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3.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Picture Quality, Sound is Disappointing, 7 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Dead Of Night (Ealing) - Special Edition [1945] [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I've seen this film in various formats over the years and sometime ago I owned a really nice 16mm film print of the film. It's always been a favorite. This Blu-ray is the best the film has ever looked on home video and that wasn't an easy accomplishment. Apparently the original negative for the film is long gone, so alternate film elements were used and they were not the greatest photographically. But that mediocre film element has yielded a very nice looking Blu-ray. The restorers have coaxed quite a bit out of that film and while not perfect, it's way ahead of what's come before it and most people should be pleased with the picture quality.

The sound quality is another matter. An excessive amount of noise reduction software has been used in an attempt to remove background hiss and noise. It's now difficult to understand some of the dialog, some low level sound effects and music are lost and there's quite a bit of distortion. Background hiss would have been preferable to what's wrong with the soundtrack now. To be fair, when the Anchor Bay label released this film in the U.S. years ago, they too used a soundtrack that was far from perfect, though after checking that earlier DVD a few days ago, I can report that it does sound better than the new Blu-ray. It's not night and day, however, it's only a modest improvement. My old 16mm print didn't have this sound problem and they would have done well to borrow the sound off of one of those old prints instead of doing what they did here. Still, it's all we have for now and it will have to do.
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2014 08:19:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Mar 2014 08:22:15 GMT
i would get your disc or your hearing checked. its the best i have ever seen it. there was nothing i missed or couldnt hear in dialogue due to poor quality. a first class release of an old film.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2014 20:18:06 GMT
R. Smith says:
Also, can't the 'primitive' sound quality on this 1945 outing be 'beefed up' somewhat, using a subwoofer and decent speakers? Older films than this, like the 1933 King Kong, can be 'enhanced' noticably, using even half-decent sound equipment.
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