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Does it have nun-chucks?
Certainly not. Nun-chucks in motion would necessitate data throughput in the 30s. Nun-chucks are well known by compressionists to be data gobblers.

I compared a few sequences from Criterion’s new BD of The Underground Railroad, which also had many in the mid to high 20s.
 

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While I have enjoyed Audrey Hepburn in some films, it tends to be because of her incredible screen presence, rather than her acting ability, which I find wanting. However, no so in THE NUN'S STORY. She truly gives a solid, acting performance that is perfect for the role. Looking forward to seeing it, again.
 

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While I have enjoyed Audrey Hepburn in some films, it tends to be because of her incredible screen presence, rather than her acting ability, which I find wanting. However, no so in THE NUN'S STORY. She truly gives a solid, acting performance that is perfect for the role. Looking forward to seeing it, again.
I think she’s a fine actress in everything I’ve seen her in except for My Fair Lady where she was seriously miscast (but looked beautiful!). The role in The Nun’s Story is her greatest moment. She is incredibly believable as someone who wants to uphold her vows but is unable.
I spent the evening watching this disc and found the picture quality very good. I’m not expert in picture quality and don’t have a super high quality set up but I was relived it didn’t look the disaster it’s been reported as on forums.
 

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I think she’s a fine actress in everything I’ve seen her in except for My Fair Lady where she was seriously miscast (but looked beautiful!). The role in The Nun’s Story is her greatest moment. She is incredibly believable as someone who wants to uphold her vows but is unable.
I spent the evening watching this disc and found the picture quality very good. I’m not expert in picture quality and don’t have a super high quality set up but I was relived it didn’t look the disaster it’s been reported as on forums.
In Robert Harris I trust.
 

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I am surprised that this is in mono. All the original UK roadshow runs made a point of advertising 4 track mag stereo sound (as some kind of compensation for not being in Todd-AO!).
 

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I am surprised that this is in mono. All the original UK roadshow runs made a point of advertising 4 track mag stereo sound (as some kind of compensation for not being in Todd-AO!).
News to me. Any evidence for that. I saw it in the U.K. as a roadshow and as far as I recall it was mono sound.
 

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I was skeptical about the stereo sound, but it is advertised as such in this premiere ad for the Warner in London.
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I think she’s a fine actress in everything I’ve seen her in except for My Fair Lady where she was seriously miscast (but looked beautiful!). The role in The Nun’s Story is her greatest moment. She is incredibly believable as someone who wants to uphold her vows but is unable.
I spent the evening watching this disc and found the picture quality very good. I’m not expert in picture quality and don’t have a super high quality set up but I was relived it didn’t look the disaster it’s been reported as on forums.
No one, not even HTF's St Julie, could best Audrey's Eliza from the Intermission card through the end credits.
 

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No one, not even HTF's St Julie, could best Audrey's Eliza from the Intermission card through the end credits.
Fair enough - I feel she gets better once she stops having to do the unconvincing cockney accident but I still feel she was miscast. A singer was needed for the role and Audrey wasn’t a strong enough singer.
 

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And here it is in Leicester in October 1959
This isn’t unusual. The standard MO at WB in the ‘50s and early ‘60s was that magnetic elements were degaussed and re-used for the next productions, once all stereo prints were sounded.

Virtually all original mags are gone. The only orig stereo that survives is Music Man. Mostly all others are derived from archival prints.
 

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More to the oddity of reported low bit rates. Here's what I'm finding.

My check when original mentioned was on my Panasonic 9000, which was reporting MT, a relatively placid sequence in single digits - odd for a Warner Archive title. Into the film, I was seeing mid to high twenties.

What puzzled me is that the film looked beautiful, and should not have at very low rates. But it did.

Next check to was play on an old Oppo BD player - not the 4k - and guess what - nowhere near the numbers reported on the Panasonic. High teens to the forties.

I'm now told that some players - the Panasonics among them - don't give accurate bit rates, but rather report the first frame of an every 24 frame segment - hiccuping along the way. Re-checking 9000, I found rates from 12 to over 40 in the same steady shot, with virtually no movement.

Nothing wrong with the release.
 

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More to the oddity of reported low bit rates. Here's what I'm finding.

My check when original mentioned was on my Panasonic 9000, which was reporting MT, a relatively placid sequence in single digits - odd for a Warner Archive title. Into the film, I was seeing mid to high twenties.

What puzzled me is that the film looked beautiful, and should not have at very low rates. But it did.

Next check to was play on an old Oppo BD player - not the 4k - and guess what - nowhere near the numbers reported on the Panasonic. High teens to the forties.

I'm now told that some players - the Panasonics among them - don't give accurate bit rates, but rather report the first frame of an every 24 frame segment - hiccuping along the way. Re-checking 9000, I found rates from 12 to over 40 in the same steady shot, with virtually no movement.

Nothing wrong with the release.
As far as I'm concerned the picture quality is excellent and that's all I care about. I have no interest in all the nit picking.
 

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