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1.0 out of 5 stars Fox's Contempt for UK Customers, 12 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Patton [Blu-ray] [1970] (Blu-ray)
Patton was released on blu-ray in the US around 5 years ago. The disc received huge criticism from internet reviewers for it's waxy faces, excessive noise reduction, unnatural look and total absence of grain. Fox in the US took this on board and remastered it last year to the approval of just about everybody who saw it, who saw huge improvements with a natural, film-like appearance. When the film was announced for a UK release in 2013, I naturally assumed that we would get the new version, why would Fox issue a discredited 5 year old master of the film when it has a new universally praised version available?

I was wrong, this is the old version, which Fox in the US saw fit to remaster and reissue, but we in the UK are apparently not worthy of viewing the fixed version. Frankly this is disgusting by Fox, who seem to think it's OK to knowingly release inferior product. Avoid this disc. Unfortunately, the corrected US version is coded Region A only, so must of us won't be able to view it, so I suggest anyone interested in getting the best available release of this film gets in touch with Fox directly and gives them a bit of good honest feedback about this release.

It's a terrific film, but Fox's shabby behaviour means this is a one star product.
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Initial post: 13 Jun 2013 13:37:36 BDT
That was my assumption as well and I was rather sad to see the old transfer on this disc - again! As you already stated: Something outdated and apparently deemed wrong and an inferior product by Fox themselves

Posted on 19 Jun 2013 10:38:30 BDT
Al Baker says:
Quite right, a disgraceful decision to release a flawed product. I e-mailed Fox to complain (no reply) and sent mine back for a refund.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2013 09:16:33 BDT
I emailed Fox and did get a reply.

"The Patton release is the original transfer, as this is the only Blu-ray master available to the international market."

I replied to that asking why the improved version isn't available, I'm yet to get a response to that.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2013 20:28:56 BDT
Read: "We are one of those companies that think only USA is a big market. See ya later suckaz!!!"

Posted on 7 Jul 2013 01:58:45 BDT
Bedinog says:
This is a real disappointment and it seems a pointless exercise to upgrade to blu-ray.
Sadly the frustration is likely to remain as these distributors do consider the USA is the only market- even then a lot of rubbish gets foisted on our Transatlantic friends.
We also have to consider whether the whole thing is just a progressive rip-off with the latest US version turning up in a couple of years time, encouraging people to shell out again.
Let's be honest, blu-ray generally has been a spoon-feeding exercise since its inception-how many times has there been complaint about poor/no restoration, no extras, in fact less than what was available on standard DVD issue, only to find progressive issues of blu-ray with a bit more added. Or am I just being cynical?

Posted on 15 Jul 2013 20:06:32 BDT
D Howard says:
Thanks for the heads up... If you had never seen the film in any format would you buy this blu-ray? I don't watch normal DVD's. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2013 14:15:03 BDT
In this case I would suggest you do get the DVD - it's about 10 cheaper and will look better on your TV in many ways than this blu-ray, which looks like somebody turned the digital noise reduction on the TV up to maximum.

Posted on 2 Nov 2013 11:21:54 GMT
Not only is it the crap transfer, but it's missing the extras from the US two-disc edition.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Nov 2013 02:02:01 GMT
Bedinog says:
As usual Trevor, we can rely on your accurate judgement.
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