Blu-ray Divorce (Never to Love)


Never love

Kino Lorber | 1940 | 75 minutes | Not rated | Feb. 26, 2019

Blu-ray divorce certificate, video quality

4.0 out of 5

A divorce certificate is featured on Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber’s Studio Classics imprint with 1080p AVC encoded transfer to 1.36: 1. The back cover of this version features a “brand new 2K master”, and aside from a few transient issues, this is a very organic and problem-free transfer. There’s kind of a weird moment at the start of the credits, where there’s a momentary layering during an optical fade (see screenshot 14), and it’s frankly so long since I’ve seen this version. (I think it was maybe even on American Movie Classics, it’s how long ago that was), I just can’t remember if it was always there. There are a few small spots and bits of dirt dotting the premises, but nothing too much of a distraction. Contrast is excellent throughout the presentation and the grain field also resolves naturally. There are several optical fades in the film itself, some of which can feel momentarily rough. The detail levels are generally excellent, although a few medium and close shots appear to have minor focusing issues inherent in them.

Blu-ray divorce certificate, audio quality

3.5 out of 5

A divorce certificate features a competent DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono track that showcases a bit of boxing throughout, but supports dialogue from the movie perfectly. Part of Roy Webb’s score sounded a bit bright to my ears, but there are no absolute issues with major distortion. The disc does not contain subtitles.

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