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Time Bandits (re-issued 2013 Blu-ray version)
on 31 August 2014
This 50GB region B locked disc is a re-issue of Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits" which is a vast improvement on the 2009 version on Blu-ray and is like a different film comparing it to the 2002 release on DVD which like the 2009 version on Blu-ray had various flaws ranging from print damage and scratches to a lack-luster sounding soundtrack, this 2013 incarnation is both an improvement in both departments with a picture that is both better in depth of colour and field of blacks I found the most impressive version of the audio track to be the English LPCM 48kHZ 24 bit stereo which I thought had a better sounding dialogue track comparing it to the previous Blu-ray and DVD copies which sounded muffled and at times difficult to follow.
The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray release:
"The original 35mm Time Bandits negative was scanned at 2K resolution on a pin-registered ARRISCAN, and the film was fully graded using the Nucoda Film Master Colour grading system.
Restoration work was carried out using a combination of software tools and techniques. Thousands of instances of dirt, scratches, and debris were carefully removed frame by frame. Damaged frames were repaired, and density and stability issues were significantly improved. The soundtrack was transferred from the original magnetic tracks and underwent audio restoration to repair bumps, clicks and other instances of audible damage.
Director and co-writer Terry Gilliam has approved the restoration.
Film Restoration Supervisor: James White.
Film Restoration by Deluxe Production: Mark Bonnici, Graham Jones, Paul Collard.
Datacine Colourist: Stephen Berman."
The disc is encoded using the MPEG4 codec in full 1080p resolution in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85.1 the audio comes in English DTS Master audio 5.1 24 bit and English LPCM stereo 24 bit with English subtitles for the hard of hearing, the cover artwork is reversible so you can use either the hourglass deign or the familiar boat design this package from Arrow is so much better in my option compared to the Anchor Bay issue....