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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding HD transfer for an outstanding movie (Blu ray review), 20 Feb 2013
This review is from: Cabaret [Blu-ray] [1972] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
Little can be said about "Cabaret" as a movie that has not already been said. It transcended the musical genre and changed it forever. It is moving, profoundly human, socially and politically aware, and also a terrific piece of entertainment that can be enjoyed over and over. I was sort of worried about the HD restoration and transfer for this blu-ray edition. It had been talked about and postponed for some 3 years now, and, knowing that it was shot with a completely intended soft look, I was afraid that it was digitally over-treated (yes, I had "Out of Africa", "Gladiator" and other Universal disasters in mind). Well, nothing of that sort, on the very contrary; the restoration and the transfer are flawless, totally respecting the soft colors, low contrast, even hue and darkness. Its understated, timeless look is all there. Everything is seen as it was originally intended to be seen, incluing the beautiful celulloid grain (yes, it is there, thanks WB). No signs of DNR or artificial compression at all, so all the small details in the negative are there; the colors are not artificially oversaturated, the contrast is not boosted, and the sound is expanded without being overdone either. A perfect restoration and transfer that totally respect the view of the director and cinematographer. It is so fresh that it feels like seeing the movie for the first time. Can't be better, honestly. I do intend to enjoy this blu ray many times in the future. Unmissable, especially if you like the movie. And if you don't..it's about time you give it another chance.
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Initial post: 21 Feb 2014 15:03:18 GMT
Paul Wilcox says:
although stated as region a/1, is thi blu ray region free. A lot of these digibooks have been before. Nice review...

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2014 22:16:33 GMT
Yes, it is region free, I forgot to mention, thanks for the tip. This is a wonderful movie, glad to know you like it too. This digibook is the best blu-ray edition of it so far. Enjoy it!!
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