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1.0 out of 5 stars What are Universal and the BFI up to????, 16 April 2013
This review is from: Citizen Kane [Blu-ray] [1941] (Blu-ray)
Amazon have done their worse with most of the reviews in this page. Most of the positive ones refer to the excellent two disc DVD NOT the appalling Blu Ray actually for sale whose quality is far inferior to the DVD! What on earth are UNIVERSAL up to releasing this poor, flicker filled, faded and scratched print on HD! It should be withdrawn and burned! The documentary on the disc concerned with the "restoration" of the BFI source material, although interesting, shoots the company in the foot, as the end result is terrible! I have never previously seen such poor contrast ratios or weak black levels on a DVD let alone a "restored" blu ray. Shame on both Universal and the BFI for allowing such a release to go ahead! Buy the Warner release - which is far far better - but if you have the earlier two disc Universal DVD, you might not even need to do that! The only good news is that the audio/radio extracts on this blu ray are good - but they were already on the older DVD too. There have been numerous complaints about several Universal Blu Ray releases (ie a couple in the Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection are very poor for example) so surely the time has come for this company to look more carefully at the quality control of it's transfers and not distribute such sub-standard releases as this shocker!
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Initial post: 14 Jun 2013 08:03:28 BDT
blueskies says:
Agreed; Universal had to re-release Casablanca and Out of Africa - superb they were too - but to do this with Citizen Kane defies belief. Then Warner had left the UK door open and Universal jumped in.
I am disgusted and haven't even bothered to go beyond 25 mins before ejecting.

Posted on 4 Aug 2013 10:11:35 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2013 12:09:46 BDT
Adrian Drew says:
Ooo - you are a one Normar G.
Still I hope "Bottle Boys" had a better transfer than C.K. has on this Universal disk!
A.D.
Ps - your note did make me smile on a rather muggy Sunday morning.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2013 10:38:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Aug 2013 10:42:05 BDT
Adrian, I regret to inform you that the hitherto unsurpassed 'Bottle Boys' ISN'T EVEN AVAILABLE on DVD! I might have said that you should be grateful that 'Kane' is out there AT ALL(!), but as my favourite flick is also only available in a compromised Blu-ray edition, (-In this instance; Incorrect screen ratio) I sympathize greatly with your frustration.
Best wishes, Nomar

Posted on 1 Jan 2014 12:49:44 GMT
Adrain

I so agree with all you say, I have to say it is very frustrating A) the way Amazon, put together the reviews for blu-rays and DVD's together which is very confusing. B) I was amazed at the poor quality of Marnie and in the end sold it, that was a Universal release. I have recently bought the Blu -ray of a Dr Who story spearhead from space originally shot on 16mm film, to say the restoration work was amazing is an under statement, but it proves what can be achieved, when film companies want to. i thank you for your review as I won't waste my money replacing the DVD.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2014 12:55:52 GMT
Adrian Drew says:
Thank you for your note. There are too many companies - most particularly Universal - who really are not devoting the money or expertise required to their "restoration" work and potentially too many customers who just accept the sub-standard releases. It's all very disappointing!
Good wishes,
A.
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