I will start off by saying this is a great classic movie. I wont say much about it because its a well known film from the 50's. It's one of those movies i always watch when its on tv. Normally around easter!
Let me start off with the audio, it's dolby digial 1.0 192kbpps, I wasn't really expecting it to be 5.1 surround sound. Remember it is a film made in 1951. But the audio is good enough for me.
Moving onto the video... The aspect ratio is 1.33.1, when you start watching it, its kind of like watching a 4:3 tv ratio, so if you have a high def widescreen monitor like me, it kind looks out of place, but the aspect ratio is correct, thats how it was origianlly, It's like a box shape. But once you get into the film you soon forget abou it.
The colours are much better then the dvd or tv versions, the reds are very vivid, as are the purples, green and other colours. They do stand out for the age of the film. The faces have a much
natural skin tone colour. The shadows and darkness are quite good, they are a nice dark black. The film does have a bit of grain but i have read other reviews on this title and apparently the grain has been reduced by using some kind grain reducing method.
If your comparing this film to the later films that are currently being released like transformers or spiderman 3 then you wont be pleased with the results. But I will say the bluray version has improved the film, not by a huge mile, but its very pleasing.
I would give this film a four out of five, If you love this film then I recomend getting it on bluray, but I would advise maybe holding out until this gets a bit cheaper, 8 quid seems a resnable price to me.