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This review is from: Battle of Britain [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I have to admit to being terribly disappointed with this version. I already own an old VHS copy and the excellent DVD Special Edition and I had high hopes of this Blu-ray version being a significant improvement. How wrong I was, this version is grainy, slightly cropped with poor colour registration and with little more detial that on the DVD. It has none of the special features from the DVD release and no alternate soundtrack with the William Walton score. In fact, it has NO special features of any kind. There is also a very annoyong subtitle that appears at odd times that cannot be removed.
This film is badly in need of a full restoration to show up the details of the original release, instead we have a badly presented, poor quality version that is best avoided. If you want a good copy of this film, stick to the DVD.
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Initial post: 21 Mar 2011 01:14:21 GMT
Thanks for the warning- Blu Ray should never be a backward step. Sorry you've been landed with a lemon though.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2011 20:42:26 BDT
Ka Thomas says:
Yes, thanks for the heads up. I will buy the DVD instead.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2011 12:24:16 BDT
Hope you've managed to get the dvd. Watched it again yesterday, and had the handkerchief out (again). At the time of writing one of the Red Arrow air display pilots has just been killed and there's an added poignancy to it as I am reminded of those whose lives are on the line for the protection of our nations (and that isn't a spelling mistake because it applies to any democratic nation).
Posted on 2 May 2012 23:15:41 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 May 2012 10:37:49 BDT
Richard D. Browne says:
Thanks for this review and info. I have a blu-ray player but purchased the DVD Special Edition so have all the extra's but not the apparently undo-able subtitles saying the film was called Battle of Britain and the pub was called the Jackdaw ! My player upscales the SD picture well and I apply some P-NR
SD/Blu-ray comparison screencaps can be seen here
Blu-ray's colour palette looks slightly different but very little difference in definition if any
UPDATE: Have now purchased the french edition of this blu-ray from www.amazon.fr which will play on UK BD players (Region 2). Language is english and english subtitles is an option. Picture and lossless HD sound upgrade from DVD is noticable and NO annoying subtitles !! Still no extra's but I have my DVD Special Edition for them. Edition apt as movie starts off in France - title translated is La Bataille d'Angleterre
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2012 19:07:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Oct 2012 19:08:32 BDT
J. McDonald says:
Thanks for posting that link Richard. For the life of me, I can see no appreciable difference between the HD and SD versions. I suspect that the blu-ray has been taken from a high-band tape master with some DNR added and then some poor quality upscaling. There's loads of dot crawl which would not be present in a direct, film to BD digital recording and there is no increase in colour depth. There's a powerful smell of ripoff here!!!! Well it is Fox after all.....
Posted on 16 Apr 2013 01:38:54 BDT
Avie L. Hern says:
More, beyond the indispensable William Walton score on the alternative audio track, the Blu-ray is devoid of the bonus features offered on the 2-disc DVD.
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