T. J. Cotterill

"Smog_Monster"
(REAL NAME)
 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 99% (72 of 73)
Location: West Midlands, UK
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 137,662 - Total Helpful Votes: 72 of 73
The Ladykillers (The Studio Canal Collection) [Blu&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Alec Guinness
I approached this edition with excitement, being one of my top 100 films. Alas although the restoration is very good, the work carried out being showcased in the restoration featurette, but why are the colours so muted?
The overly dark sections have been brightened, however, this appaers to be at the expense of the very well lit scenes and the colours particularly of the oufits worn by the ladies at the tea party appear muted to me. On the other hand, the exteriors tend to retain the vibrancy of the early technicolor process.
Overall a great improvement, but I would expect a revisit to the restoration in a few years time. Extra supplied are superb. Overall, this release is worth… Read more
The Lavender Hill Mob (60th Anniversary Edition) -&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Alec Guinness
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As Blu Ray resotorations go, this is a little disappointing, although perfectly undersatndable. I read that early in Studio Canal's ownership (when they were Lumiere) several of the Ealing negatives were destroyed in a fire whilst awaiting transfer. The print here appears to bear that out. Whilst it is very good, with the contrast levels being particulary crisp, problems such as visible . sprocket printing are obvious and the dirt and scratched left are still very noticeable. That having said, it is a wonderful film that is in the best state that i have seen it in since the late seventies and even then, i'm sure a high res source of the day would have proved me wrong. Nice to see the Mavis… Read more
They Came From Beyond Space [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Robert Hutton
They Came From Beyond Space [DVD] DVD ~ Robert Hutton
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you read all the reviews, most prior to the Autumn 2012 issue refer to numerous mainly U S releases that may or may not have been released when the film was out of copyright. I myself have been stupid enough to buy one of those titles and can only agree with the other reviewers. This Studio Canal release dating from 2012, however is a monumental increase in Video and Audio qualuty. The print is showing it's age and may never get to the stage of the Blu Ray restorations that Hammer and Ealing are receiving. That having said, this is probably the best you'll ever get. NB The last image on this print indicates it was an Embassy release, which would have been the original US distibutor… Read more