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 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I can readily recommend "Singin' in the Rain".

Gorgeous!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

.....GHOSTBUSTERS: Did the film really look all that pristine on its original release?

No, I think it was always visually troubled. I remember the laserdisc looking significantly cruddy. Nevertheless, it should look a lot better on blu-ray than it does. Frustrating.....



Sometimes when a film looks bad, you actually CAN blame the cameraman.....

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)



I'll be back to comment from time to time after I watch a new BluRay. I encourage others to do the same!


North by Northwest is amazing on blu, probably as good or better than the original projection, and better than most films projected in theatre today.

Iron Lady was technically fine, but a miserable story, just unhappy to watch.

Unstoppable is good and a nice image/sound.



 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 9:32 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Of the two dozen or so BluRays I own, the ones that have the best presentation are...

Speed Racer (the visual aspect and its high quality deep-drink-of-the-colors look is beyond my ability to explain but the audio is a little lower quality)

The Thin Red Line (Criterion) - John Toll Cinematography for three hours on a Criterion level clean-up. Nuff said.

Starship Troopers - Great package of extras and a beautiful audio/visual transfer of the movie. You can get this one for $7 in a lot of places.

I'm waiting for The Patriot to come in the mail any day now.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

oh yeah, U571 is very nice, and the audio is terrific, an uncompressed multi-track recording, if you have a subwoofer you can actually rattle your house / apartment when the depth charges happen in the film. The bass is amazing. Probably not recommended for apartment dwellers

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   Buscemi   (Member)

I'm not surprised about U-571 having a great audio track. The theatrical release had an SDDS-8 mix.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

I'm not surprised about U-571 having a great audio track. The theatrical release had an SDDS-8 mix.

I had to look it up - it is DTS Master Audio 5.1, so non compressed surrounds and your subwoofer. Yes, it is an excellent mix, and a pretty good film besides. I never thought I would find a film with Jon Bon Jovi good but alas, it is a terrific picture.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 1:52 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

.....GHOSTBUSTERS: Did the film really look all that pristine on its original release?

No, I think it was always visually troubled. I remember the laserdisc looking significantly cruddy. Nevertheless, it should look a lot better on blu-ray than it does. Frustrating.....



Sometimes when a film looks bad, you actually CAN blame the cameraman.....


Ivan Reitman seems to get a lot of flack for not being the best director to make the Ghostbusters movies, but as someone who has seen the movie easily a ton of times, I'm biased to loving every part of it!

Also some of the special effects looked tacky on the vhs I owned so I suspect the blu-ray will make things worse as well.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Most 80's movies tended to be shot on super-grainy film stock, so transferring them properly to Blu is somewhat problematic.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 2:09 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I've actually seen the Ghostbusters BD praised more often than thrashed. While it's a grainy-looking film, I've read that they did an admirable job bringing out long-lost details in the image while avoiding noise reduction that would mess with the look of the film. I've been meaning to rent it to see for myself before committing to a purchase.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 2:11 PM   
 By:   Buscemi   (Member)

For a lot of these 1980's movies, they are probably the best they will ever look. Look at Evil Dead II. A low-budget indie film with a mono track and the Lionsgate Blu Ray is quite grainy. But of course, it's better than having a scrubbed to hell transfer with Bruce Campbell looking waxy.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 8:01 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)



Ivan Reitman seems to get a lot of flack for not being the best director to make the Ghostbusters movies, but as someone who has seen the movie easily a ton of times, I'm biased to loving every part of it!

Also some of the special effects looked tacky on the vhs I owned so I suspect the blu-ray will make things worse as well.


I loved every part of it, too since age 13! The visual effects actually look pretty good on blu. Not great, but not horrid. There's one exterior shot of the main building that looks more like a matte painting than ever before, but it still works. The transfer mainly suffers in dark shots. The scene in the lab after the opening logo looks particularly crappy. You can play with yer TV all you want but it's not gonna help that scene much, or several others.

"Back off, man. I'm a scientist."

 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2012 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Recent screenings:



The African Queen (1951) - Amazingly enough I had never seen this movie. What a delight it was to experience. The blu-ray looked STUNNING. Absolutely incredible. The color was breathtaking. Even the opening title sequence was beautiful. One of the best blu-rays I've seen.




Galaxy Quest (1999) - this movie falls flat more often that it succeeds IMO, but it's still relatively fun and has such a great score.




The Apartment (1960) - One of the greatest comedy-dramas of all time. Looks crisp and wonderful on blu-ray. 2.35:1 black & white photography of this scope is film art at its finest for me. It still amuses me that studios insist on designing color cover art for b&w films. roll eyes


Looking forward to watching Outland this weekend!

 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2012 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   KubrickFan   (Member)


The Apartment (1960) - One of the greatest comedy-dramas of all time. Looks crisp and wonderful on blu-ray. 2.35:1 black & white photography of this scope is film art at its finest for me. It still amuses me that studios insist on designing color cover art for b&w films. roll eyes


How many movies of that time were given black and white posters anyway?

 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2012 - 11:19 AM   
 By:   The REAL BJBien   (Member)

Recent screenings:



The African Queen (1951) - Amazingly enough I had never seen this movie. What a delight it was to experience. The blu-ray looked STUNNING. Absolutely incredible. The color was breathtaking. Even the opening title sequence was beautiful. One of the best blu-rays I've seen.


It is a damn shame that this film looks better then PATTON, AMADEUS and OUT OF AFRICA and it spoiled the hell out of me for how as you said it STUNNING older films can look and best of all...look like film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2012 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

The entire Bourne Trilogy is pretty excellent on blu ray.


 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2012 - 3:42 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Currently watchimg this:

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2012 - 10:18 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)



OUTLAND
Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Was like seeing it for the first time. A quality transfer. It looked huge and wide and crisp and clean. Couldn't be happier with it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2012 - 10:41 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I've actually seen the Ghostbusters BD praised more often than thrashed. While it's a grainy-looking film, I've read that they did an admirable job bringing out long-lost details in the image while avoiding noise reduction that would mess with the look of the film. I've been meaning to rent it to see for myself before committing to a purchase.

I've normally been disappointed by catalog releases on BR, but I was highly impressed with Ghostbusters. It's been cleaned up nicely but actually still looks like a film print. Heck, it's so clear and detailed that when Egon comes up from under Janine's desk, there's a moth flying around in the background that I had never seen before in my previous 20+ years of watching it on VHS and TV. LOL!!! It's easily one of the best remastering jobs on an older title I've seen.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2012 - 3:57 AM   
 By:   KonstantinosZ   (Member)

Disney over all has done a phenomenal job remastering their animated films for BluRay.

Beauty and the Beast:

All kinds of trouble with this release. Some character outlines appeared to be in blue. (Blue?) and there was a white "halo" effect around the animation line art. I also read they over lightened the film starting back with one of its DVD special editions. I seem to remember some "scarier" scenes being much darker in the theater, and thus added to the dramatic effect.

Regarding the white boarders around the line art and strange line art color I don't know if I simply got a bad BluRay.


THANK YOUUUUU!!!
Here's another sensible person.
Beauty and the Beast is my favourite film of all time, but i still refuse to purchase the Bluray.
Disney has messed up with the colors (saying that this was the original intent), and all the darkness of the original film has been lost.
In addition other scenes too, that didn't involve dark colors and shades, have lost their initial impact.

http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/7839/beautyjj.jpg

look at how the light was in the upper screenshots! Now this effect is lost.
The beautiful morning seems like late afternoon.
the only mediums that still have the original colors are the VHS and Laserdisc.

Disney has messed up with some colors in Fantasia too!
Watch for instance the Bach segment and those scenes with the circles running around.
In the original the background was black (or maybe very dark blue-black)
Now it's very light sky color!
Totally lost the impact it has!

 
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