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Blu Ray Review,
This review is from: Lifeforce Blu-ray [Limited Edition Steelbook] (Blu-ray)
Lifeforce has always divided it's audience since it's release. Indeed anyone trying to create a film of Colin Wilson's "philosophical" novel "The Space Vampires" was going to be in for a tough time - let alone Tobe Hooper whose reputation was built on schlock horror. That said, the film certainly has its followers and if you are one of them this new blu ray will delight you. If you are not - well - however good the transfer, this rather dated tale of "sexy" "vampires" on the loose in London won't appeal!
So what I'm reviewing is the quality of the blu ray on offer, here is my take on the technical spec. of the new disc.
Arrow offers a fine AVC encoded 1080p transfer in an expansive 2.35:1. format in which Hooper oversaw both the restoration and transfer. The results far exceed the old SD version and is even an improvement on the Shout (Scream Factory) US release as it puts both versions ( ie the Theatrical and International versions) on their own separate disc and have cleaned up the prints even more thoroughly than the impressive American edition.
The colour, definition and contrast are all massively improved from the old DVD, particularly in the final part of the film which is shot in darkness. There is no evidence of digital messing around either so that clear, but unobtrusive, grain remains. Any softness - and there is some - I'm sure comes from the source material.
There is a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and a 2.0 track. The 5.1 track provides some stunning immersive effects and does full justice to both the dialogue and Henry Mancini's (very untypical) score.
Of the two versions the International works best for me as at 116 minutes ( not 106 as is said on the insert material) it has more clarity and logic and you get to hear the complete Mancini score without the orchestral interpolations from another hand you have on the general release print.
Undoubtedly both spectacular and sexually explicit, this horror romp - vaguely reminiscent of Nigel Kneal meets Paul Raymond - won't please everyone, but few can disagree over the excellent quality of these two new transfers and the extensive and impressive extras on offer too!
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Initial post: 27 Oct 2013 13:13:39 GMT
G. A. Holohan says:
I was really worried about Arrow, releasing this after the mess up on Zombie Flesh Eaters [Blu-ray Steelbook] however relieved when I saw what a good transfer was done.
Arrow are good for releasing forgotten classics.
Posted on 12 Nov 2013 05:01:11 GMT
Bruce Moffatt says:
I was wondering if you can confirm that this is locked region B? I'm in Australia and desperately want to pick this up...
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2013 06:28:57 GMT
Adrian Drew says:
I'm afraid it is. Well all the major sites say that (Criterion Forum etc etc). Sorry about that as it's a great transfer and to have the much more coherent uncut version is a great advantage. I have a hi-def projection system and invested in a multi-region Oppo which, although not cheap, means I'm free from the irritating problem of regional coading. Sorry I couldn't be of any greater help
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2013 00:13:27 GMT
Bruce Moffatt says:
Hi Adrian, and thanks for the reply. I only just came to the realisation that the UK and Australia are both region B, so I placed an order for the BR. I can't wait to watch it. Lifeforce is one of my guilty pleasure movies... So bad that it's good. The reviews for this release have been very favourable overall.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2014 10:30:39 GMT
J. Campbell says:
Correct. It's been a godsend getting any Blu-ray from Amazon.co.uk and just knowing that they will play in Sydney. (I've also built up a pretty good data base of studios that pretend to, but don't, regionally encode BR)
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