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4.0 out of 5 stars Carry On Screaming Blu ray Edition, 9 Nov 2013
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At last! A Carry On film on Blu ray! But does the transfer measure up? .......In my humble opinion, absolutely YES! This 1966 classic Hammer-horror spoof does something special for me when watching, it actually improves upon the Hammer formula by adding the 'Carry On' touch to the whole proceedings! I understand that the principal writer of the Carry On films at this period of time, Talbot Rothwell, personally suggested the idea for this film, and I think it shows in his incredible script. So what about Studio Canal's all important transfer? I viewed the film on a 40" TV, at the correct screen ratio, it was a satisfying experience, the 1080p were ably demonstrated throughout the films running time. I also have the 'Standard Definition' version of this film in my collection, and did a side-by-side comparison of each version. The early scenes featuring Jim Dale and Angela Douglas in Hocombe Woods, were noticeably soft in the SD version, but improved upon greatly in the new Blu ray release, although I felt, and this is only my opinion, that the same print source may have been deployed by Studio Canal for both versions, albeit with a genuine 1080p transfer! In conclusion; a rewarding experience, and a great choice for the first Carry On on Blu ray! I do hope Studio Canal decide to release more of the series in wonderful 1080p! In closing, just a small detail regarding the roman numerals at the start of the films' titles. Was it an in-joke? .....Surely the titles should have read MCMLXVI (1966) Whereas on the razor-sharp Blu ray version, I could see that they were,in fact, MCMXVI (1916!) An intentional joke or an error?
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Initial post: 20 Dec 2013 12:46:49 GMT
MARK C. BALE says:
Interesting, as two different SD versions were released, the original from Warner Home video was the barebones DVD and offered a far superior picture transfer to the later special edition DVD.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2013 15:49:11 GMT
Hi Mark, I'm sometimes frustrated at how many versions of any particular film are actually available, yet not immediately apparent through the various sales outlets like HMV or Amazon etc. If I think about it, the Warner label and others seem to hold various rights to these films, yes? Anyway, I have my SD version on hand, and it's the Studio Canal 'Optimumreleasing.com' version, if this makes any sense. I don't think it's the special edition, it does appear to be the barebones version. The picture quality appears soft and muddy ONLY in the opening scene in the woods with Jim Dale and Angela Douglas, thereafter being quite satisfactory in appearance. I hope this may add light to any puzzlement you may have felt towards my review.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2013 13:06:39 GMT
HI . . . please can you tell me if there is an audio commentary and who is doing it ?
Thanks for a great review.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2013 13:52:30 GMT
Hello Christopher, as Mark has made it apparent that Warner also hold or release this title, I would just like to clarify that Studio Canal is the label on both my SD and BD releases, with that in mind, Yes! there is an audio commentary on my Standard Definition and Blu ray discs, both identical, (of course!) with Angela Douglas and Fenella Fielding. Hope this helps! JAB.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2013 16:23:48 GMT
Thanks for your help.
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