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A Matter of Life and Death Steel-Book [4K restoration] [Blu-ray] 
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(Oct 08, 2018)
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Classic fantasy from Powell and Pressburger in which an RAF pilot must argue for his life in a celestial trial after a mix-up sees him survive a fall from his plane. When Peter Carter (David Niven)'s plane is struck on his way back to England from a bombing mission and his parachute destroyed, he prepares himself for death. Incredibly, however, he awakes safely on the ground the next day. It turns out that the emissary sent from Heaven to carry him to Heaven, Conductor 71 (Marius Goring), was unable to locate him in the fog, but has now arrived to take him to the next world. Carter refuses to go, having fallen in love with the radio operator, June (Kim Hunter), who talked to him while the plane was going down. A trial is convened in Heaven to see if Carter should be allowed to live on. Will the pilot be able to convince the court that his love for June is strong enough that he should be given another chance?
Written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
Notes on the Transfer: A Matter of Life and Death was restored in 4K by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Inspection, repair and 4K scanning of the 35mm Nitrate 3-Strip Technicolor Picture Negative by Cineric, Inc., New York.
Soundtrack restored from the 35mm Nitrate Variable Density Optical Soundtrack Negative at Deluxe Audio, Hollywood.
Digital image restoration by L’Immagine Ritrovato, Bologna, Italy and MTI Film, Hollywood.
Digital conforming, color grading, additional image restoration, DCP and UHD at Deluxe Culver City with colorist Sheri Eisenberg.
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Five stars for the film of course and the the picture is now truly wonderful with a silky smooth clarity. Watching the colour scenes is like looking through a window!
Its short on extras - but personally deleted scenes are sometimes interesting - but mostly with extras - life is too short to waste time watching them. So I'm okay with this presentation of a very good film, which in its day must have been breath taking.
The film has an 104 minutes 41 seconds runtime. The packaging says the film is in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio with a PCM Stereo 2.0 soundtrack with optional English for the hearing impaired (SDH) subtitles. Region B.
Having owned the original Carlton DVD (boosted colours), the Sony US DVD (colour fringeing) the French Blu-Ray (same master as the US DVD but even more noticeable colour fringeing). I am now delighted that AMOLAD has received such a fantastic restoration. Watched the ITV Blu-Ray the other night using my projector and more than happy with the upgrade over previous releases. Did not notice the reported banding and the extras or lack of them was not an issue, just to see this film looking so gorgeous in its technicolor and monochrome glory is worth the admission price. Not normally a fan of steel book editions and this is the first I have bought, however rather like the packaging and new artwork. For me this edition is highly recommended.
The only thing I CAN review at the moment is the cover, so here goes... It's a great cover. Well conceived and presented. OK the Spanish heavily-edited BD release has a good cover of the main stars, but as that abomination of a release (with regards to the film - 17 minutes hacked off; what were they thinking?!) has nothing to do with this release (hopefully...) then it's a good idea to produce an original and imaginative new cover.
Hopefully (also) it's not a bare bones release, but I can forgive it (if it has no extras of note) so long as the print is up to standard - and unedited! And I really hope they don't colourise* the B&W sequences - that would be totally unforgivable!
*Not sure about spelling - as an English person I don't know if this word has a 'u' and/or a 'z'. Someone please advise...
I was disappointed as I'd been hoping for this film on Blu Ray for a while, as my DVD copy has quite poor picture quality, so the chance to have this in HD would have been delightful.
Therefore I'm delighted to see this film is still getting a Blu Ray release - albeit not from Criterion, but I believe the picture/sound remaster is the same as Criterion's. I know Criterion provide a good range of extras (and, in my opinion, their cover art was better) but that is no reason to give this release a 1-star review and potentially put people off from viewing this wonderful film, who may believe the 1-stars are in relation to the film itself.
With regards the Criterion/ITV Studios HE debacle: we know that the Criterion (Region A locked) edition, which was released back in July, was taken from a 4K remaster and has received top mark reviews. That said, the cover art is pretty dire (in my view). The steelbook, being released by ITV Studios HE for Region B (assumed), is a lot better HOWEVER, with only a couple of weeks to go before issue, we STILL (worryingly) don't know what master they will be using. The front and side of the steelbook have been shown, but not the all-important slipcover. Now, we are assuming that the master will be the same as that used by Criterion, because Sony Pictures Entertainment created the 4K remaster, and it would be ridiculous to use the existing 2014 master that has been available in Germany, France and Spain? Wouldn't it? We will have to wait and see ...