BLU RAY PRINT QUALITY - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (2)

A Listmania! list by Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London)
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Back to the Future Trilogy [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
1.  Back to the Future Trilogy [Blu-ray] [Region Free] DVD ~ Michael J. Fox
The list author says:
  "The 3 BTTF films are remembered with great affection - and rightly so. But little will prepare you for good they look on this 4-disc Lowry Digital Restoration Box Set. Great extras too. See review..."
£18.49   Used & New from: £6.19
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (742 customer reviews) | 12 customer discussions

Pride & Prejudice [Blu-ray][Region Free] [2005]
2.  Pride & Prejudice [Blu-ray][Region Free] [2005] DVD ~ Keira Knightly
The list author says:
  "Formerly only available in HD-DVD with the dodgy US ending, this March 2010 UK Blu Ray reissue finally allows this superb adaptation room to shine. Massive improvements over the DVD. See review...."
£8.99   Used & New from: £6.28
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (549 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Prisoner - Complete Series [Blu-ray] [1967]
3.  The Prisoner - Complete Series [Blu-ray] [1967] DVD ~ Patrick McGoohan
The list author says:
  "First aired in Sept 1967, this iconic 35mm-filmed masterpiece has enthralled & divided ever since. This stunning Sept 2009 6-Disc Box Set won’t. Gobsmacking to look at. See review…"
£34.69
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews) | 6 customer discussions

Brief Encounter [Blu-ray]
4.  Brief Encounter [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Celia Johnson
The list author says:
  "David Lean’s 1945 terribly British morality tale finally given a properly great makeover by the BFI. People say things like “frightful” and “beastly”. The loveliest it’s ever looked. See review…"
£5.61
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Kelly's Heroes [Blu-ray] [1970] [Region Free]
5.  Kelly's Heroes [Blu-ray] [1970] [Region Free] DVD ~ Clint Eastwood
The list author says:
  "Released in 1970 after “M.A.S.H.” and in the same month as “Catch 22”, this 3rd slice of WW II irreverence has been beloved by movie fans ever since. The Blu Ray print is a revelation. See review…"
£8.84   Used & New from: £5.90
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Shakespeare in Love [Blu-ray]
6.  Shakespeare in Love [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Gwyneth Paltrow
The list author says:
  "Re-watching this film in 2011 and you ‘get’ its 13 Academy Award nominations. But now it has a fabulous transfer too onto Blu Ray - bringing out endless detail in the clothing and sets. See review…"
£8.99   Used & New from: £5.39
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Band Of Brothers - HBO Complete Series [Blu-ray]
7.  Band Of Brothers - HBO Complete Series [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Damian Lewis
The list author says:
  "I bought "Pacific" on Blu Ray but haven't finished it. This, however, is a different ball game. "Band Of Brothers" is truly astonishing on Blu Ray and one of the format's best bargain-buys. See review"
£29.09   Used & New from: £12.29
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,129 customer reviews) | 22 customer discussions

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [Blu-ray] [1968]
8.  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [Blu-ray] [1968] DVD ~ Dick Van Dyke
The list author says:
  "A 1968 ‘family’ film given a frame-by-frame Lowry Digital Restoration and reissued on a 2010 Blu Ray with spectacular results. A benchmark even for Lowry. See review…"
£8.99   Used & New from: £4.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (481 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Road To Perdition [Blu-ray]
9.  Road To Perdition [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Jude Law
The list author says:
  "You would think a film like this would be absolute Blu Ray heaven – but I found it an ever so slightly disappointing print. Although it’s a great re-watch as a film, the definition never rises to it.."
£8.34   Used & New from: £6.30
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Green Zone [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
10.  Green Zone [Blu-ray] [Region Free] DVD ~ Matt Damon
The list author says:
  "Filmed in a hand-held documentary way to get gritty realism and huge swathes of it at night, unfortunately what you get on Blu Ray is a really bad film with a rubbish unwatchable print."
£4.33   Used & New from: £1.29
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

2010 - The Year We Make Contact [Blu-ray] [1984] [Region Free]
11.  2010 - The Year We Make Contact [Blu-ray] [1984] [Region Free] DVD ~ Roy Scheider
The list author says:
  "A very good Sci-Fi film from 1985, but unfortunately it has an awful transfer to Blu Ray that completely undermines your enjoyment of the watch. See review…"
Used & New from: £13.77
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

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The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]
12.  The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free] DVD ~ John Neville
The list author says:
  "Another great film with ingenious and unique Gilliam visuals let down by a very so-so transfer. This should be a winner on Blu Ray. See review…"
£7.62   Used & New from: £5.18
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Stargate: Ultimate Edition (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray]
13.  Stargate: Ultimate Edition (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Kurt Russell
The list author says:
  "Improved in places, but still with real problems in others. However, has hours of genuinely expanded extra features and a good price - both make it tempting. See review…"
Used & New from: £9.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

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Amadeus - The Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [1984] [Region Free]
14.  Amadeus - The Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [1984] [Region Free] DVD ~ F. Murray Abraham
The list author says:
  "A sumptuous period piece about Mozart - and yet this is another film that should be gobsmacking on Blu Ray, but only manages ‘slightly better’. Very disappointing…"
£8.99   Used & New from: £5.18
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

X-Men Quadrilogy - X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine [Blu-ray]
15.  X-Men Quadrilogy - X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Hugh Jackman
The list author says:
  "Each of the first 3 films is a double-edition whilst "Wolverine" is a single-disc version (7 total). Superlative transfers to Blu Ray (way better than the DVDs), shed loads of extras and a good price."
£24.95   Used & New from: £4.98
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews) | 16 customer discussions

Ray [Blu-ray]
16.  Ray [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Jamie Foxx
The list author says:
  "The reason I bought so completely into High Definition was viewing the HD-DVD of this Ray Charles biopic. A great film sensationally rendered. On BR at last. So good you can even see their wig lines!"
£8.99   Used & New from: £4.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

Coraline [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
17.  Coraline [Blu-ray] [Region Free] DVD ~ Dakota Fanning
The list author says:
  "Weird and wonderful animation (very Tim Burton) complete with 2D and slightly gimmicky 3D Versions (& several viewing glasses). An immaculate print and it's reasonably priced too. See review…"
£5.10   Used & New from: £1.49
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

Taken [Blu-ray]
18.  Taken [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Liam Neeson
The list author says:
  "A very good example of an ordinary print on DVD – but extraordinary on Blu Ray. It’s taught, beautifully filmed and endlessly re-watchable. The people’s rental/to buy champ for 2008. See review..."
£7.00   Used & New from: £1.34
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (670 customer reviews) | 8 customer discussions

Intolerable Cruelty [Blu-ray]
19.  Intolerable Cruelty [Blu-ray] DVD ~ George Clooney
The list author says:
  "2011 Blu Ray reissue of a Coen Brothers film that divides fans. I think it deserves reappraisal and it’s fabulous to look at on the new format. See review…"
£8.99   Used & New from: £3.98
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Quo Vadis [Blu-ray] [1951] [Region Free]
20.  Quo Vadis [Blu-ray] [1951] [Region Free] DVD ~ Robert Taylor
The list author says:
  "Restored print with beautiful clarity, however, this bloated 1951 sand-and-sandals epic is a bit of a bore – even with Peter Ustinov and Leo Genn’s scene stealing. See review…"
£6.64   Used & New from: £4.35
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Rio Bravo [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
21.  Rio Bravo [Blu-ray] [Region Free] DVD ~ John Wayne
The list author says:
  "A 1959 Western in Colour with great performances from the Duke and Walter Brennan. But the real revelation is Dean Martin. The print is very good too despite the vintage. See review..."
Used & New from: £19.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Despicable Me (Blu-ray DVD)
22.  Despicable Me (Blu-ray DVD) DVD ~ Steve Carell
The list author says:
  "Saw this at the cinema in 3D - what a blast! The yellow big-eyed ‘Minions’ engendered incredible laughs and affection. Up close, this 2D Blu Ray reveals the beautifully realized artwork. Fresh & fun."
Used & New from: £4.73
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,201 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

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Out of Sight [Blu-ray]
23.  Out of Sight [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Jennifer Lopez
The list author says:
  "Another HD-DVD only title I owned – Blu Ray has the same stunning visual quality (big improvement on DVD), zippy script, chemistry between Clooney & Lopez & making-of with the cool cast interviewed."
£8.99   Used & New from: £4.00
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

Live And Let Die [Blu-ray] [1973] [Region Free]
24.  Live And Let Die [Blu-ray] [1973] [Region Free] DVD ~ Roger Moore
The list author says:
  "All 22 of the Bonds got Lowry Digital Restoration (still only 9 on Blu Ray). The opening New Orleans segment has best-ever clarity. From Russia With Love, Dr. No, Thunderball the same…"
£8.99   Used & New from: £1.34
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Lake House [Blu-ray] [2006] [Region Free]
25.  The Lake House [Blu-ray] [2006] [Region Free] DVD ~ Brianna Hartig
The list author says:
  "Initially only on the defunct HD-DVD format, this Blu Ray reissue mimics that entirely (even the menus are the same) and gives you a lovely print of a lovely movie. See review…"
Used & New from: £2.45
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

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