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1.0 out of 5 stars
Avoid this horrible Blu-Ray release at all cost., 16 July 2012
Got my Blu-Ray disc of "The Message" today and being a fan of this movie I was very excited to play the disc.
First of all I am hugely disappointed that they crop the movie from sides and made it full screen 1.85:1 Aspect ratio while the original release of The Message was 2.35:1. I compared it with the previous DVD release to clear my doubt and yes the image is cut from the sides which is ridiculous on part of Anchor Bay. I mean why the hell they wanna mess with what the Director has intended? The result is a horrible movie look and it feels like you are watching the movie in Zoom In option.
Secondly, there are no subtitles included in the BD. Is adding subtitles is too much to ask? Its a feature which even bootleg DVDs have. Shame on Anchor Bay,
Thirdly, I am not impressed by the look of the newly remastered print. It looks marginally better than the DVD. They didnt put much effort to present the movie to us which we deserve to see in HD.
There are No Extras included in this release which is also a mystery to me why? I remember watching The making of The Message and Soundtrack in the previous DVD release.
There is also the Arabic version included in Standard definition as a separate DVD which is presented in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio but I dont care about that since I was looking to watch the English version in its purest form in HD.
Overall verdict is that if u have the Original DVD of Message please stick with it as it represents the movie as Moustapha Akkad liked us to see in its Original aspect ratio and not how Anchor bay wants us to see. I would have compromise on the picture quality if atleast the movie is presented in its original aspect ratio. But Anchor Bay got it all wrong by messing up with it. Even the newly remastered DVD by Anchor Bay must have the same cropped version and it should be avoided as well.
Final word: Avoid this release at all cost.