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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Transfer, 18 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Planes, Trains & Automobiles [Blu-ray] [1987] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I often get wary about Blu Ray releases which are just remasters these days - guess I have been hit with a few like Robocop, so I advanced cautiously with this classic, which is probably one of John Candy's finest moments.

You know the story, hapless guys trying to get home are lumbered with each other as they head home to Chicago. The usual gaffes and silly things happen on the way, and you know the rest. So I won't bore you with my opinion on the movie, it's a fine piece of work from John Hughes and is considered a cult classic. The important thing is whether the transfer is worth talking about? I would say yes, it is a slight improvement from the DVD, but it's only slight. It's a grainy film anyway - so don't expect miracles from this, but it's a nice mixdown, with the music soundtrack pumping away. You'll find yourself swaying to the rock music in the taxi, and enjoying the main theme from Yellow all over again. The image is rather good with a 35Mbit/s average AVC - which is ample for a move of this type. The scrolling is smooth and it makes it look good.

The audio is a steady 3Mbit/s, which is what we're accustomed to with Paramount. Sadly the English track is the only decent thing, the Spanish and Portuguese tracks are poor at only a mono mix, you would expect better - but as it's an English release, guess we can't really complain.

The extras are not bad either, a nice interview with Candy, Martin and Hughes, but it really isn't that insightful. It's a bit of nostalgia rather than anything else, and it's nice to see John Candy and John Hughes at their happiest.

There's a lot of tribute work for John too, but I did find some of it rather repetitive as it was in other features on the disk. The 3 minute John Candy tribute was far too short and only really paid homage his work on this film. It felt like a filler rather than a main meal.

The biggest extra on here is the deleted scene from the flight part of the movie. It is in HD so that's one decent thing.

All in all this is as good as it's going to get for fans, sadly with no John Hughes we won't get any commentaries or any new insightful views - we have to rely on stuff from 1987. The extras felt more like filler, but at least the film looks fabulous, and if you're a big fan this is a big plus. I doubt they can do much better with this, but I bet I'll be proved wrong...
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Initial post: 20 Oct 2011 23:41:52 BDT
Lord Heath says:
I think that was a fair review upon reflection. I agree the big bonus is the deleted scene and being in HD. The extras were a filler, as you said, but I overlooked that in favour of just being able to see the improved picture quality of what is one of the best buddy movies I have ever seen.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2011 14:58:26 BDT
Thanks for your comments Mr Heath, as you say the extras were just a filler, seeing it in a higher definition was the real prize here.

Posted on 5 Sep 2012 19:29:58 BDT
Picard says:
Hey Dave! I've just been reading this review from Blu-ray.com...

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Planes-Trains-and-Automobiles-Blu-ray/27694/

.. and they've given this movie transfer quite a scathing review. Do you think it's reliable?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2012 13:15:08 BDT
Tom,

Well they do say there's noise reduction, which is true - as I said it's the best we're probably going to get from this film.
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