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Great film, Blu-ray not so great,
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This review is from: Captain Clegg (Night Creatures) (1962) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Captain Clegg is one of my favourite Hammer films. Stellar performances by Peter Cushing, Michael Ripper and Oliver Reed and a genuine setting make a very entertaining mixture.
The Blu-ray however is a mixed bag. Positive for sure are the interesting extras. Sadly there is no audio commentary. Also the sound is very good. The picture quality however is not convincing. This an old Universal transfer with visible traces of DNR and electronic tampering. Sharpness and detail are pretty low, colors are OK. There is some digital noise present, especially in the dark scenes. The original English title has been computer generated and embossed into the title card. Because of this the title card features some strange noise which even covers the black blanking areas of the windowboxed credit sequence. After the credit sequence the film's aspect ratio changes to something like 2.00:1 which indicates this transfer was originally made from the US version called Night Creatures.
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Initial post: 28 Jun 2014 14:30:07 BDT
J Bern says:
All valid criticisms & and there's more.
The film is not 1080p per the BD cover info, it's 1080i / 50 hz and runs under 79 minutes ( it's sped up 4% ), not the correct 82 minutes as found on the DVD.
Boycott this addition to the ever growing list of flawed Hammer Blu Rays.
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2014 20:56:17 BDT
Kelly Way says:
Yes, definitely 1080i and most definitely sharpened and rescaled and most obviously struck from the master created for an analogue 480 environment. It's very jittery and loaded with digital artifacts on my 70" Aquos.
Posted on 3 Jul 2014 13:05:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jul 2014 13:07:08 BDT
It isn't the 1st time Final Cut have screwed a Hammer release. Their reputation will get around, so people like me won't pre-order, or order at all unless there is proof-positive in the reviews. I've been a Hammer fan for 45 years and I won't be getting this. It's better if unreliable companies bow out and we wait a few more years until a resourceful company puts out releases that make blu-ray a worthwhile expense. As it stands, every time a bum company puts out a low-rent Hammer release, it knocks back the chances of a quality release by +10 years. What a bad sign of cowboy operators when you can't even trust the technical specs on the blu-ray case.
Posted on 3 Jul 2014 13:10:48 BDT
Final Cut should have issued this blu-ray instead:
Carry On Cowboy  [Blu-ray]
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2014 02:40:06 BDT
R. Shore says:
Yep the continuing mess that's called Hammer blu-rays is getting beyond a joke. Criterion and Arrow do fantastic results with rare and obscure films yet one of the most iconic film series in British film history is treated with utter contempt.
Posted on 13 Jul 2014 10:54:04 BDT
Adrian Drew says:
Thank you for a very useful review. Goodness knows what idiot gave you a negative vote. The faster Amazon does away with negative voting the better. Your review is exactly what we need - it's about the product on offer - not the film itself.... I wish people would realise that!
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