Billy Wilder's 1953 Stalag 17, shortly being released by Warner Home Video via Paramount, is a gorgeous Blu-ray.
It actually looks far better than I thought it would, and that's a testament to the archival staff at Paramount.
For those who have not yet experience Stalag, it's a brilliant film - pure and simple. Look at the names of those involved.
Billy Wilder - you know what he's done. If you don't, please don't embarrass yourself;
Ernest Laszlo (cinematographer) - a camera operator on Wings, second unit on Hell's Angels, Vera Curz, Kiss Me Deadly, Judgment at Nuremberg...
and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World;
George Tomasini (editor) - Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Wrong Man, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Time Machine, The Misfits, The Birds;
Franz Waxman (uncredited), this is a fun one - The Blue Angel, The Bride of Frankenstein, Fury, A Day at the Races, Rebecca, The Philadelphia Story, Suspicion, Air Force, The Paradine Case, Rear Window, Mister Roberts, The Spirit of St. Louis, Love in the Afternoon, The Nun's Story.
You get the idea.
It looks terrific. Great gray scale. Good blacks, nice grain. It's all there.
Buy it. Enjoy it.
Image - 4.5
Audio - 5