharp with deep colours and blacks. Obviously 'Fantasia 2000' looks the better one as its a more recent film but the original does look very good indeed.
Audiowise both films have a cinema quality to them and sound superb. I cannot find any flaws what so ever - very impressive.
The supplements are pretty good with loads of commentaries, a few featurettes, a documentary, a short film (all in HD). If your player is connected to the internet then you can access the Disney Virtual Vault on the 'Fantasia 2000' disc. Plenty of goodies can be found (it takes a while to load up though) and includes a brilliant making documentary.

One cult classic animated masterpiece and its sequel thrown in as a bonus. A fine package and one that i can easily recommend. If you wish to have both blu-rays and Dvds then i suggest you purchase the U.S release (Regions A,B and C) as it contains both formats in the package. This U.K release contains only Blu-rays.


Metropolis [Reconstructed & Restored] (Masters of Cinema) [Blu-ray] [1927]
Metropolis [Reconstructed & Restored] (Masters of Cinema) [Blu-ray] [1927]
Dvd ~ Alfred Abel
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: 14.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metropolis (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1927) - Blu-ray Edition, 28 Nov 2010
Specifications -

Case Type: Slimmer U.S style plastic blu-ray case with outer card slip case.

Disc: MPEG-4 AVC encode, Region B locked.

Video: 1.37:1 aspect ratio in a 16:9 frame (black space appears on the left and right of the picture), 1080p/24fps. Black and White.

Audio: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1, and DTS HD Master Audio 2.0 surround.

Subtitles: Optional English subtitles on the feature film and supplements. The intertitles and credits are in the original German language.

Supplements:
Audio Commentary with critics David Kalat and Jonathan Rosenbaum.
2010 Re-release Trailer (2mins, HD).
"Voyage To Metropolis" documentary (55mins, HD).
56 page booklet.

Censorship?: This is a restored and reconstructed version (149 mins) of the film that attempts to replicate the initial German release. For the films international release in 1927 Paramount pictures cut the film down to 90 mins and since then numerous versions have been released (including the "Moroder" version in the 1980's featuring popular music of the time), this version however is the definitive one. Passed without cuts by the BBFC - PG (mild violence and nudity).

I recently saw this film at my local arthouse cinema. It was the first time i saw a silent film projected in the theatre and i have to say the restoration is stunning. The newly found footage (from an archive in Argentina) is from a duped 16mm print (the original was 35mm) and is in bad shape but is the only surviving footage available and is to be expected. This blu-ray edition captures the theatrical screening perfectly. The transfer is superb with noticable grain and sharp picture (although some footage is a bit blurry, but it is a very old film). Blacks are a bit weak but this is how it was in cinema and a lot of time and care has gone into this transfer and i tip my hat off to Eureka Video. The score is excellent and you best turn up the volume on your sound system a little bit more than usual as this deserves to be heard loud and does have that cinema feel to it. The supplementary material is decent but i couldn't help but want more (maybe i'm a bit greedy?). The commentary found on the previous dvd release has gone (but we do get a new one), and "The Metropolis Case" documentary is also missing. We do get a new 2010 documentary which is basically about the newly found footage and reconstruction of the original German premiere release. Its interesting and in German with optional subtitles. The booklet and theatrical trailer are of exceptional quality and are fine additions to the package.

The U.S blu-ray release differs from the U.K one -
Its Region Free and playable worldwide, it doesn't have the audio commentary but does have a 9 minute interview with Paula Felix-Didier, who found the lost footage in an archive in Buenos Aires. The intertitles are in English rather than the original German. English subtitles are also mandatory for German writing that appears in the film. The same documentary and trailer are also present on this release. Purists like myself may wish to stick with the U.K edition -
A limited edition steelbook version containing both a blu-ray and Dvd is also available in the U.K with the same specifications.

A wonderful film experience and one that has been given a top notch transfer and deserves to be in your Blu-ray collection. Herr Lang would have been proud.


The Pianist (Studio Canal Collection) [Blu-ray]
The Pianist (Studio Canal Collection) [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Adrien Brody
Price: 21.47

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pianist (Roman Polanski, France, 2002) - Blu-ray Edition, 6 Oct 2010
Specifications:-

Case Type - Book style case with removable booklet.

Disc - 50GB, MPEG-4 AVC encoded, Region B Locked.

Video - 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio in a 16:9 frame, Colour, 1080p/24fps

Audio - Original English/German Master Audio DTS-HD 5.1. Dubbed French and Italian Master Audio DTS-HD 5.1

Subtitles - Optional Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish. English Subtitles appear as mandatory during German dialogue when the original audio is selected (apparently this was a problem on the previous vanilla Blu-ray disc release).

Supplements -

'A story of survival: behind the scene of the pianist' Documentary (40 mins. 1.85:1 letterbox in 4:3 frame).
Interview with writer Ronald Harwood (20 mins).
Interview with Andrzej Szpilzman (30 mins).
Interview with Daniel Szpilzman (2 mins).
Theatrical Trailer.

All supplements in Standard Definition.

Censorship? - No cuts or censorship have been applied to this film. The BBFC passed the film without cuts with a 15 certficate. The film contains disturbing and graphic wartime violence, and infrequent strong bad language (towards the end of the film).

This is not an easy film to sit through. Roman Polanski and his crew of filmmakers have created a powerful, upsetting and yet optimistic account of Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences during the holocaust. Every detail of authenticity is shown in the sets, costumes and props. At the 2003 Academy Awards the film was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Editing and Best Picture. It won (Deservedly) Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Best Director -Roman Polanksi and best Leading Actor - Adrien Brody.

The picture quality is not going to blow you away nor could it be used as demo material (ie: to show off your new HD set up to family and friends), however it is quite competent. There is no edge enhancement or at least i didn't notice any and i didn't see any signs of digital tinkering like DNR. Grain is noticable in numerous scenes, and the blacks are very deep. Early in the film it appears a little hazy, but this is most likely intentional. Compared to the dvd edition, the skins tones and colours look far more realistic and you can see more of a texture on the costumes.
There are only a few scenes which will make use of ones surround sound system, but the audio does a very good job of adding realism to the film (Gun shots sound very disturbing), and the dialogue is very clear too.
The main supplementary material is the excellent 'A Story of Survival' documentary. This features interviews with actor Adrien Brody (who more or less became a recluse for the role), and director Roman Polanski who recollects his own experiences (some of which are used in the film). The documentary also includes archive footage of the holocaust and also briefly an elderly Wladyslaw Szpilman performing in concert. The interviews are a welcome addition and are informative. This is a matter of quality rather than quantity.

An exceptional film and one of the best holocaust dramas (better than 'Schindler's List'?) made with masterful direction and brilliant acting - just be warned that there are a few upsetting scenes. This is the best release currently available and i can strongly recommend this edition for anyone to add to their collection. Make sure you get the 'Studio Canal Collection' edition though and not the previous vanilla disc release.
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The 39 Steps: Special Edition [Blu-ray]
The 39 Steps: Special Edition [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Robert Donat
Price: 7.20

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, United Kingdom, 1935) - Blu-ray Edition, 3 Oct 2010
Specifications: -

Case - Standard U.K plastic Blu-ray case (14mm spine)

Disc - 25GB, MPEG-4 AVC encoded, Region B locked.

Video - 1.37:1 Aspect Ratio in a 16:9 frame (black bars appear at the sides of the picture), Black & White, 1080p/24fps.

Audio - Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono.

Subtitles - Optional English.

Supplements -
Commentary by Hitchcock scholar Marian Keene.
'The Art of Film: Vintage Hitchcock' Featurette (29mins in SD).
The Lux Radio Theater Adaptation (60mins -audio only).
'On Location' Featurette presented by Actor Robert Powell - (13mins).
Photo Galleries.

Censorship?: No censorship cuts have been made at all since the films release. The BBFC passed the film with a U Certificate, and the film does contain some very mild violence.

One of the best pre-world war II Hitchcock films, and also one of the first to incorporate the 'wrong man' theme. Even after 75 years since its release its still an enjoyable yarn, with some fine acting (for the time) and excellent cinematography.
The picture looks okay (but not brilliant) considering the films age and source material. Theres noticable grain throughout and it looks slightly sharper than the dvd edition but contast levels and blacks are very weak. Theres also some noticable artefacts in some scenes and the ocassional blurriness. This film needs a good re-mastering/re-storing. I know this is an old film but with a little re-mastering it could look pristine (see The Masters of Cinema's 'Fritz Lang's M' blu-ray for example)
The audio is bad. No lossless 2.0 mono just a bog standard Dolby Digital. I had to turn the volume up and down on my sound system very high just to hear the dialogue in some scenes - very frustrating. The worst thing though is that a number of chapters are noticably out of sync. I don't know if that is how the film is anyway (a dubbing error during the editing process in 1935? surely not it's a Hitchcock film!) but it is very annoying.
The commentary on the disc i just found boring (didn't listen to all of it). The so-called Hitchcock Scholar just basically describes the scenes and what the characters are doing in the film. Not much in the way of information about the making of the film or Hitchcock's style really. The art of film featurette has clips from the early Hitchcock films and is quite enjoyable regardless of poor picture quality. The on location featurette is the best mainly because of the dry humour of presenter Robert Powell, and shows the locations of the three version of 'The 39 Steps'. I didn't listen to Radio show but its a nice addition to the package, and theres a pointless photo gallery too.
A Hitchcock classic thats begging to be released with a pristine transfer - unfortunately this is not it. If you already own The U.S Region 1 Criterion Collection dvd then i would not recommend upgrading to this blu-ray. Only a slight improvement visually and from what i've read in reviews the audio is superior on the Criterion Collection edition.
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Delicatessen (Studio Canal Collection) [Blu-ray]
Delicatessen (Studio Canal Collection) [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Dominique Pinon
Price: 19.98

33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicatessen (Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro, France, 1991) - Blu-ray Edition, 14 Sep 2010
Specifications:

Case Type - Book style case with removeable booklet.

Disc - 50GB, MPEG-4 AVC encoded, Regions A and B.

Video - 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio in a 16:9 frame, Colour, 1080p/24fps

Audio - Original French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo and dubbed German and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo.

Subtitles - Optional English, German, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Japanese, Castilian Spanish and Latin American Spanish. Subtitles avaialble on all supplements too.

Supplements -
Jean-Pierre Jeunet Commentary.
'Main Course Pieces' Retrospective Documentary (1hr 5mins).
'Fine Cooked Pork Meats' behind the scenes featurette (13mins).
'Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Archives' featurette (8mins).
Theatrical Trailer .
Teaser Trailer compilation.

Censorship? - No censorship or cuts. The BBFC passed the film with a certficate 15 without cuts, and it contains one use of strong language, some moderate violence, a comedic sex scene, and a cannibalism and suicide theme.

'Delicatessen' and not a film that requires repeated viewing, however it does get more enjoyable on repeated viewings. The atmosphere of the film is similar to Terry Gilliam's work. Most notably 'Brazil' (Jean-Pierre Jeunet mentions this in the documentary). Set in a post-apocalyptic France where meat is rare and the form of currency is in grain. There is no definate time period. It looks like a dirty, depressingly possible future yet could quite easily be set in the 1940's (like Gilliam's 'Brazil'). The dark humour is sick but very tastefully done - A butcher resorts to cannibalism and kills his tennants, a Woman tries numerous ways to take her own life and constantly fails. However the films best scene is the superb editing of the sex scene. We don't actually see the couple copulating only the matress and bed springs creaking. This is intercut with various characters in the film - one beats a rug, one paints the wall, another is using his bike pump. Its hilarious and is also used as the films theatrical trailer.

The Blu-ray is an exceptional package. The picture is superb with no sign of edge enhancement or DNR. There is plenty of grain (as intended by the film makers according to interviews in the documentary) and the film looks sharp with deep blacks and retains the orangey look the director's wanted. The audio is presented in the original stereo and not re-mixed or made into false 5.1. The dialogue can be low in some scenes but overall it sounds good. Supplementary material is excellent with behind the scenes footage and an excellent brand new documentary (exclusive to this Blu-ray edition?). The disc is same one used throughout America and Europe (hence Regions A and B encoded).
'Delicatessen' is a wonderful film full of surprises and surreal dark humour. Heavily influenced by Terry Gilliam, Sergio Leone, and even the nightmarish dream sequence could have been directed by David Lynch. This blu-ray is the best version to get with a superb transfer and a decent documentary, and i feel its definately worth upgrading from dvd. A worthy addition to anyones blu-ray library. Recommended.


La Planete Sauvage [aka Fantastic Planet] [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray] [1973]
La Planete Sauvage [aka Fantastic Planet] [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray] [1973]
Dvd ~ Rene Laloux
Offered by whatuk
Price: 19.16

29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La Planete Sauvage (Rene Laloux, France, 1973) - Blu-ray Edition, 8 Aug 2010
Specifications -

Case - Slim U.S style plastic blu-ray case.

Disc - 25GB, MPEG-4 AVC encoded, Region B locked.

Video - 1.66:1 Aspect Ratio in a 16:9 frame (small black bars appear at the sides of the picture), Colour, 1080p/24fps.

Audio - Original French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 and dubbed English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0.

Subtitles - Optional English.

Supplements -
Booklet
Soundtrack (selectable from the Blu-ray menu, not an additional CD)
Laloux Suavage (25 minute documentary about the films director Rene Laloux)
Short films (all in French with optional English subs):
Les dents du singe (1960) - Monkey's Teeth
Les temps morts (1964) - Dead Times
Les escargots (1965) - The Snails
Comment Wang-Fo fut sauve (1987) - How Wang-Fo Was Saved
La prisonniere (1988) - The Captive

Censorship? - No censorship or cuts made to the film on this disc. BBFC - PG certificate (animated violence and nudity)

'La Planete Suavage' is a highly imaginative, and beautiful film. Its basically a science-fiction retelling of David and Goliath, and the story is simplistic and easy to follow. I enjoyed this film as its very bizarre and unconventional. The picture quality is not going to blow you away as this is not Disney Pixar animation remember and its 37 years old. It looks good though, with a small slightly noticable amount of grain present, and the colours are strong (essential for animation on Blu-ray!). I rented the dvd release a while back, and can honestly say the Blu-ray is a big improvement. The audio is excellent, with the 70's style music (with wah-wah guitars) sounding very effective and the dialogue is very clear.
The supplements are pretty good, with a superb booklet, soundtrack, documentary and a selection of short films from the same director (The Snails is probably the best and is also in 1080p).
If you are a fan of world cinema and animation then you'll love this, and i highly recommend this Blu-ray. If you own the dvd then it is worth an upgrade as the picture is an improvement, you get lossless audio and better extras too.


For All Mankind [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray]
For All Mankind [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jim Lovell

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For All Mankind (Al Reinert, United States, 1989) - Blu-ray Edition, 4 Jun 2010
Blu-ray Specifications:

Disc specs - AVC encode, BD50, Region 'B' locked.

Case Type - Slimmer U.S style plastic case

Video - 1.37:1 aspect ratio in a 16x9 frame (Black bars appear on the left and right of the screen). 1080p/24fps.

Audio - English Language. Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, Dolby TrueHD 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.

Subtitles - Optional English for the hard of hearing. Optional subtitles also available to identify Astronauts and mission control specialists during the film.

Supplements -
Commentary by Director Al Reinert, and Astronaut Eugene A.Cernan.
'An Accidental Gift: The Making of For All Mankind' documentary (approx 30 mins).
Gallery of Astronaut Alan Bean's artwork (approx 40 mins)
NASA sound and lift off footage.
Booklet.

Censorship? - No censorship or cuts have been made to the film on this disc. The film has been exempt from BBFC certification and contains no violence, bad language or sex.

Given the source material (16mm film) the picture quality is excellent and the blu-ray gives the best possible representation of this documentary film. No grain has been removed and there has been no digital tinkering (Edge Enhancement, Digital Noise Reduction etc..). This is a pristine transfer, and the audio is equally as good. Brian Eno's ambient score sounds immaculate - especially the moving 'Ascent' (also used in Danny Boyle's 2002 science-fiction film '28 Days Later...'). The making of documentary gives an insight at the highly secured NASA archives and how the director put the film together from hours and hours of footage. The commentary is well worth a listen if you have an interest in space exploration, and the Alan Bean art gallery is also a welcome addition to the package.

The U.S Region 'A' locked Criterion Collection blu-ray features an additional 20 minute featurette that is not found on this edition. Apart from that, this masters of cinema release is the same.

If you like documentary films, have an interest in space exploration or just enjoy a visually impressive film, then this will make a fine addition to your Blu-ray collection. Definately recommended.


M [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray] [1931]
M [Masters of Cinema] [Blu-ray] [1931]
Dvd ~ Peter Lorre
Offered by cashdaccsstore
Price: 25.00

46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931) - blu-ray edition, 14 April 2010
Blu-ray Specifications:

Case Type - Slimmer U.S type case.

Disc - AVC, BD50, Region B locked.

Video - 1.19:1 aspect ratio in a 16:9 frame (black bars appear at the left and right of the screen). 1080p/24fps. Black and White.

Audio - Original German language. 2.0 dual mono DTS-HD Master Audio.

Subtitles - Optional English subtitles.

Supplements -
Commentary with German film scholars Anton Kaes and Eric Rentschler.
Commentary with film restoration expert Martin Koerber, filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, historian Torsten Kaiser and excerpts from Bogdanovich's 1965 audio interviews with Fritz Lang.
20 minute interview with Fritz Lang (box says documentary, but its more of an interview).
Shorter 1932 U.K theatrical release version (in English language and upscaled to 1080p) - features alternate takes, and different actors.
48 page booklet.

Censorship? - No censorship or cuts have been made to the film on this disc. The BBFC have given the film a PG Certficate. The film contains disturbing subject matter and infrequent mild bad language. This is the longest version of the film (110 minutes) that has been available since the films premiere.

'M' is a superb thriller, and possibly Fritz Lang's finest film. Considering the time it was made it is quite disturbing, and i can imagine audiences in the early thirties were shocked when they saw this film in the cinema. Peter Lorre is excellent as the child killer and the films final moments are extremely powerful. The picture quality is easily one the best i've seen for a film this old. Plenty of grain and no digital tinkering as far as i know. The audio is equally as good (note: there are a few scenes that are completely silent - this was director Fritz Lang's intent). The commentaries are very informative, and so is the short but excellent Fritz Lang interview(He talks about Hitler wanting him to make films for the Nazi's and why he fled Germany to live and work in America). The booklet is also of high quality. The inclusion of the 1932 U.K cinema release version is a welcome one. It is dubbed in English and contains a few alternate scenes. The picture quality is no way near as good as the main feature but its worth a look if your a fan of this film.

The U.S Region A locked Criterion Collection edition contains a couple of addtional featurettes, a short film 'M le Maudit' inspired by Fritz Lang's M and also a stills gallery. It misses one of the commentaries from this U.K release and the Fritz Lang interview as well (although it does feature a different one). If you own a multi-region Blu-ray player then the U.S release may be the best one to get, however thats not to say the U.K edition is no good (far from it!)

A masterpiece of a film given a 1st class treatment for Blu-ray. Highly recommended.
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