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Old 27-06-2011, 23:49   #1
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[Blu-Ray Review] Don't Look Now

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Nicolas Roeg's masterpiece comes to Region B Blu Ray from Optimum....

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Old 28-06-2011, 19:16   #2
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Thanks for this review, Mike!
I'm glad they've managed to get this release right.
Just seen Whiggles' review, oh god please don't tell me it's that bad!

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Old 04-07-2011, 13:41   #3
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I just hope Criterion get to take a stab at this sometime as it would be a perfect addition to their collection. Paramount should let them if they're not going to bother themselves.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:31   #4
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OK, you're picking up my comments on another website..... where I said that it was being "quite aggressively" defended on The Digital Fix.

Apologies if that caused offence.
No offense taken; I was more...disappointed. Personally, whatever the results on doing so, all I'm urging is that - rent, buy, borrow - people make their own judgements by actually watching the darned thing. Too much to ask that folks do so without the memory of those 'caps tainting their impressions - the fox is in the henhouse on that front. But at least you've seen it Phil; excellent.

And if I haven't already made the point clear to anyone else, I'll try to underline it - I haven't seen any film look as bad, still frame, up close, look this good in motion at a normal viewing distance. Nope, not perfect, but more than worth having and streets ahead, as Colin says, of any other home video incarnation in every way. YMMV.

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Old 07-07-2011, 09:37   #5
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What I've never understood is how opaque the home video industry appears to be. Where are the people who sit in studios and do this work, and why do we never hear from them? Where are the industry Deep Throats who will come out and explain why certain decisions were made, the processes involved and the discussions that were had? Are they not proud of the work they do or something?
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What I've never understood is how opaque the home video industry appears to be. Where are the people who sit in studios and do this work, and why do we never hear from them? Where are the industry Deep Throats who will come out and explain why certain decisions were made, the processes involved and the discussions that were had? Are they not proud of the work they do or something?
I agree. Actually, Criterion are quite good in this regard, outlining in their titles' liner notes the various steps taken in the creation of the master.
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Old 07-07-2011, 17:53   #7
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With the deepest respect, no-one is putting anyone down surely? This is not a contest, an 'us against them'? You see what you see - I respect anyone who has the actually taken the trouble to have a look themselves, and I can, 100%, understand where you are coming from and agree with some of what you say. We all want the very best; it's a fact that the pinnacle of what can be achieved isn't what we're seeing here.

At the risk of flogging that dead horse, all I'm asking for is a little rationale, a smidge of perspective. From what I've read, folks with all sizes of screens, including projector owners are coming away with varying opinions; hell, some - even those with PJs - can't see anything wrong whatever. While others are declaring it a disaster zone.

Not enough grain, too much grain, too bright, detailed, no detail, no depth, too colourful, too drab, bad sound, good sound; from the darkest obsidian, to the most blinding white with a little patch of grey here and there, whilst most reviews, on and offline, are positive. But it's all good. Because they have seen it.

I've no doubt to Michael's technical credentials, the level of his equipment (both of which far outstrip my own) - I only question his judgement is triggering an internet stampede with what I considered (and still think so Michael) an intemperate, even if heartfelt, comment: "Sod it, I'm returning it. The old DVD looks considerably better."

No greys here, no caveats; the bleakest prospect possible. I have to admit, it got my goat a little. Surely it's not that cut and dried? If those problems only leap from the screen when I freeze frame and stand up close, surely others will be in the same boat? I *know* they were...

Similarly, over at another forum, those screenshots sparked another panic amongst those who had still to see it themselves, accompanied with what I considered more hyperbole from a site reviewer; it was said to be unacceptable other than to those with 'very small screens'. That view was tempered with more considered comment later; I've no doubt his first reaction was some kind of righteous anger. His second far calmer.

I don't really care whether other people like the transfer or not - again, I say; you see, what you see - but that's for them to decide...which is the nub of what I'm trying to get at. Claiming it's an utter disaster, that Optimum must have bribed Roeg to approve it (yup, someone has claimed that), stamping their feet and claiming that the DVD is better (I said way back 'better' was subjective didn't I?) when those claims are being made by people yet to see the transfer in motion on their own equipment?

Bravo to those who taken the trouble to look past both the hyperbole and the screenshots. Love the transfer, hate it - we all agree it's a fabulous film. With my tiny screen ( ), I'll be happy until the next iteration comes along - hell, I'll be first in the queue...

Meanwhile, speaking of flogging dead horses, that's enough from me on the subject, I think.
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Old 14-10-2011, 01:20   #8
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Having finally watched the blu-ray for myself, it's quite obvious that this presentation is a complete digital travesty. It's like the whole film has had the photoshop "pastel effect" tool applied to it and it's horribly distracting to watch! There isn't a defined line in the entire thing and all detail has been lost in an artificial haze that smudges away any and all image depth.

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