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Rashomon
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Folks,

Wanna hear what REALLY bad noise reduction on an official blu-ray can sound like?

Here's a sample of the film Rashomon with two audio tracks--one from the Criterion disc and one from the Japanese Kadokawa Pictures disc.

https://mega.co.nz/#!6R9B0IoI!hnaxEnDkYJ...5uaDNonPfA

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Kadokawa did the restoration itself, which was certainly done properly (4K scan, audio also treated faithfully, blah.). It appears the master from which Criterion authored their disc (lent to them by Kadokawa) was also used to prepare the Kadokawa blu-ray, as you'd expect. Both have practically identical frame-accurate video.

The audio, though, is a different story. Ambient effects (insects, the rustling of leaves, rain) have been wiped out entirely on the Criterion, and dialogue sounds incredibly muffled and hollow - so much so that at first I thought these were two different mixes. However, traces of the obliterated sounds can still be heard faintly on the Criterion from time to time.

A travesty.
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Moshron, I just want to thank you for pointing out the extremely flawed audio of the Criterion. Because of this post, I chose to replace my US disc with an imported JP one, and I'm so happy for it.

Not only is the audio so much richer but the video is actually better! Despite an inferior bitrate, the encoding of the JP disc has less artifacts than the US. It's awful that Criterion completely and utterly dropped the ball on such an important release.

The only issue with the JP disc is the lack of English subtitles, but the video and audio make it worth the simple task of making a BD-25 copy with subtitles.
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No problem! I wish I could say that this is the only case where Criterion has dropped the ball audio-wise, but there are numerous other instances where this is the case.
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(2015-07-27, 08:41 PM)Moshrom Wrote: No problem! I wish I could say that this is the only case where Criterion has dropped the ball audio-wise, but there are numerous other instances where this is the case.

What are the other cases of Criterion's mistakes out of curiosity? I'm not as astute when it comes to audio.

Also, has anyone seen, or rather, heard, how the new BFI Blu compares?
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