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3.0 out of 5 stars
Great film, but no director's cut..., 6 Oct 2009
I wasn't expecting this Blu-ray to be available until January 2010, so you can imagine how surprised I was to see it sitting on the shelf of my local record shop when I rocked in there this lunchtime.
I've just finished watching it and picture quality is good overall, but not the best I've seen amongst older films put onto Blu-ray (not as good as 2001 Space Odyssey, or Kramer -v- Kramer for example). There were a couple of low lit scenes early in the film that looked very muddy and lacking in shadow detail. Light scenes were a mixed bag; sometimes showing lots of detail and sharpness, but sometimes soft and slightly off-focus looking. None of these things distracted me from enjoying the film though. So video quality is not brilliant IMO, but still a lot better than the DVD. BTW I'm watching on a 50" plasma from 9 feet away if that helps.
Sound quality seemed fine to me, but I'm not much of an audio aficionado, so can't say much about that.
This Blu-ray only contains the shortened international release, not the director's cut. Bit of a shame really, as I thought the story presented in the director's cut had much more of an emotional impact. I would have liked to have seen a Blu-ray release with the director's cut (as the story was intended to be shown) or even better, both versions in one edition.