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Really Great Transfer,
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This review is from: A Bay of Blood [Blu-ray] [DVD] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)OK ... I'd been completely put off this release after seeing various stills and reviews of this that said it had had the colours drained out of the transfer ... And the screencaps did back that up ... But the other day I borrowed it off a mate to have a look for myself
Now I'm sure a lot of people on here are going to expect me to lay into Arrow as I have done with a lot of their releases that I have found lacking, some of them seriously, but the fact is, this is one of the best transfers of an older film I've seen !!!
It looks better than it looked when I've seen it in the cinema ... And the colours are not drained like in the screen caps I've seen online ... I have noticed this before ... There can be a problem with grabbing stills from BluRays that don't give a true representation of the quality of the transfer at all
Now this does not mean that I am going to change my views on any of the other problems I have with Arrow releases ... I haven't got round to watching the Italian cut as yet so can't comment on that, but the English version is spot on and couldn't be bettered I don't think ... And well worth an upgrade for anyone who likes the film
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Initial post: 17 Apr 2011 14:23:53 BDT
I promptly sold my blu ray of this.
The dull colours make it look like all the life has been sucked out of the film.
I much prefer the dvd in the Bava box set to be honest.
Here's looking forward to the Blue-Underground Blu-Ray. At least we know they'll make a good job of it.
Posted on 22 Apr 2011 08:08:12 BDT
I find myself agreeing with you boyd!
The color is muted but nowhere near as bad as has been made out. I own the anchor bay edition in the boxset, and no one seems to mention the sound quality is total rubbish, here arrow have provided a much better audio track that represents the film much better. The italian cut on the disc represents the 'true' color scheme of the film and their isn't actually that much difference between the hd/the anchor bay/italian cuts, not enough to warrent the level of abuse the release has been getting. Blu-undergound will use the same print if they ever release this stateside, and maybe they'll find a way to master the print in hi-def where the color stays the same as the anchor bay disc, but as you know its the pitfall of being a genre fan, theres always a better version round the corner!
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2011 09:35:46 BDT
You truly are "Pro-Arrow" aren't you.
I was excited to say the least when I picked this up. Popped it in the machine, watched about 15 minutes and took it out and watched the dvd instead.
Posted on 22 Apr 2011 09:43:36 BDT
"And the colours are not drained like in the screen caps I've seen online"
maybe the colour on your tv is turned up too high. The washed out look was blatantly visible when I put it on.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2011 12:15:43 BDT
Thomas B. Walters says:
As an alternative to that ... Maybe your settings are too low ... Try turning it up and you may be more satisfied ... I find I often change settings for different disks ... And as for being Pro Arrow :)))) ... I think that man needs to read through all my reviews ... I'm anything but Pro Arrow
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2011 13:48:01 BDT
I called K Arts "Pro Arrow", not yourself ;)
My settings are fine btw.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2011 17:11:38 BDT
hmm..... pro arrow, mainly pro this disc, me and boyd have had our disagreements for sure, but for me the arrow release if totally fine. AS I said, the sound quality on the anchor bay disc is awful, really quiet too a level I have to turn the sound up and then it comes across a littly 'hissy' for want of a better word some scenes looked vague and a bit blurry on my telly even through a multi-region upscaleing dvd, and the previous twitch of the death nerve wasnt mutch cop either but I made do, but Arrows disc not only looks much sharper than the AB one, it sounds much better too, and boyd is right the screengrabs dont really do the arrow disc any justice at all. The color scheme is not even half as bad as has been made out... as I said, perhaps BU will trump them for quality, who knows.
For Mr walters here to be saying he liked it is no mean feat, just check out his reviews so far!
Perhaps its like you said, and my 32" hi-def telly just isn't showing the 'faults' well thats fine by me cause it looks great to me.
ps... you have talked me round in regardas to bird with the crystal plumage, I cannot fathom how 2.0 widescreen can do it any justice, so i'll be sticking to my BU disc for that one and waiting for tenebrae which looks like a much better release.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2011 00:13:52 BDT
Glad you've seen the light regarding Bird ;)
I think there is a lesson for us all to learn regarding these releases.
Be patient and wait to see what's best as it seems to me BU and Arrow will (and have) release the same films a lot of the time.
I for one am sick of having to replace discs as new as these with other editions.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2011 08:16:25 BDT
Well the Deep red disc BU is putting out seems exactly the same looking at the product discription online, Vamp is supurb (so long as you actually like the film) Tenebrae looks to be a decent release as well with another kim newman and allan jones commentary as well as the euro-commentary, and seeing as these DNR issues dont seem to make any impact on my setup i'll still be buying arrow. Their also putting out Beyond re-animator fully uncut (though I wont buy the fantastic factory boxset as romasanta and Faust were dreadful) and savage streets. I'm waiting and seing on the demons releases as I have the uk box Demons (Special Edition Box Set) [DVD]  with an interesting bonus disc full of extras. As for bird, well I looked at the growing back catalouge of shameless stuff I need, as well as their forthcoming releases and realised with that version of bird my money was better spent elsewhere. The new york ripper is still going to be cut on their fothcoming blu-ray, but will incorporate scenes not found in any other print, Cannibal holocaust has got through with minimal cuts and is getting totally re-edited by ruggero deodoto himself! Apparently he was never fully satisfied with the previous releases of the film! Both these versions are getting bought as well, so my poor wallett is suffering enough and I already own Blu-undergrounds bird anyway so don't see the point.
Also Code red are getting back into the game! They just released rituals stateside and thats getting my cash immediately, their a supurb company.
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