Niagara appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.33:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. I felt pleased with this appealing presentation.
Sharpness caused a few minor concerns. For the most part, the image remained accurate and well defined, but light softness materialized at times. These instances didnít create notable distractions, though. Jagged edges and moirť effects presented no issues, and I didnít notice edge enhancement of intrusive noise reduction. A clean presentation, the transfer lacked any specks, marks or other print flaws.
Colors came across quite well. The movie featured a natural palette, with a bit of an emphasis on brown that was typical for Technicolor. Various hues looked peppy when necessary, though, and seemed pleasing. Black levels appeared acceptably deep and dense, and low-light shots demonstrated nice smoothness and clarity. This was an image that looked very nice, especially given the fact it just hit its 60th anniversary.
In addition to the filmís original monaural audio, we got a new DTS-HD MA 5.1 remix. I usually prefer to watch movies with their theatrical tracks Ė and would opt for the mono if not reviewing the title Ė I found the 5.1 version to work surprisingly well.
The storyís natural setting benefited the most from the remix, as the Falls opened up the spectrum in an involving way. These popped up with relative frequency, and they used the five channels to immerse us in the water-based environment. Even quieter scenes ensured that we heard reminders of the Falls, and those created a pretty natural feel.
Other scenes lacked as much pizzazz, but they formed a nice sense of place. Music stayed fairly monaural; the score spread gently to the sides but didnít show real stereo presence. Other effects created a moderate impression of the locations, but the Falls remained the most impressive element.
Audio quality held up well for its age. Speech lacked edginess and seemed pretty concise and clear. Effects had nice range and punch, especially when the Falls roared. Music sounded smooth and lush. This was one of the better 5.1 remixes Iíve heard in a while.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the original DVD from 2002? The 5.1 remix was a substantial improvement over the DVDís boomy, loose, and tinny stereo reworking, and visuals were a lot better, too. The Blu-ray appeared tighter, cleaner and better defined than the DVD. This was a nice upgrade.
Only minor extras appear here. In addition to the trailer for Niagara, we get promos for Bus Stop, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, The Seven-Year Itch, and Thereís No Business Like Show Business.
The Blu-ray drops some of the DVDís extras, but we donít lose anything substantial. The Blu-ray lacks some still photos and a restoration demonstration; neither goes missed.
With Marilyn Monroe in the part of a fairly nasty little shrew, Niagara possessed the potential to be something unusual in her roster of films. Unfortunately, the movie succeeded as nothing more than a dull and obvious thriller with no sense of ingenuity or life. The Blu-ray delivers very good picture and audio but lacks substantial bonus materials. I donít care much for the movie itself, but the Blu-ray brings it home in a satisfying manner.
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