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5.0 out of 5 stars Great transfer of a Hammer classic, 28 Sep 2013
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This review is from: The Brides Of Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD) [1960] (Blu-ray)
Yes, the two-to-one aspect ratio is a bit extreme, but Hammer's magnificent THE BRIDES OF DRACULA looks phenomenal anyway, and it's amazing how most of the film's compositions seem to work (the credits are framed perfectly, for example). It may not be DRACULA '58, but BRIDES scores as a brilliant Technicolor gothic in its own right, with Cushing repeating his remarkable Van Helsing characterization and David Peel an effective "teenage Dracula" of sorts. Accomplished British thespians Martita Hunt, Freda Jackson (GREAT EXPECTATIONS) and Mona Washbourne (MY FAIR LADY) contribute immeasurably to the film's air of high quality.
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Initial post: 29 Sep 2013 11:37:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Oct 2013 15:25:52 BDT
B. Kossmehl says:
If you really think the compositions work so well, have a look at the DVD to Blu-ray comparison someone did here, with Peter Cushing's head pushed to the bottom of the frame:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/19519736-post482.html

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2013 17:29:00 BDT
Frame grabs are notoriously worthless. THE BRIDES OF DRACULA transfer in question was viewed by a room of film historians, including two award-winning film restorers. Everyone agreed that a) the aspect ratio was incorrect, as mentioned, b) the compositions for the most part looked surprisingly fine, given the situation, and c) it was one of the strongest and most impressive transfers of a vintage title they had ever seen. No one is saying the chosen aspect ratio makes sense, B. Kossmehl. Only that watching this transfer overall is an absolutely breathtaking experience in spite of this mistake, and the inevitable composition problem could have been far worse.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Sep 2013 08:07:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Sep 2013 08:33:04 BDT
B. Kossmehl says:
How convenient for you to have a "room full of film historians" on hand to apparently back up your hyperbolic claims. To say that this is one of the most impressive transfer of a vintage title is a joke, considering that I have compared this to the far superior Universal DVD transfer myself. I don't have to be "a room full of film historians" to know that this is a botch job. I also have enough vintage titles on Blu-ray to know what a good transfer should look like.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Sep 2013 08:47:35 BDT
Actually, it WAS kinda convenient. And a very pleasant experience. Everyone is entitled to his opinion. Get used to it.
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