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Ida [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import]
Ida [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import]
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Price: £16.03

5.0 out of 5 stars This is the version with perfectly-placed subtitles!, 22 Feb. 2015
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This review is for the region A blu-ray issued by Music Box Films.
A perfect film made even better by sensitive use of subtitle placement, exactly as seen in the theatrical release. So, for everyone who is hesitating over the Artificial Eye disc because of the numerous complaints over some of the poorly-placed subtitles, this is the one to go for. There are a few short but interesting extras too. However, here in the UK, you will need a multi-region blu-ray player to view it.
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Andrei Rublev Blu RAY Andrey Tarkovsky ENGLISH SUBTITLES.Menu in Russian
Andrei Rublev Blu RAY Andrey Tarkovsky ENGLISH SUBTITLES.Menu in Russian
Dvd ~ Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko, Nikolay Sergeev, Irina Tarkovskaya Anatoliy Solonitsyn

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No extras, but a lovely restoration, 11 Jan. 2015
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This review only concerns the quality of the Blu-ray: reviews in other versions of Andrei Rublev will give you some idea of the film and storyline itself.

There is little information given about this Blu-ray. I ordered it from "Shifrinchinik" on Amazon marketplace. It arrived quickly from the US (9 days), and was satisfactorily packaged.

I was initially disturbed to see that this is a Blu-ray/R, but it appears to have been professionally pressed, although the disc label edge text is not sharp enough to be read. It is region-free, plays perfectly and, of course, major film companies do issue some of their back catalogue on DVD/R. The case cover is well-printed, mainly in Russian, but does have a Sony layout and design 1966 copyright statement in English.

The menus are, as stated, all in Russian, but it is easy to select English subtitles as an option, either via the menu or the subtitle button on your remote - there is no other subtitle language.
There are 3 sound options: DTS-HD 5.1, Dolby 5.1 and Dolby 2.0, all for the Russian soundtrack.
There is also a chapter listing which is almost identical to the Artificial Eye (2002) DVD.
There are no extras on this Blu-ray, unlike the AE DVD, which has many very interesting items.

I was pleased to find that this is the Mosfilm 2004 restoration which is, visually, a huge improvement on the Artificial Eye (Ruscico) version that I also own. All the negative speckles have been eliminated, giving a crisp, clean image which seems to be free of digital "enhancements" with just the right amount of grain. The running times for each part are a little longer than the AE DVD, but this is entirely due to the fact that the Blu-ray runs at 24 frames per second, rather than the 25 fps of the AE DVD. The extra running times certainly correspond to the 4% difference, so there is no extra footage. However, unlike the AE version, we do get a correctly proportioned frame (approx 2.35:1), which runs fully edge to edge with black bars top and bottom. The English subtitles are clear and neat - this is a different translation from the original Ruscico release, but not being a Russian speaker, I cannot verify their accuracy. Having compared some parts of both versions, I found the Blu-ray had a slightly more formal feel, but this is a very subjective opinion.

There is some question about the colour correction in the final sequence - it does look over-bright and somewhat similar to the 2004 Lizard DVD release, which is believed to derive from the same restoration (see for yourself at dvdbeaver.com). Again, this is a subjective impression - I find the colour shots in the AE version a little flat. The final shot of horses in the rain is also in colour, unlike the AE black and white sequence.

In summary, if you really love Tarkovsky's films, even though it lacks any extras, this Blu-ray is something of a revelation, and I consider it to be well worth buying.


Busby Berkeley 9-Film Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Busby Berkeley 9-Film Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £46.33

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mult-region players can save you money too!, 29 Sept. 2014
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Sublime collection with a fascinating array of extras, which is a real bonus. And if, like me, you have a multi-region player, this NTSC edition is way cheaper than the PAL version, and you get the correct running times too! (No PAL speed-up). Transfers are excellent, with good contrast and in the correct 1.33 ratio. Highly recommended.


GOLDEN DRAGON Replacement Power Tools/Cordless Drill Battery for BOSCH 2 607 335 033, 2 607 335 032, PSR 7.2VES-2, PBM 7.2, 2607335033, 2607335032, 2607335031 [7.20V, 1300mAh, Ni-Cd]
GOLDEN DRAGON Replacement Power Tools/Cordless Drill Battery for BOSCH 2 607 335 033, 2 607 335 032, PSR 7.2VES-2, PBM 7.2, 2607335033, 2607335032, 2607335031 [7.20V, 1300mAh, Ni-Cd]
Offered by 168onlinegoods
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good product, 29 Sept. 2014
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Excellent product, delivered quickly. Lasts longer per charge than the original battery, with a little more oomph.


Nostalghia [Blu-ray] [1983] [US Import]
Nostalghia [Blu-ray] [1983] [US Import]
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Price: £14.28

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Blu Experience, 6 July 2014
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Tarkovsky on blu-ray is becoming quite comprehensive with only Stalker (as far as I can discover) yet to début. Trouble is, with the exception of The Sacrifice (region-free) and Solaris, the rest are either only obtainable from overseas sources or are not Region B friendly.

Nostalghia is no exception: this Kino release is region A only. But if you do have a multi-region blu-ray player, I think this disc is well worth buying.

It is superior in quality to Kino's other recent release, The Sacrifice, which suffers from too much DNR and "sharpness" tweaking, giving it a very unnatural sheen, whereas, Nostalghia suffers no such digital "enhancement" defects. However, there would also appear to be no restoration work (perhaps in response to criticisms of The Sacrifice). Negative speckles are present (showing as white dots), and the soundtrack hasn't been cleaned up much - I could detect at least one reel change on the soundtrack alone. But to be positive, I think these slight imperfections contribute to the very filmic feel and quality that this blu-ray has.

And the transfer is otherwise excellent. If, as I am, you are used to seeing Nostalghia via Artificial Eye's DVD, you will immediately notice that colour saturation has a much more natural look: trees, smoke, flesh tones, blood, all appear as they should. The dream/memory sequences are now in black-and-white, not in sepia. The correct aspect ratio, 1.66, is now used, giving a little more picture area. But the greatest gain is in overall clarity and detail. Nostalghia abounds in natural textures: ancient stone, flowing and falling water, decaying buildings, and when human beings are set against such backgrounds the effect is almost 3D in quality.

Overall, a very satisfying disc which truly reflects its origins.


Russian Ark: Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [2002] [US Import]
Russian Ark: Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [2002] [US Import]
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Price: £14.28

5.0 out of 5 stars Blu - the colour of my true love's dream ..., 24 Jun. 2014
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Let me say right away that I absolutely love this film - it is an amazing achievement by the director and crew, and an incredible experience for the viewer - rather like being immersed in a costume drama waking dream for 90 minutes. Technically it was a first, the longest single take ever made. But, the question is, is the blu-ray worth the extra investment? Warning: the answer is rather geeky (blame my working life in the film industry) and could involve you in additional costs.

When Russian Ark was first released for the home, it was only available on dvd, which was fine, with (to me) one really annoying exception: the layer transition which occurs just before we enter the ballroom for the Grand Ball, gives a slight pause/jump effect. This totally destroys the trance of the single take and, hence, the raison d'etre of the whole film.

With the blu-ray edition, there is no layer transition and thus the film is presented exactly as it should be: one smooth, single take with no annoying jump, and in beautiful HD, which could be bettered by today's standards, but is an improvement on the dvd and, I think, truly reflects the quality available for the original digital film.

So the choice is yours: purists will want the blu-ray, even if they already have the dvd, and those who can live with a slight pause will not.

One final note for real geeks: if you are upgrading from dvd, the blu-ray has the same extras but they are not in quite the right format (slightly stretched and cropped, compared to the dvd) so if, like me, you are similarly cursed, you will want to keep both copies. (I did warn you).
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Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari (Masters of Cinema) (DUAL FORMAT Edition) [Blu-ray]
Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari (Masters of Cinema) (DUAL FORMAT Edition) [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Robert WEINE
Price: £15.11

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLU-RAY? YOU BETCHA! A EUREKA MOC FINEST!, 20 Jun. 2014
Oh dear, don't think Jaffa has done any homework.
Just look at the (hd) comparison sequences currently online (easily found via usual search engines), and marvel at the astonishing quality of this major restoration by the FW Murnau Foundation. Mainly restored from an original camera negative, it is almost akin to watching the original takes - the image is rock-steady, the detail is incredible and missing frames have been reinserted with all the skill of a professional invisible mender. In short, this is one of the finest early film restorations ever completed, and is an absolute must for fans (and would-be fans) of Caligari, no matter how many other copies you may have.

And if you want to fully appreciate just what an amazing job the Murnau team has done, blu-ray will show it to you - the closest we can currently get in our living rooms to the original nitrate experience. My order is already in. Note: no connection with FWMF or Eureka, though I will confess to an undying love of the achievements of Anke Wilkening at Murnau.
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Distant Sun-Live Wallpaper
Distant Sun-Live Wallpaper
Price: £0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very nice-looking indeed ... but, 22 Oct. 2013
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Slowly circling display of the night sky - looks great but, overnight it all but drained my battery (nexus7) so uninstalled. Pity, as the Distant Suns app is one of the best. I'll try it again in a month or so.


The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953) Robert Morley, Peter Finch
The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1953) Robert Morley, Peter Finch
Offered by Sarah Supplies
Price: £45.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars My Goodness Me! What Shall We Do?, 13 Aug. 2013
This DVD is rather problematic: it is a copy of what appears to be a second generation VHS tape and not a digital transfer at all - so if you are expecting DVD quality, you are in for a disappointment. But, this film is not available in any other format at present so, if you really want to see it, there is no alternative (except maybe a stray VHS copy which will look no different). On the plus side, the sound is reasonable for the period (1953) and the film is presented in the correct (4:3) format.

In view of this, you may consider that £45 is rather excessive although, as another reviewer has said, this dvd is available at gsfestivals.org. Go to musical collectables/dvds/great g and s films to find it quickly. It is £19.99 plus postage.


Napoleon [1927] [Chinese Import]
Napoleon [1927] [Chinese Import]
Dvd ~ Albert Dieudonné

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the full Monty, 2 July 2009
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This (Korean pressed) DVD edition is not an over-shortened version, but the image quality is not good - very compressed which gives a poorly contrasted and 'blocky' image on a reasonably-sized tv. Looks better if you can squeeze it down to U-tube size on your computer. I'd only allow one star on image quality alone, but, but, but ... there is currently no other version available, so if you want to see Napoleon, this is it. For a much more detailed and erudite review go to Amazon.com and read Streeb-Greebling's essay about the same edition.
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