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4.0 out of 5 stars Comments on Blu Ray QUality, 5 July 2009
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This review is from: The Ipcress File [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I won't comment on the actual film as hopefully all readers here will already know how good it is. So restricting myself to a Blu Ray vs DVD (Network DVD 2 Disc version) comparison is the Blu Ray an improvement ? Well watching on a 50" Plasma and also on a 26" LCD the BD picture improvement over the DVD was clear from the start. Specifically the Blu Ray is far clearer, far less fuzzy with far more detail. In addition the DVD seems artificially too bright in comparison seemingly being flooded with white light. The Blu Ray also gives you a wider picture - by that I mean it has more of the image either side than the same scene on the DVD does. eg near the beginning of the film in the railway station or in the railway carriage you can see more of the station or the inside of the carriage. To do this review I did a side by side comparison of the DVD and Blu Ray and froze certain scenes and flicked between them. However the Blu Ray is of course not reference quality, does not have the 3D "pop factor" of modern films. But then you would not expect that. Nor has it had the attention lavished on it that say similarly aged films like Dr No or From Russia With Love have. Again not being as popular with the masses you again would not expect the same amount of money to have been spent on the remastering process. What you can say for sure is the film has never looked better since the original cinema release. It is a big step up from the DVD and if you enjoy the film well worth upgrading to. What perhaps is a disappointment is none of the extras from the Network DVD have been carried over. A real shame. But as for me extras are not really that important I was still pleased with this Blu Ray.
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Initial post: 27 Nov 2011 09:31:30 GMT
Ka Thomas says:
Very informative and helpful review Max.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2012 05:03:35 GMT
Mr. N Neal says:
I totally agree.

Posted on 2 Aug 2014 13:31:05 BDT
johngerard says:
Remember also, it was shot in Techniscope, an 'El Cheapo' widescreen process, which cut film costs in half. What the director was able to do was get two frames into each normal 35mm frame, shooting flat without spherical lenses. The downside is you get half the detail per frame of something shot in Panavision/Cinemascope.

Posted on 21 Dec 2014 17:40:39 GMT
Very informative review. Thanks.
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