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1.0 out of 5 stars Why did they bother ????, 2 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat [Blu-ray] [1999] (Blu-ray)
So they had the chance to issue a perfect picture on Blu ray but they didnt. This is obviously a transfer from a second rate DVD , and about the only time this really looks good is in the final five minutes . At times the film looks like it was recorded behind a spotty lace curtain [ honestly thats the only way I can describe it], especially near the start when Maria Friedman is standing in front of the red school curtain.

They have not bothered to improve the colours on this film and so its looks as old as it did when first issued on DVD and so I would suggest that if you already own the DVD copy , hang on to it as this is unfortunately a complete waste of money.
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Initial post: 24 Mar 2013 22:13:05 GMT
BillyJCO says:
Finally a Blu-ray review! Thanks. Very disappointing. I love the over-the-top style and of course the music! But with the uneven sound on the DVD and the odd aspect ratio, I was hoping that the Blu-ray was a remaster, but obviously not. Sad. I guess I'll pass. I'm watching my DVD copy now and thought I'd see if was available in Blu-ray.

Posted on 4 Apr 2013 03:13:17 BDT
I also thank you for leaving a review on the Blu-Ray. I've been able to find precious little information on the Blu-Ray so far. My family loves this production and we have the DVD, but there are three big issues I hoped to see corrected on the Blu-Ray: (1) The video quality isn't great, (2) the sound goes from very quiet to very loud, requiring frequent volume adjustments up and down, and (3) the aspect ratio is very strange.

Can you tell me what the aspect ratio is for the Blu-Ray? I was hoping for a 16:9 widescreen treatment. If everything else is equal to the DVD but the film has been converted to 16:9, I'd be tempted to upgrade just for that.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2013 07:01:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Oct 2013 07:06:28 BDT
eastvillage says:
The Blu-ray takes the original aspect ratio which is wider than 4:3, but less wide than 16:9 and stretches it to 16:9 so basically it looks terrible and they really screwed up.

"Rocky Horror Picture Show" is an example of a film that has a similar hybrid ratio, though fortunately the people who program stuff of that caliber knew to make the Blu-ray so it retained the ratio inside the 16:9 output (which basically leaves a narrow vertical black bar on each side of the image.)

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2013 15:24:12 BDT
Well that's really unfortunate that they screwed it up, since it seems very unlikely that we'll see any further Blu-ray releases of this title.

Posted on 16 Jan 2014 03:38:23 GMT
LeviCoon says:
thank you!
exactly the info I needed...too bad!
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