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Epic showcase for blu-ray,
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This is the review I would have liked before buying this blu-ray title. I was put off by the "Blu-ray/Upscale Comparison" review but wanted the disk so much I took the risk.
I do not understand how that reviewer could detect "little difference" between the blu-ray and DVD versions. Upscaling cannot produce detail which is not in the video signal, only interpolate to make the picture smoother.
Ghandi benefits from high definition detail in a variety of types of scene:
1) Close-ups of actors faces when delivering great performances. This movie is an epic and was a phenomenon in its time. Its 8 oscars are an indication that it wasn't just because of its historical importance - there are some great performances. High definition really brings this to life: you see every strand of hair and skin pore. The eyes and muscle tone in the face make performances utterly engaging. For example, the tension in the debriefing scene with Edward Fox after the massacre is positively palpable.
2) Wide vistas (sumptuous, colonial interiors and sweeping, panoramic exteriors) with characters in the distance. Blu-ray enables you to see the actors' performance while on DVD you just know they are there and hear them talking.
3) Complex scenes, such as the opening funeral with a crowd of 400,000 people (how do you upscale that from 720x480?), lavishly ornate colonial interiors and exteriors, and lush Indian landscapes and panoramas.
I was concerned about the age of the film. The opening scene was grainy and my heart sank. However, it was shot in low-light and there's only a handful of shots in the whole 3-hour epic that suffer in this way, a record which is substantially better than films many years younger than Ghandi. Colour is superb, with the sets, costumes and beautiful use of light by Attenborough making Ghandi a visual feast.
This is a wonderful movie and a stunning demonstration of what blu-ray can do. I commend it whole-heartedly to anyone with a blu-ray player.
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Initial post: 18 Nov 2009 01:08:31 GMT
Mark Barry says:
I agree with you - I was stunned at how good this looked - beautifully clean print and a damn good film too.
You're also right about the opening - I thought oh no - it's looks awful - but that was I think stock footage of some kind, once you got into the movie proper, everything changed for the better.
Even Daniel Day-Lewis' cameo was good (his first appearance)...
The BLU RAY of Gandhi is a triumph and I too recommend it to anyone who loves this film - seeing it look 'so' good is a fantastic experience.
If you want other good restoration films - check out "Zulu", "The Italian Job", "North By Northwest", "Cool Hand Luke", "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning", "The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner" (reviewed them all) and "Snow White..." and "Pinnochio" (unbelievably good).
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