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Poor Bluray of a Classic Film
on 18 October 2015
Westworld remains wonderful as it always has been, and seeing it now takes it out of the science fiction realm and brings it pretty close to science fact. That Michael Crichton was onto something.
But, this review is not about the film, it's about the bluray.
The PQ of this film is nearly the worst I've ever purchased on bluray. That is the sole reason why I am posting this review, as a warning to others. I have no idea what some of the other reviewers who are positive about the picture are referring to, but in my experience, the overall transfer quality if appalling. (I viewed it on a 46" screen; perhaps on a small 20" screen it looks good.)
There are a small handful of close ups which have been cleaned up and look good. Some of the more scenic vistas of Westworld look reasonable, but compare them to the vistas of Medieval World and Roman World and you're in for a shock.
For the most part, the image is soft and pasty. Yes, it is better than the VHS copy I had, but not worth a bluray purchase. I'm selling mine.
The disc comes with the aborted TV pilot of Beyond Westworld for those wondering.