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The Seven-Ups [Blu -ray] [Blu-ray]
The Seven-Ups [Blu -ray] [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Roy Scheider
Offered by Signal One Entertainment
Price: £12.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GRITTY 70'S COP MOVIE, 1 July 2016
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Roy Scheider plays Buddy, a cop in an elite squad called 'The Seven-Ups, so called because, when convicted, the criminals get jail sentences of seven years and up. When his partner is murdered, it's up to him to bring the killers to justice.

This is a gritty cop movie from the 70's. If you like the French Connection (which Roy Scheider was also in) and Serpico, you should enjoy this. Filmed in New York, but not in the tourist spots you normally see. It is shot against one of New York's winters. The cinematography paints a bleak cold picture of the city in winter, which compliments the grittiness of the story. No digital effects here, everything you see is for real. The grain structure has been left intact, but is not obtrusive, and only occasionally is heavy. All in all it does not spoil the enjoyment of the film. If you thought the car chase in Bullitt was good, then wait till you watch this one.There are also a load of extras, one being the super 8 release from the 70's which a certain age group will remember, where condensed versions of a film were released and sold, (and would have cost a lot more money than this Blu Ray). The print used for this transfer is clean, and has no visible scratches or splices. This review is for Signal One's release of their Blu Ray, and does not refer to any other releases.

Picture Quality is good, with a sharp image. Colours are natural, and has a bleakness that only winter can bring out. This Blu Ray transfer is in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (although neither Amazon or Blu ray.com gives you this information). The sound is in the original mono.

Final word: If a small company like Single One can release a film with all these extras at an affordable price, why can't the majors?
Recommended.
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The Man Who Haunted Himself (Blu-ray + DVD)
The Man Who Haunted Himself (Blu-ray + DVD)
Dvd ~ Roger Moore
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £12.47

5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT PICTURE QUALITY, 3 Jun. 2016
Harold Pelham, played by Roger Moore, is driving home one night after work, when he has a horrific car crash. While in surgery he 'dies' on the operating table. He is resuscitated, and goes home, and back to work. Soon after, people are telling him things that he'd done or said when they met the week before, but he says it wasn't him that they saw.

This is an enjoyable British film from the the 70's. If you like supernatural films, you should enjoy this. I already had this on dvd, and on the audio, there was several loud cracks, (which only lasted for a second) on checking this blu ray release they were almost non existent. In fact if anybody was unfamiliar with the problem, they wouldn't even notice it on this blu ray. The quality of this transfer is exceptional, definition being pin sharp, and colours vivid. The film has gone through a complete restoration, and this is what an old film should look like on blu ray.

Picture Quality is pin sharp, with perfect colours. According to IMDB the aspect ratio of the film is 1.85:1. Network state that this blu ray release is in it's 'as exhibited theatrical aspect ratio' which is 1.75:1. IMDB have been wrong before, so I tend to believe Network, after all, they are the distributors of the blu ray. Sound is in the original mono.

If you already own this on dvd, this blu ray release is definitely worth upgrading to


Robbery [Blu-ray]
Robbery [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Stanley Baker
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT BLU RAY TRANSFER, 24 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Robbery [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is an account of the great train robbery, that took place in 1963. It has a host of stars, headed by Stanley Baker. The first half of the film tells a fictitious story of the gang of what may have happened prior to the robbery. From then on the film portrays an actual account of the robbery, and what happened after.

This film is a forgotten British gem, which has been previously released on dvd in a 1.33:1 full screen version. This version is in the original ratio. The film has been lovingly restored, and looks wonderful. There is not a mark on it, and again shows what blu ray can do for old films. Picture Quality is pristine.

As stated above Picture Quality is excellent, with pin sharp definition, and perfect colours, and is in it's original aspect ratio of 1.66:1. Sound is in the original mono.

Final word: If you are a fan of this film, and have the old dvd version, this blu ray is definitely worth upgrading to.


The Skull (1965) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD)
The Skull (1965) Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD)
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Offered by bestmediagroup
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIRST TIME ON BLU RAY, 11 Nov. 2015
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Christopher Maitland, played by Peter Cushing is a collector of occult, and acquires a skull, reputed to be that of the Marquis de Sade. After being told to get rid of it by his friend Sir Matthew Phillips, played by Christopher Lee, he ignores the advice, but soon regrets it.

I pre-ordered this with a little trepidation, as at the time, there was no aspect ratio information. Fear not, it is in the correct ratio of 2.35:1. It is the first time this has been released on blu ray, or even dvd in this country. There is a fine layer of grain on this transfer, but as that is how it would have looked on its release to cinemas it is not a problem, in any case it is not obtrusive, and does not spoil the enjoyment of the film. If you are a fan of Hammer horror, then you should enjoy this. This is a film done in the old style of horror films. If you are only a fan of modern gore this is not for you.This was an Amicus release, who made similar films to Hammer, and were in direct competition. Watch it for what it is, which is pure entertainment, and you will enjoy it.

As stated above this blu ray transfer is in the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, colours are natural, and the transfer has good definition. Sound is in the original mono.

Recommended for people who are into the old style of horror films from the 60's and early 70's. I have waited a long time for this title to be released, now it's finally here courtesy of Eureka.


Rosemary's Baby [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free]
Rosemary's Baby [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Mia Farrow
Price: £6.25

5.0 out of 5 stars A DEFINATE IMPROVEMENT OVER THE DVD VERSION., 6 Nov. 2015
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When a young couple, played by Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes, move into a new apartment, they are befriended by their upstairs neighbours, an elderly couple, played by Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer. As time goes by their behaviour becomes more and more weirder.

Directed by Roman Polanski, the film is mostly set in the Dakota building in New York, which is an old Gothic building, and suits the purpose well. I already had this film on dvd, and wondered if the upgrade would be worth it. Upon researching the blu ray, I found a screen capture of the title. On the dvd the 'Y' in baby was at the edge of the screen and partly missing, on the screen capture it was there, with loads of room to spare. (Although on the box to the dvd it says the image is 1.85:1 anamorphic). I compared the picture area between the two, and there was more picture area visible on the blu ray. When the blu ray arrived I put it in, and immediately, not only was there more picture area, but the colour of the titles were more vibrant. In comparison the titles on the dvd look faded. The colours are substantially more vivid on this blu ray release, and the image is also sharper than the dvd.

The transfer is in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. As mentioned above the colours are vivid, and the image is sharp. Sound is in 2.0.

Final word: If you are a fan of this film, then the upgrade to blu ray is definitely worth it.


Chinatown [Blu-ray] [1974] [US Import]
Chinatown [Blu-ray] [1974] [US Import]
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £16.04

5.0 out of 5 stars A MODERN FILM NOIR, 16 Oct. 2015
Jack Nicholson plays Jake Gettes, a Los Angeles private detective, who specializes in cases concerning adultery. When hired by Evelyn Mulwray, to follow her husband, he is drawn into a world of corruption and murder.

This is a glossy modern film noir, directed by Roman Polanski. Set in 1940's Los Angeles, the film is a brilliant thriller. Filmed in the style of the old black & white films of the 40's, starring Humphrey Bogart. If you like the old films, then you will enjoy this. The Quality of the image is outstanding for a film that is over 40 years old.
This review is for the U. S. Version, which is region free.

This blu ray transfer is in the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1. As mentioned above, the image is pin sharp, and the colours vivid and natural. The audio is in 5.1.
Highly recommended.


The Driver [Blu-ray]
The Driver [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Ryan O'Neal
Price: £15.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BLU RAY TRANSFER OF A 70'S FILM, 17 July 2015
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This review is from: The Driver [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
As the title suggests, Ryan O' Neal plays the driver, driving getaway cars for gangs committing robberies. He is a specialist in his field, and has never been caught. Bruce Dern plays the cop, who wants to nail him and won't stop at anything to do it.

This is a film that never reached box office success, but is still a good movie. If you like 70's cop films with car chases, then you should enjoy this film.

Considering this film is now 37 years old, Picture Quality for this blu ray release, is very good, The image is sharp, with good colour reproduction. This transfer is in it's original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The audio is in 2.0

Recommended.


The Long Good Friday + Mona Lisa [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
The Long Good Friday + Mona Lisa [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
Dvd ~ Bob Hoskins
Price: £40.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT BLU RAY TRANSFER OF BOTH FILMS, 25 May 2015
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Mona Lisa:

Fresh out of prison, Bob Hoskins plays George, who gets a job driving Simone, a prostitute, played by Cathy Tyson. They hate each other, but as times passes, they start to like each other. After a while Cathy asks George to look for a girl she once knew, also a prostitute called Cathy, played by Kate Hardie. But in the seedy world of prostitution, that might prove difficult.

The Long Good Friday:

Arguably the best British gangster film ever made, Bob Hoskins plays Harold Shand, a London gangster. Upon arrival back in England, after a business meeting in New York, things start to go wrong. The first problem is when his Rolls Royce and driver get blown up.
Bob Hoskins plays this role to perfection, and is one of his best roles ever.

I have not gone into the synopsis too much, as by now everybody should know these films. Arrow have done a brilliant job on this release. Both films have been restored, and look and sound perfect. There are no scratches to be found anywhere on either film. Previously, The Long Good Friday was in 1.66:1 on blu ray, which is the wrong ratio for this film, so some picture information was missing from the sides. This has now been corrected for this release, and for the first time, The Long Good Friday, is in the correct aspect ratio on blu ray, and it's the first time for Mona Lisa on blu ray. I already had both of these films on dvd, and compared certain scenes from the old dvd and the restored blu ray. There is a significant improvement in picture quality from both films on the restored blu rays, both in colour and sharpness of the image. In this box set, you get dvd editions of everything as well. There are a total of 6 discs altogether, and you also get a 100 page hardback book, which amongst other things, goes into detail about the problems of releasing The Long Good Friday theatrically. This box set is limited to 3000.

Picture Quality is sharp, and colours are good. Both films are in their original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Instead of putting these films into 5.1 Arrow have took the wise decision and left them in their original mono.

Final word: This is the best either film has ever looked. If you are a fan of either film, and already have them on dvd, then this box set is definitely worth the upgrade.


The Blob [Blu-ray]
The Blob [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Steve McQueen
Price: £10.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FIRST TIME ON BLU RAY FOR THIS SC-FI CLASSIC, 13 May 2015
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This review is from: The Blob [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
After witnessing a meteorite crash to earth, Steve Andrews and his girlfriend, Jane Martin, played respectively by Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut, go to investigate. The meteorite turns out to be a small 'blob' similar to jelly. The 'blob' rapidly grows in size, when it starts to attach itself to things, namely people. After reporting the incident to the police, they flatly deny to believe their story, until it's too late.

This is a classic 50's American SC-FI movie aimed at the teenage market of the period. There were a lot of films in this genre in the 50's, mainly in Black and White, this was one of the few made in colour, and aptly fits in with the rest. Interestingly Steve McQueen is billed on the credits as Steven McQueen. The print used for this transfer is the same one that Criterion used in the U.S. Which was a new digital 4K transfer.There are no major scratches or dirt, but there is a layer of digital noise. However, it is not heavy, and not always visible, and does not spoil the enjoyment of watching the film. This is the first time that this film has been available on blu ray in the U.K. If you like the old American 50's SC-FI movies, you should enjoy this one.

Picture Quality is good, with natural colours. The original aspect ratio was 1.66:1. This transfer is in 1.67:1 which is the same as the U.S. version. The sound is in the original mono.


Coffy [Blu-ray]
Coffy [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Pam Grier
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars IMPROVED PICTURE QUALITY OVER THE DVD, 24 April 2015
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This review is from: Coffy [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Pam Grier is Coffy, a nurse, who decides to deal out her own justice on the the drug dealers of Los Angeles after her younger sister becomes one of their victims. When her friend is shot who is a police officer, she becomes even more determined in tracking down the culprits.

This is a blaxploitation film from the 70's. If you like films such as Shaft which also falls into this genre, then you should enjoy this one. It is violent, and probably depicts accurately what life was like in 70's America. The follow up film was Foxy Brown, also available on blu ray from Arrow. I also have this film on dvd, and compared the first 5 minutes of each. On the dvd the colours are washed out, and the print that was used is peppered with white speckles. No such problems with the blu ray, it has been remastered. However, there are a few instances of a mild layer of digital noise, but this only lasts for a few seconds, and is not constant, so does not detract from the enjoyment of the film.

Picture Quality is good, with a sharp image. Colours are good This blu ray transfer is in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 The sound is in the original mono.


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