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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Even with Grain, 23 Jan 2011
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I read a lot of reviews of this before buying it and many of them complained about the grain on the transfer. Some more so that others.

I already own the film on DVD but wanted it on Blu Ray as I am in the process of replacing my collection with Blu Ray and it's one of my all time favourite films.

Took a gamble and it paid off.

Yes, there is grain on the movie. More obvious in the library scene at the start or the film and in some of the dark scenes. However, this does not detract from the movie or general quality of the film on Blu Ray. I don't recall this on the DVD so it's obviously a perculiarity of the Blu Ray transfer.

Colours are vivid and detail crisp and in every other way it is what you'd expect from a Blu Ray movie.

4 stars as there is some obvious grain.
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Initial post: 13 Mar 2013 01:26:48 GMT
Brian9229 says:
Doesnt anybody understand that grain is what makes a film a film? Grain dictates detail, sharpness, softness, sheen, and makes the overall quality of a film filmic. Take away grain, you get awful detail and overly soft images. People need to educate themselves more.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2013 19:04:21 GMT
Keith says:
But you need to realise that not everyone feels the same about grain. For me it can sometimes ruin a film, othertimes it can make a film.

Grain is often deliberately added by directors because they think it adds to the film.

It's personal choice and preference so don't assume everyone must automatically love grain.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2013 21:50:29 BDT
C. C. Brown says:
There is a huge difference between grain that enhances the picture and grain that makes the picture look rough and blotchy.
Maybe you need education as well, as at points this film looks great, at others the grain becomes more like white noise the way it moves and flickers.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2013 18:34:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Oct 2013 18:34:41 GMT
DJ Mike says:
So perhaps the education needed here is about the way in which this film was shot and not about whether or not grain looks or does not look good on a Blu-ray? It's a film that was shot on film stock that happens to exhibit quite a grainy look, so that's what you're going to see when it gets blown up to high definition. It would have been exactly the same at the cinema. People need to realise that the closer you get to the cinema experience, particularly with older films, the more you're going to have things like grain in the picture. But then people ignore the facts and just complain to the studios and we end up with digitally scrubbed travesties like Predator and Zulu instead.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2013 23:23:03 GMT
M. Russell says:
well said

Posted on 14 Dec 2013 17:06:04 GMT
Brian says:
I think it's also worth pointing out that films from the very late 70s to mid-80s, in my opinion, seem to exhibit 'grain' far more than any other period? I wonder why? The grain doesn't bother me - I just want to enjoy a film.
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