DVD jacket erroneously claims the movie is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Also available in
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The anamorphically enhanced 2.55:1 DVD exhibits a dated, but satisfying picture. Images are generally sharp, but fine details are wanting at times. Colors appear to be well balanced, with rich hues, and generally deep blacks. Fleshtones are mostly accurate, but occasionally appear a bit orange in hue. There is some minor pixelization detected, but otherwise the picture is quite solid. Edge enhancement is minimal. The source is revealing of very few artifacts and minor film grain. The restoration performed for Bus Stop is discussed in the extra features section on the disc. (Suzanne Hodges)
The Dolby Digital 4.0 soundtrack is a remastering effort which should provide for the opportunity to experience the glory of the original CinemaScope multitrack audio. Panoramic imaging across the screen is wide and quite compelling, and the surrounds provide for a pleasing sense of ambience with the music. The dialogue is quite directional, as might be expected, though voices also tends to be spread among the screen channels. Background hiss is impressively low. This is a soundtrack re-purposing for which the vintage audio, though dated and inherently compromised in terms of fidelity, has been very nicely restored and provides for a pleasing, quite engaging listening experience. (Perry Sun)
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