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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Blu-ray film package so far?, 5 Jun 2008
This review is from: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I'm a recent convert to Blu-ray, but so far have been a little disapointed with the film catalogue available, as the technology has been available for a couple of years now. However, this disc is an exception to that problem.

To start with, there's not much that needs to be said about the film itself that hasn't already been said, and most people must have seen a version or two by now, so I'll concentrate on the BR release.

To start with this is better value than most BR releases to date price-wise, and the main film disc is well presented and neatly put together. The animated menus are stylish, easy to use & neat. But what is a bigger surprise is just how much you get for your money. The package includes all 3 versions of Close Encounters, and all 3 are seamlessly put together on one disc. Also, you can select a menu which highlights every minute difference between all 3 while you watch, for real Close Encounter buffs.

The biggest shock of all is the second disc though. Normaly the extras tend to be a little cut-price on Blu-Ray, with a cheaper SD DVD second disc. So I was a little shocked to find the extras disc seems to be full HD BR too, running at 1080 (for me). Not only that, but for very lucky people with a better HD television, this release is recorded at very high-def 1920*1080. I'n not even sure if my PS3 can handle that resolution, but my TV certainly can't. No matter though as picture and sound are generaly good, but to be fair the film shows it's age slightly in darker night shots, with a little graining sometimes.

But overall, even without the cheaper price, this is easily the best value BR release I have seen to date. I just hope we can get more releases of this quality, and soon.
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Initial post: 12 Jun 2008 05:45:29 BDT
HGG says:
Dear Mr Baggley -

Don't sweat the resolution issues - the 1080 lines are the horizontal ones so your 1080 display (assuming that is what you have) does have the 1920 vertical "lines" required to give you full native resolution on the screen.

Cheers!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2008 18:33:40 BDT
Yes ok, but my tv 'only' goes up to about 1100 by 1380 (ish), some arbitrary figure like that. I thought most BR discs were at 1080*720, but there are a few on 1920*1080. This is without doubt a big step up again, but I think only Close Encounters & a few of the documentaries go up this far? I don't even know if the PS3 goes that far, isn't it just to 1080*720?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2009 11:15:23 GMT
simion_levi says:
No, most (all?) BR discs will be 1080p (1920*1080) and I imagine every BR player made is 1080p capable (PS3 certainly is).

Your TV only does 720p (i.e. with whole screen refreshed simultaneously) so will downscale to that resolution. Alternatively with a 720p set, you can run 1080i [interlaced] which will refresh half of the screen at a time. You are right that your TV is not giving you the full potential of HD material, but your BR discs and player are certainly capable.

Posted on 14 Jul 2014 13:09:11 BDT
P.J. Arnold says:
Hi folks, need your help, just bought the BluRay version special edition and sadly it does not have the poster insert of the View from Above Timeline of the feature differences, which I would love to see. Is it possible one of you could scan it and email it to me at mrparnold@hotmail.co.uk?
Thanks very much for your kind and considerate attention.
All the best, Peter.
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