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1.0 out of 5 stars another blu-ray disaster, 28 Sept. 2009
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This review is from: Ran (The Studio Canal Collection) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I already owned studiocanal's dvd of Ran - French import. There is zero difference in picture quality between the dvd and blu-ray. Frankly, the blu-ray is a disgrace. What are studiocanal thinking? Ran is probably one of the finest looking films of all time - regardless of how you rate it in Kurosawa's pantheon. Most people who invest in blu-ray do so because they want to see a film as it was intended to be seen - at its highest standard. To rehash a dvd and sell it as a blu-ray is basically ripping off your customers. But studios keep doing this... e.g. Sexy Beast (even in the wrong format...), Gladiator, first blu release of the Fifth element, etc, etc. We are being robbed blind. Unfortunately, this spells disaster for the future of blu-ray. I know many blu-ray owners who are fed up with being screwed. Sony needs to set an exacting standard by which all releases must be beholden. otherwise, people will just give up and stop buying blu discs.
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Initial post: 1 Oct 2009 14:41:49 BDT
DeeJay says:
Sorry, but I completely disagree and I can only imagine its been a while since you watched the DVD. This transfer is far superior, the grain is kept to a minimum and there are no signs of DNR. In truth I really enjoyed it and it looks pretty much like I thought it would.

To be honest though, you don't even tell us why its so bad, just that you don't think it looks any better than DVD, and that could be down to the size of your TV set.

Finally, it doesn't spell disaster for the future of Bluray at all. Or did stuff like this not happen on DVD every other week? Even if your not impressed with this transfer, most major releases are superb and well worth owning the format for. So even if your disappointed with Ran, lets not blow it up out of proportion.

Posted on 26 Mar 2010 08:14:29 GMT
Yeah, I had high hopes for the BD release, but I never bought this version because I already have the disappointing HD DVD one (German import) and feared this would be the same. I agree Ran is a fantastic-looking film and deserves better treatment: I may have to buy a multi-region BD player to get all those wonderfu Criterion Blu-rays (like Days of Heaven!)

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2011 13:24:19 BDT
Mull says:
Mr H.C. Orr: so you are commenting on a product you don't even own?, because you were disappointed with a HD DVD you cannot give comment on this product. Regardless if you've seen the film you are supposed to be reviewing this particular format.
Its like adding a comment of 'I wanted a lot more with the new Ferrari, I didn't buy it because I was disappointed with the Fiat'!!
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