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4.0 out of 5 stars How's it compare to Criterion?, 27 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Charade: A Beautiful New Restoration (Dual Format Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD] (Blu-ray)
"Charade" Blu-ray + DVD (Park Circus). Well, I've only compared the new DVD R2 by Park Circus and the the DVD R1 by Criterion, but, at least, they are a different transfer. The grain is less intrusive in the Park Circus, but apparently this is not due to DNR but to a different color coding and generally brighter image, which masks some of the grain. So, the Criterion DVD looks darker. Unfortunately, the Park Circus brightness also masks some of the detail in the faces: Audrey's pinkish glow, witch bothered some people in the resent "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Blu-ray, gets enchanced (the clothes, however, have fine detail). This is partly due to the source material and the original style of the period - "soft focus" was used to compliment the actors star quality.

In my opinion the Criterion DVD looks more natural than the Park Circus DVD, so perhaps Criterions Blu-ray (region A only) is just a little bit stronger, too? Notice also, that if you already own the Criterion standard definition DVD, the upgrade to high definition is not a great leap. However, if you have only seen "Charade" on tv or on one of those horrible public domain DVDs, you will be simply delighted with the Park Circus Blu-ray. So, nice work from the British company with good image presentation. Minus points for the lack of substancial extras or any subs. At least English subs would be welcomed in the European market, as many of us understand written English better than spoken English and are not used to following lenghty dialoque-scenes without some support from subtitles.
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Initial post: 30 Oct 2011 10:06:51 GMT
Robin says:
Although it is certainly true that Charade was issued on several public domain DVDs of poor quality, it should be remembered that Universal also released a DVD of very high quality. I'm not sure if it is worth my while and money to buy this Blu-ray disc and unfortunately your review has not helped me make a decision.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2011 10:58:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Oct 2011 10:59:56 GMT
Krokfors says:
Now, here's something to confuse you even more (it did me) - a comparinson between standard definition DVD's of Charade by Universal and Criterion: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdcompare/charade.htm.

Apparently the slight problem with the Universal DVD is an overall faded look and the slight problem with the Criterion DVD is the crushed blacks (Cary's dark suit and Audrey's navy blue dress look like one inky mass). Neither is a problem with Park Circus blu-ray, which also lacks every last bit of speckle that wasn't cleaned out in earlier transfers. Now you can also see more of night scenes compared to the Criterion DVD, which used heavy blacks to boost the contrast.

Having seen the best available DVD (Criterion) and the only Region B Blu-ray (Circus Park), I'm still not sure if upgrading my Charade was "worth the money", as you put it. But an upgrade it is. Sorry I couldn't be more helpfull.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2012 10:21:22 GMT
You were very helpful. Thank you. I ordered a copy of the Park Circus blu-ray.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2012 16:12:11 BDT
Speedigee says:
Fear not, Folks. I owned a Sunday Express freebie which was awful. I have now bought this dual pack Blu-ray/DVD and they are both superb - the blu-ray being marginally better than the DVD. There's not much in the way of extras, just a theatrical trailer and a photo gallery.
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