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2.0 out of 5 stars Beware - Universal's done it again!, 11 Sep 2013
This review is from: Marnie [Blu-ray] [1964] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
This is a truly weak transfer which has already been issued as part of the Hitchcock blu ray set and now comes out as a single disc. As it's one of my favourite movies I really could not believe the low quality they have achieved. Along side "Family Plot" (which was DNR'd out of it's mind to produce living waxwoks) it is by far the most shoddy disc in the set and I'm sure it's what they are going to release now too. The colour is not good and the black levels are disappointing. Although the definition is fair the grain swarms around like angry bees and is a constant distraction particularly on very large screens or video projection. My SD DVD copy is infinitely better on all counts and I really cannot understand what Universal is up to! Just check out their transfer of "Citizen Kane" ( as against the excellent Warner version) and their recent "remastered" version of "Cats" to see just how poor this major company can be. I'd stick with your DVD version if I were you! Even on big screen video projection it screens far better than this mess and my views are echoed by all the major blu ray reviewers.
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In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jan 2014 10:52:51 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jan 2014 06:32:54 GMT
Adrian Drew says:
What I wrote was based on the disc I had in the box set which was exactly the same transfer issued as the subsequent "stand alone" disc. Knowing this I wished to alert potential purchasers to the inherent problems with the transfer. I was not going to purchase the disc again as it was clear that there was not going to be additional restoration work done in the short time between the releases - a matter of weeks. It was clear to everyone that the "stand alone" disk would definitely and unquestionably be the same transfer. The only difference being the packaging! Every website and review of this shoddy transfer has echoed my thoughts - it is NOT good and I feel it is useful to have alerted potential customers to this and not be held back by the ludicrous semantics of attacks such as your own. I reviewed the disc for sale. I owned the disc in question even if it was not in the re-issue packaging!

Posted on 16 Feb 2014 21:19:28 GMT
Adrain, you are right with everything you say here, I bought this without reading your review. I received the disc, watched 10 minutes was so angry I sent it back. The transfer was worse than a poor video copy. This is the same as the box set as you say. I hope someone from universal reads the reviews and does something about it. Thanks for the review

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2014 21:36:25 GMT
Adrian Drew says:
Thank you for your comments. I'm glad that you can see why I wrote my thoughts despite the attack I received for having done so. I really cannot understand how Universal have put out such a sub-standard transfer of this movie.
Good wishes,
A.
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