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Old 23-05-2011, 11:49   #1
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[Blu-Ray Review] The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

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Argento's debut masterpiece comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Arrow Videos. Does the release do justice to the highly influential giallo?...

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Yes, it looks fine when comparing to the Platinum DVD which was very flawed in itself so isn't saying much. Compare it to the now OOP Blue Underground Blu Ray and a lot of image to the left side is lost, and the colours are weaker. The frame compositions vary from hardly compromised to ruined, especially the viewfider shots which have always meant to be in colour, and are B&W on this blu ray. It's just tinkering for the sake of tinkering in some misguided attempt to fix what isn't broken.
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Old 23-05-2011, 14:29   #3
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Ol' Vittorio really has mangled his own excellent cinematography something rotten with this new master. I can't say I have any interest in this release, sadly, which is a shame as (a) it has exclusive extras and (b) the original mono English and Italian soundtracks that were missing from Blue Underground's otherwise excellent (and now sadly OOP) version.
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I'll be buying it for the collection, but I agree the changes seem to be tinkering for the sake of tinkering and totally unnecessary. There's a hint of Friedkin's French Connection revisionism, but arguably even worse (in principle) since Storaro was "only" the cinematographer.

I'm glad I already had the Blue Underground Blu-ray, I had no idea it was going out of print until after the fact. Was there any advance warning? Do we know if anyone else has acquired the US rights, or is it in limbo?
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