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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 27-06-2011, 23:49   #2
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Been waiting a long time for this one! Good to see they've made a real effort on the extras. Thanks Mike.
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Old 28-06-2011, 07:40   #3
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I've also been looking forward to this.
Nic Roeg's commentary on the Criterion edition of Walkabout is also superb.
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Old 28-06-2011, 14:57   #4
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Why do you rarely post screen shots these days?
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Old 28-06-2011, 17:03   #5
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Hi Mike, I enjoyed your review immensely. I saw Don't Look Now as a boy, and it intrigued but confused me, and I've gone on to enjoy it more and more on each subsequent viewing. Few 'horror' films can touch us at such an emotional and human level as this. I still feel it is an underrated film.

It's good news that Optimum handled the release; I am continually impressed by the quality of their output.
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Old 28-06-2011, 19:01   #6
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I must say I'm not impressed by Optimum's previous record with this film. They had two chances to get an adequate soundtrack and produced a tinny, grating mess both times. I hope they really have got it right this time but, much as I love this film, I'm not sure I want to buy it a third time.
It sounds like the Colin Murray Parkes feature is an excerpt from Nothing As It Seems, an excellent documentary on Roeg which was shown on Channel 4 on 17th March 1983.
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Thanks for the comments.

DaveT - I can't do screenshots at the moment I'm afraid.
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Old 28-06-2011, 19:16   #8
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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 28-06-2011, 19:22   #9
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Why do you rarely post screen shots these days?
Sadly not all our reviewers have a Blu-ray drive (even then it's not exactly straightforward to take decent screenshots from a BD disc)
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Old 28-06-2011, 21:09   #10
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Great review, Mike.

It was thanks to you I found this film in the first place, and it's still in my top 3 films.

Many thanks.
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Old 29-06-2011, 23:02   #11
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Excellent, penetrating review, Mike.

If we ever did a feature on 'Best Double Bill', I would have to use my 1973 viewing of Don't Look Now, along with its supporting film, which was The Wicker Man. Imagine, I sat through the latter with some mates, and we said, 'Well, Don't Look Now can't possibly top that.' But it did.
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If we ever did a feature on 'Best Double Bill', I would have to use my 1973 viewing of Don't Look Now, along with its supporting film, which was The Wicker Man. Imagine, I sat through the latter with some mates, and we said, 'Well, Don't Look Now can't possibly top that.' But it did.
And I've just come home from seeing that very same double bill, at the Empire Leicester Square!

Two of the best British films, never mind just horror films, ever made - and both have stood the test of time extremely well. Just to disagree slightly, I'd personally have to give the edge to The Wicker Man - but it's a very close thing.
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:35   #13
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I too saw them as a double bill in 1973. I went to the cinema on my own and was a gibbering wreck as I walked home alone!

As for the blu-ray, well, I watched it last night and thought that it looked magnificent. The sound was also nice and clean. I'm delighted with it.
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Was the sex edited out for the first cinema showing? I rememebr reading that it was.
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No, there were no cuts made for it's original release. A few frames were taken out for it's release in the USA though.
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Why do you rarely post screen shots these days?

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There are screencaps and an alternative review found below.

http://www.landofwhimsy.com/archives/2011/07/1070-dont-look-now/

Hope this helps for the person looking for some screencaps of the film.
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Old 03-07-2011, 13:20   #17
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I can actually replicate the look of those screencaps when I (a) stand *real* close to the screen and (b) freeze frame, which indicates that there has indeed been something going on in the digital jiggery-pokery department. But I have a solution.

I won't do either (a) or (b).

After wrestling with this for a few hours since watching the film through last night, I don't think there's any doubt that DNR has been implemented. Now, am I about to return the disc and announce to the world that I'm sticking with the DVD? Not that it would amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world, but am. I. Buggery.

Although this is no Walkabout in terms of transfer, and on reflection it could probably could be better (though 'better' is subjective I hastily point out; I had to (a) and (b) above to set off any alarms other than a bizarre niggle that it appeared simply too perfect), I'm not going to drown myself in a sea of angst about this. I'll leave that to others more technically proficient.

I've been through this once with The Searchers and never again; I took the position then that I know it's 'wrong', but I'm not going to deny myself the experience. A few more viewings down the road, I'll probably take the same pragmatic position with Don't Look Now and just wallow in one of cinema's finest offerings instead of flagellating myself waiting for a 'better' digital representation.

In fact, I know I will. To quote Laura Baxter: "This one who's blind. She's the one that can see..."

Great critique Mike; I'd expect nothing less.
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Was the sex edited out for the first cinema showing? I rememebr reading that it was.
No, the first British TV showing. Which caused such an outcry that it was reinstated for all subsequent screenings.

Handily, the first time I saw it was the second TV showing.
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Oh yep thats right. I saw the second one too. Thats when I remember reading about the edits.

I like this movie, but the only version Ive got is the freebie from the paper.
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Fair points about the the transfer, John, and in effect I'll do much the same as you, put up with it; my copy is on the way, and I won't be returning it. But I will also hope for a better presentation down the line.

Watching it in the cinema on Saturday (thinking it was actually the Blu-ray being screened!) I was thinking how extremely grainy and soft-looking the film looked much of the time, but perfectly acceptable - then I came home to see Whiggles' screencaps, which look infinitely worse than what I'd just seen.

OK, we have to live with it, for now. But it's frustrating to see just how many films are coming to Blu-ray with bad transfers. You could kind of understand the heavy use of various types of digital processing on DVD, because of the severely limited disc space. Blu-ray seemed a brave new world where all that tampering should be unnecessary, but in fact they've become more DNR-happy than ever.
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