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1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling picture quality, 28 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Vengeance is Mine [Masters of Cinema] (Dual Format Edition) [Blu-ray] [1979] (Blu-ray)
The transfer is taken from a second or third generation interlaced copy of this film. Although the coding is 1080p, at some point in its life this transfer was interlaced. There are numerous instances of horizontal combing during motion, which is the unmistakable hallmark of interlacing. There are cigarette burns in several places, so the transfer wasn't done from the original master. Overall the image is dull and washed-out. The sound is also awful (brittle and clearly damaged). This is the worst Blu-Ray in my entire collection (400+ discs). I suspect MoC got shafted by the Japanese owners and didn't want to lose money on their investment (or else MoC is staffed by blind and deaf people, which I doubt!). Buy the Criterion DVD version instead.
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Initial post: 4 Oct 2012 14:47:17 BDT
I couldn't find much for technical reviews so I'm heaps glad to have seen this! Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2012 13:45:43 BDT
The Doogster says:
Hi, someone from MoC made a post on the Criterion Forum confirming my observations. See the attached link:

http://www.criterionforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1533&sid=b0287960d58fa1870ecaf3f5739ff211&start=75

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2012 02:12:03 BDT
Wow, I'm glad one of the people involved in the process is actually that transparent. It's a shame because I doubt there will be another blu-ray from anyone, including Criterion for at least a few years, although I hope I'm wrong. Thanks for the information. What other MoC Blu's do you recommend?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2012 12:24:26 BDT
The Doogster says:
I can recommend these Japanese MoC titles: Sansho Dayu, The Burmese Harp, The Ballad of Narayama, and Profound Desires of the Gods (the last two titles are by Imamura). Other standout MoC titles are Sunrise and Silence De La Mer. If you like film noir there are the classics Double Indemnity and A Touch of Evil.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 13:17:06 GMT
Thanks for the warning. thus far the only MoC I've seen that was disappointing was Schloss Vogelöd (aka The Haunted Castle) [Masters of Cinema] [DVD] [1921]. Since the Criterion DVD is a decent pressing, I'll stick with that.

Posted on 21 Dec 2012 23:24:40 GMT
sjconstable says:
The thing I noticed about the MoC Blu-ray of Vengeance Is Mine is that it has noise in the image that some people may mistake for grain, but it's not, it's more like the horrible stuff you see in various Italian HD masters (Tenebrae, etc.).
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