Home Page  
 
 

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • Russian PCM Mono
  • English subtitles
  • 1 Disc
FEATURES
  • None

Letter Never Sent

Blu-ray
Reviewed by: Chris Galloway

Directed By: Mikhail Kalatozov
1959 | 96 Minutes | Licensor: Mosfilm

Release Information
Blu-ray | MSRP: $29.95 | Series: The Criterion Collection | Edition: #601
RLJ Entertainment

Release Date: March 20, 2012
Review Date: March 10, 2012

Purchase From:
amazon.com  amazon.ca

Share:

SYNOPSIS

The great Soviet director Mikhail Kalatozov, known for his virtuosic, emotionally gripping films, perhaps never directed one more visually astonishing than Letter Never Sent. This absorbing tale of exploration and survival concerns four members of a geological expedition who are stranded in the bleak and unforgiving Siberian wilderness while on a mission to find diamonds. Luxuriating in wide-angle beauty and featuring one daring shot after another (the brilliant cinematography is by Kalatozov's frequent collaborator Sergei Urusevsky), Letter Never Sent is a fascinating piece of cinematic history and a universal adventure of the highest order.

Forum members rate this film 8.6/10

 

Discuss the film and Blu-ray here   


PICTURE

Mikhail Kalatozovís stunningly filmed Letter Never Sent arrives on Blu-ray from Criterion in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1 on a dual-layer disc in a new 1080p/24hz transfer.

When it comes down to it the only limitations to the image are the filmís source materials themselves because Criterionís digital transfer itself looks about perfect, rendering the film beautifully. Film grain, which is never all that heavy, remains natural, finer details pop out when the source allows, gray levels are distinct, and contrast, despite maybe some mild boosting, looks excellent. The source materials still have a fair amount of damage but itís never all that heavy and is primarily limited to dirt, minor scratches, and a hair in spots. But despite these minor intrusions Criterion still delivers a rather gorgeous presentation.

8/10

All Blu-ray screen captures come from the source disc and have been shrunk from 1920x1080 to 900x506 and slightly compressed to conserve space. While they are not exact representations they should offer a general idea of overall video quality.

Screen Capture

Screen Capture

Screen Capture

Screen Capture

Screen Capture

Screen Capture

Screen Capture

Screen Capture

Screen Capture

Screen Capture

Screen Capture

Screen Capture

Screen Capture

Screen Capture

Screen Capture

AUDIO

Audio doesnít hold up as well unfortunately. The lossless Russian linear PCM 1.0 mono track is heavily distorted in its presentation, particularly in the filmís background score, and voices do sound quite edgy and weak. Yet despite its problems, all of which Iím sure can be blamed more on the audio equipment used while making the film, the track is actually clean, doesnít have any heavy damage, and is easy enough to listen to.

5/10

SUPPLEMENTS

Like Criterionís DVD for Kalatozovís The Cranes Are Flying there is nothing in the way of disc supplements but this edition does come with a booklet that contains a nice essay written by Dina Iordanova on the film, itís photography, politics, and its reception.

1/10

CLOSING

It has no supplements but for what could be considered a lower-tier release from the company it presents a stunning digital transfer and at the lower price itís well worth picking up.


View packaging for this Blu-ray

Share: 



Purchase From:
amazon.com  amazon.ca  




Join our Facebook Group (requires Facebook account)

This site is not affiliated with The Criterion Collection