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Old 02-01-2011, 07:17   #381
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I also agree about A Passage To India - it was one of the first movies I watched when I got my blu-ray player a year and a half ago. Wonderful. I've been watching a lot of movies over the last two weeks, so I'll do a roundup in the next few days.
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:28   #382
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Haven't read any reviews on this blu-ray as Yet but boy was I impressed with the picture quality on this Family movie which is clean and crisp from start to finish. I am not an technophile at all but I would like to know how other more experienced people in the forum think when they get a chance to look at this fantastic transfer (in my humble opinion).
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Old 09-01-2011, 13:27   #383
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Haven't read any reviews on this blu-ray as Yet but boy was I impressed with the picture quality on this Family movie which is clean and crisp from start to finish. I am not an technophile at all but I would like to know how other more experienced people in the forum think when they get a chance to look at this fantastic transfer (in my humble opinion).
I haven't seen this Blu-ray disc - it's not my kind of movie - but you are not alone in approving of it. It's received rave reviews elsewhere.
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Old 09-01-2011, 22:39   #384
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Haven't read any reviews on this blu-ray as Yet but boy was I impressed with the picture quality on this Family movie which is clean and crisp from start to finish. I am not an technophile at all but I would like to know how other more experienced people in the forum think when they get a chance to look at this fantastic transfer (in my humble opinion).
I too thought the transfer was superb although I really had to hunt around for the title. It has real "3D pop" - more so than eg "The Sound of Music".

I think it's a shame that the title wasn't properly promoted (perhaps because they think it's been shown on TV so nobody will buy it?). The week it was released my local Sainsbury's was promoting a torture-porn title (the Saw prequel) rather than family viewing. Even the HMV flagship store only had one copy (at an eye-watering £23, when it was available online for much less).

I think it's a stand-out disc.
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Old 07-04-2011, 21:20   #385
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Taxi Driver

The film is as mesmerising as ever & I think the transfer is a good 'un - lovely and film-like, no DNR or edge enhancement that I can see (although I'm no expert on that). The audio is excellent too - naturally it's mostly dialogue so front heavy, but very clear. Lots of extras, but I haven't sampled them yet so I don't know if any are new - I know the Scorses/Schrader commentary isn't; I believe it's the one they recorded for the laserdisc release.

The US disc comes in a digipak type case - no interest to me, but lots of people seem to be wetting themselves over it.

I think Sony have pretty much come up trumps with this one
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I'll be watching Taxi Driver very soon and am very much looking forward to it. Meanwhile:

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

For me, one of the poster children for how to do a transfer - a superb disc, sharp, beautiful Technicolor color (the closest I've seen that actually is like watching an IB print - if you want to see what's wrong with The Searchers, simply watch The Ten Commandments - one is yellow, one is like Tech and suffused with gorgeous blue - those Technicolor skies - nothing like 'em.

THE BIBLE AND KING OF KINGS

Both excellent transfers - I was especially impressed with The Bible, which has never looked good on home video - it's not perfect, but it's excellent. King of Kings has great color.

THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD

Well, to put it simply - a travesty. An eleven year old master used for a blu-ray disc = terrible. This is a gorgeous, large-format film that has been rendered as if it were in 16mm.
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Old 07-04-2011, 21:30   #387
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There's been a few great titles released or announced in America (The Ten Comandments-King Of kings-Ben Hur-Grand Prix ect.) that haven't been anounced over here yet. I know I can import them, but it pushes the price up.
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Taxi Driver is a great piece of work, and has been given the proper respect on Blu. Detail, colour, contrast, it's all pretty much perfect (optical vagaries aside, natch).

The grain is exceptionally fine in most scenes - a 4K scan from the neg will do that for ya - and it makes me wonder if other studios would've picked up the DNR habit had they remastered their films properly in the first place.

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Taxi Driver is a great piece of work, and has been given the proper respect on Blu. Detail, colour, contrast, it's all pretty much perfect (optical vagaries aside, natch).

The grain is exceptionally fine in most scenes - a 4K scan from the neg will do that for ya - and it makes me wonder if other studios would've picked up the DNR habit had they remastered their films properly in the first place.
Taxi Driver is an incredible transfer all the way. And what a movie - they simply don't know how to do anything original like this anymore. Today, we'd have to have flashbacks to show Travis' backstory, the score would be some thumping by some composer of today and it would be AWFUL.
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Mine came today. Stunning release and dead cheap on Amazon
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One of De Palma's finest films,Blow Out has been released by Criterion.It looks just great and is another winner from Criterion.i've posted some caps here

http://www.bulletsnbabesdvd.com/foru...hp?f=19&t=5887
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One of De Palma's finest films,Blow Out has been released by Criterion.It looks just great and is another winner from Criterion.i've posted some caps here
Many thanks for posting these caps I have the old DVD release and this looks head and shoulders above that, a very significant improvement in resolution.
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