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3.0 out of 5 stars better than the DVD, but disappointing, 22 Oct 2009
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This review is from: The 39 Steps: Special Edition [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The transfer is a step up from the previous Carlton/Granada/ITV DVD releases and more detail is visible in the image. However, the film desperately needs restoration work and a transfer with better quality contrast. If you don't own the film on DVD at all, then this Bluray is worth considering, but don't expect a reference quality transfer.

If you own the Criterion DVD, then you're probably not going to notice much difference between the ITV Bluray and that DVD upscaled. Plus, the Criterion transfer has much better contrast.

In terms of extras, you get:
- audio commentary from Marian Keane (from the Criterion DVD)
- "Hitchcock: The Early Years" documentary
- short "On Location" ITV programme, with Robert Powell
- stills, on set photos, posters & publicity

Overall, a disappointing release of a early Hitchcock masterpiece.
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Initial post: 24 Sep 2011 03:02:21 BDT
I can't believe how bad this BR disc is. Mine is now a talking point as a coaster on my coffee table. WHERE EAGLES DARE is a pretty close second.

Posted on 27 Sep 2011 01:01:39 BDT
How can you even think of telling people to consider this on blu ray as this should never have been put out for sale. Everybody be warned, this transfer is disgusting. David, disappointing is not the word to use here disgusting is. My copy is a coaster in our shop to warn people how bad this is. Worse than WHERE EAGLES DARE transfer or lack of it.
Steve
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