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 Posted:   Jul 24, 2013 - 9:31 PM   
 By:   Cooper   (Member)


John Carpenter's Tentacular Spectacular, The Thing, helped me get over the free shipping hump at Amazon for a hair over seven bucks (Blu-ray). So how's this Em Effer wake up in Hi Def after all these years? [I was a little slow on the pickup, maybe because I owned several pounds of SD 'Thing.' So when it came to the Blu, I was all...some Things can wait...for a seven dollar special. Well, that day has come...]

Anticipating modest gains in picture quality for HD, though now I'm reading Universal ran amok with digital noise reduction, smudging out the fine detailing in the snow and slime. A treatment they apparently did not subject their earlier, HD DVD edition to...

Well, how bad is it? Merely within shouting distance of up-scaled SD? Or did Universal's digital scrubbing stop within an inch of The Thing's wriggling life? I hope there's still an HD glint in the eye of ol' "Split-face." Remember him? He was the mess--"Is that a man in there...or somethin'?"--from the Norwegian camp that Mac brought back for show and tell.

Fingers crossed this is a quality presentation for a film that deserves it.


--Coop

 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 11:14 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Think goodness I still have my HD DVD player.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2013 - 1:33 PM   
 By:   Cooper   (Member)

Think goodness I still have my HD DVD player.



Universal's next move will probably be to release the existing HD master without the DNR...and more sensitively done blemish and print damage cleanup.

More likely, I guess, than a new scan and full restoration of the original elements.

That said, I don't expect to get a look at this Blu-ray and--spoiler alert!--grouse, disbelieving, like Palmer seeing The Thing's "Head Crab" incarnation scuttling away: "You've gotta be effin' kidding!"

Not that much of an affront in the PQ department, I'd wager!



 
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