The 39 Steps Blu-ray Review

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Reviewed by Alan Paterson, 10th December 2010.
That early Hitchcock classic ‘The 39 Steps’ is available on UK Region B locked Blu-ray with a rather disappointing looking 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio. Sharpness, contrast and blacks aren’t as good as you’d expect from Blu-ray but it looks like it has had a limited digital restoration.
The original mono sound is carried on a Dolby Digital 2.0 track that has had some age related snap, crackle and pop removed but some low level hiss remains – although dialogue is clear throughout.
A commentary track, a couple of featurettes and some photo galleries make up the extras on this release from ITV-DVD.
The film itself is engrossing, involving and entertaining with Hitchcock’s take on the John Buchan novel and good performances from Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll.


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