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Avatar Extended Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]
Avatar Extended Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Sam Worthington
Price: £20.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages and Verdict, 3 Jan. 2011
Blu-ray of the Film: zone A & B
Blu-ray 2 and 3 (Bonus): zone B & C

Ratio of the feature film:
1.78:1

Length of the Theatrical Cut: 162 min
Length of the Re-release Cut: 170 min
Length of the Extended Cut: 178 min

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
Dolby 5.1: French, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Audio Descriptive Service, English Family Audio Track
Dolby 2.0 Surround: English

Subtitles of the feature film:
French, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese and English for the hearing impaired

Subtitles for the bonus disc:
French, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian and English for the hearing impaired

Verdict:
An outstanding picture and sound quality, nothing to say except that everything is prefect.

NB: the English Family Audio Track is without any objectionable language (The "goddman" cigarette of Dr Grace Augustine becomes the "stinking" cigarette of Grace). This audio track is not available for the Extended Cut.


Casablanca [Blu-ray] [1942] [Region Free]
Casablanca [Blu-ray] [1942] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Humphrey Bogart
Price: £8.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Quality, 2 Jan. 2011
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
1.33:1 (Black and White)

Languages of the feature film:
- Dolby 1.0: English, Brazilian Portuguese, Hungarian and 2 Commentaries

Subtitles for nearly all the videos:
- Complex Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Arabic, Czech, Hebrew, Hungarian and English for the hearing impaired

Extra subtitles only available for the feature film:
- Bulgarian, Croatian, Estonian, Greek, Icelandic, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Thai and Turkish

Verdict:
A very good picture and the clear sound, an exceptional edition for an outstanding film! You couldn't expect better for a film shoot in 1942.

NB: The blu-ray cover does say Japanese language and Spanish subtitle but there are actually not on the disc.


Thunderball [Blu-ray] [1965]
Thunderball [Blu-ray] [1965]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £6.47

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Quality, 15 Nov. 2010
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
DTS 5.1: French, German
Dolby 5.1: Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese
Dolby 2.0: 2 commentaries

Subtitles for all the videos:
German, French, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and English for the hearing impaired
Subtitle available only for the feature film:
Swedish

Verdict:
An outstanding picture and sound quality, the Lowry Company in charge of this restoration did an excellent job for the fourth film of the collection, this film couldn't have been watched in better condition than it is today. If you watch carefully, you should notice that the car after the DB5 does not have a door on the driver side for the stuntman to be ready to jump out of the vehicle. The mockups of the plane landing on water and the boat exploding at the end looks more obvious.

Soundtracks:
The English soundtrack is by far the most surrounding and accurate obviously, the German and French made in the 60s are also of good quality.
The Latin Spanish, the original dubbing is quite by far the most amazing using the new remastered soundtrack: they have removed the front centre channel which contains most of the English dialogue and replaced it by the original Spanish dubbing which contains some background noise meaning the special sound effect and music sometimes differ compare to the English soundtrack. The dialogues also taking up all the channels make the depiction of the Spanish soundtrack sounds mono during some part of the film, not all fortunately!

Un-expecting dubbing:
As usual in the early Bond films, the Bond Girls were dubbed. Nikki Van der Zyl, the one who dubbed Ursula Andress in Dr. No dubs the French actress Claudine Auger (Miss France 1958). The reason seemed to be that she could not speak loud enough despite a good command of English.
And also, Adolfo Celi playing Emilio Largo is dubbed by Robert Rietty.

NB: quite surprisingly, Blofeld whose face cannot be seen is played by Anthony Dawson and voiced by Joseph Wiseman (both featuring in Dr. No).
In the French dubbing, it is the German actor Gert Fröbe (playing Goldfinger in the previous film as well as speaking fluently French) who dubs Blofeld but not in the German dubbing.

Overall, we are looking at an excellent film technically speaking as always from Lowry. You shall not be disappointed.


Dr. No [Blu-ray] [1962]
Dr. No [Blu-ray] [1962]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Offered by figswigs
Price: £8.60

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Quality Verdict, 2 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Dr. No [Blu-ray] [1962] (Blu-ray)
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
1.66:1

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
DTS 5.1: French, German
Dolby 5.1: Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech
Dolby 2.0: 1 commentary

Subtitles for all the videos:
Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, English for the hearing impaired
2 other subtitles available only for the feature film:
Czech, Chinese

Verdict:
An outstanding picture and sound quality, the Lowry Company in charge of this restoration did an excellent job for the oldest film of the collection, this film couldn't have been watched in better condition than it is today. If you watch carefully, you should even notice that Ursula Andress is not completely naked during the "shower scene" but wears a flesh-colored bodysuit.

Soundtracks:
The English one is absolutely perfect, a real pleasure to listen to the Scottish accent of...
The French and German dubbing both of them original are of very good quality. The amazing part is the music which differs from the original English soundtrack in particular the French one: we can hear some music during the scene where the "driver" swallows the cyanide-cigarettes but not on the English soundtrack.
The Latin Spanish is good except the poor choice of voice for Sean Connery who ends up with a very deep voice.


Speed Racer [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]
Speed Racer [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Emile Hirsch
Offered by WarehouseDirectUK
Price: £4.69

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Verdict, 8 Sept. 2010
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the feature film:
- Dolby 5.1: English, Castilian Spanish, French, German, Italian, Swedish

Subtitles for all the videos:
- English, Castilian Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, Complex Chinese

Verdict:
Picture and sound are perfect, there is not any single flaw about this film and above all, the story is funny and well written.
Even the children would love watching it -> it is rated Parental Guidance (on the Blu-ray).


Cars [Blu-ray]
Cars [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ John Lasseter
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £8.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray Quality & Languages, 31 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Cars [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Blu-Ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
2.40:1

Languages of the feature film:
- Dolby True HD 6.1: English
- Dolby 5.1 EX: English

Subtitles for all the videos:
- English and English for the Hearing Impaired

Verdict:
Speaking about quality (Image and sound), it is 100% perfect with plenty of bonus including some amazing short movies by the same team.
A must-own.


Dark City: Director's Cut [Blu-ray]
Dark City: Director's Cut [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Rufus Sewell

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Subtitles, 23 Aug. 2010
Blu-Ray zone B only

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the Theatrical Cut (101 minutes):
DTS Master Audio 7.1: English
DTS 2.0: 2 Commentaries

Languages of the Director's Cut (111 minutes):
DTS Master Audio 7.1: English
DTS 2.0: 3 commentaries

Subtitle available for all the videos:
English for the hearing impaired

Verdict:
Very good picture and sound make this film a pleasure to watch, the good mark goes without a doubt to the extended cut in which the new unreleased images makes us learn more about the story and makes it much more interesting.
A very good edition.


X-Men [Blu-ray]
X-Men [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Patrick Stewart
Price: £8.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Subtitles, 16 Aug. 2010
This review is from: X-Men [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
2.35:1

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
DTS 5.1: Castilian Spanish, German
Dolby 5.1: English
Dolby 2.0: Commentaries

Subtitles for all the videos:
Spanish, Danish, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Swedish, English for the hearing impaired

Verdict:
Good picture and sound quality and plenty of special features make it really enjoyable.


Rising Sun [Blu-ray]
Rising Sun [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £4.69

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Subtitles, 16 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Rising Sun [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Blu-ray zone B

Ratio of the feature film:
1.78:1

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
DTS 5.1: French, German

Subtitles for all the videos:
Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, English for the hearing impaired

The bonus are only 2 trailers in HD:
- Rising Sun
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Verdict:
A picture far too be perfect which seems to have not been restored but remains more than satisfactory, the sound is quite good without being transcendent. But overall that is good film thanks to a good story with a prefect interpretation by Sean Connery.


The Day The Earth Stood Still [Blu-ray] [1951]
The Day The Earth Stood Still [Blu-ray] [1951]
Dvd ~ Michael Rennie
Price: £8.00

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Languages & Subtitles, 12 Jun. 2010
Blu-ray all zone

Ratio of the feature film:
1.33:1

Languages of the feature film:
DTS Master Audio 5.1: English
DTS 5.1: French, Castilian Spanish, Italian & Isolated score track by Bernard Hermann
Dolby 2.0: 2 commentaries

Subtitles for all the videos:
French, Italian, Castilian Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch and English for the hearing impaired

Verdict:
An outstanding picture and sound quality for this fantastic film, every details of this film have been restored to the highest quality.
The film which was shoot in Black & White is presented in its original screen-format 1.33:1

The film we should own with a good moral.
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