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Video: How Does the Disc Look?
Criterion has put their typical TLC into Verdoux’s 1.33:1 1080p transfer here – even for a movie from the late 1940s, it looks brilliant. There are hiccups of dirt and grime here and there and perhaps inconsistencies in the transfer print keep the movie from seeming reference-grade, but one can’t place one’s expectations too high with a catalog title of Monsieur Verdoux’s age, so let’s go ahead and call this a success. And compared to previously-released DVD editions of the movie, grain is handled marvelously here – the movie has a firm yet ethereal glow that suits it very well, indeed.
Audio: How Does the Disc Sound?
Couldn’t be better. This LPCM mono mix isn’t as exotic or provocative as, say, The Great Dictator’s, but there’s zero question that Monsieur Verdoux isn’t going to sound better than this any time soon. Dialogue, music, effects – everything appears to come across here with full, alluring authenticity. Spot-on.
English SDH subtitles are included.