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Blu Review 8 - Deliverance
on 31 May 2010
Deliverance Blu Ray Review - 31.05.10
Distributor Warner Home Video US - Not region locked.
Did you ever get the urge to go out exploring miles away from home in unfamiliar territories?
If you answered no to the above question, then you have probably seen this movie, which should be enough to put off even the most adventurous among us. If you can remember a pretty obscure one time video nasty called Don't go in the Woods Alone, well that's the title that really should have applied to Deliverance, except in this case, they really shouldn't have even got out of the vehicles alone, never mind going anywhere near the woods.
The sheer amount of suspense created in this film, makes it a must see title, but considering that there are little or no special effects and the whole story is mainly character driven, does it actually make for an essential Blu ray release?
First off we are presented with a 1080p 2.4:1 non anamorphic transfer, so people who dislike the thick black bars at the top and bottom of the screen should beware. On a 32" LCD screen the available picture did seem rather slim, although gloriously wide, showing the full intended width of the picture. The actual transfer itself does look somewhat grainy in places, again this either will or won't be an issue depending on your own personal tastes. It does however appear to be free from print damage which is always a good sign, although at some points during the film I did find that the transfer seems a little faded from time to time. Overall the transfer presented here is better than the DVD, but is it a mile away from it? I'm not sure that it is.
The audio for this Blu ray is clear presented in 5.1, although again not in any way spectacular and it did seem to be necessary to turn the volume up quite high which thankfully then did not become distorted.
The Special Features improve this release which includes the 35th anniversary documentary, directors commentary and vintage featurette however these were previously available on the recent special edition DVD release.
With some older titles, you can sometimes really be surprised with how impressive the transfer
or audio presented can be and perhaps it's a case of being slightly over critical considering the age of the film and original elements etc.. but it is nice that when you purchase a Blu ray, the first thing you notice is how much better the transfer looks. Sadly this wasn't the case here as although the print was relatively problem free it just wasn't stunning.
That being said, this release is already a "special edition" so I can't see any new versions materialising any time soon and even if they did, would they actually look any better?
I highly doubt it.
So for fans of the film that want it specifically on Blu ray, try not to expect too much and you should enjoy the presentation. If however you already have the special edition DVD then you may be better to wait for this one to be on special offer before upgrading.
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