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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Blu-ray Quality- Keep your DVD!, 10 May 2011
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This review is from: Midnight Cowboy [Blu-ray] [1969] (Blu-ray)
I stupidly sold my nice Steelbook 2 disc DVD recently before this Blu-ray was released. I expected a breathtaking transfer that would be an improvement on the DVD but it isn't- there's no difference! Fox have wasted time and money doing this. Also unlike on most Blu-rays when I chose the special features I could only select them while the film was playing! When I inserted the disc the film started playing and there is no still menu so a total disaster of a release!
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Initial post: 24 May 2011 19:24:01 BDT
Patrick Nash says:
How is it only 8 of your 12 readers thought this was helpful? Your advice is a Godsend, thanks for saving me making the same mistake.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2011 21:39:57 BDT
Robert says:
Yes Patrick, I wondered that! Thanks. It's now 9 of 13 so still a fair majority. Anyone can see this is not a REAL Blu-ray!

Posted on 24 Jun 2011 13:14:42 BDT
Oyarsa says:
I never had this on DVD but I'm making my blu ray collection and was expecting this release...
Thanks for the info that saves me the money :-)

PS. About the disc starting immediately with no menu screen, that also happens with 2001: a space oddisey but the quality is fantastic there.

Posted on 3 Aug 2011 17:21:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Aug 2011 08:56:23 BDT
mickey_one says:
Thanks for sharing your experience!
So Fox have "done it" again then
...same messy BD release as with BUTCH CASSIDY and THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR!?! Sure way to drive people away from their Blus!
PS: Here's what bluray.com had to say about this: "Even with digital restoration, however, Midnight Cowboy would remain a grainy film, as it is on this Blu-ray. As DP Holender notes in the "After Midnight" documentary, much of the film was shot with deliberate underexposure to obtain a particular pallette. With then-contemporary film stocks and lenses, underexposure could not help but accentuate the grain, and even with current digital tools, there is only so much that can be done without altering the intended look."

Posted on 27 Nov 2011 17:11:17 GMT
The Reviewer says:
I'm upgrading my DVD collection but would not sell any of my DVD steelbooks. As for the menu, I have other blu-rays that do this. What you need to do is to skip to the end of the movie to get to the menu. You can also bring the menu up while the film is playing but I haven't tried it on the couple I have that do this

Posted on 10 Jun 2012 19:26:29 BDT
blueskies says:
I just hope Amazon, with all their clout are having a word with these studios. Fox are not alone in this ripping-off.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 17:25:14 GMT
Moonshadow says:
Hi Shogun and Robert - I'm new to the whole steelbook editions of DVDs, so forgive my ignorance and lack of knowledge, but can you tell me what's on the steelbook 2 disc edition of this amazing film? Does it have a running audio commentary option? Thanks in advance for any info you can offer. I definitely do want to upgrade my straightforward run-of-the-mill single DVD edition of this film, but just want to know what extra goodies are included before I invest what I think is going to be a bit on the expensive side - worth it, I'm sure, to collectors and lovers of great films.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 19:31:01 GMT
Robert says:
As I stupidly sold the steelbook DVD before the blu-ray launched, I can't quite remember! But there was a 2nd disc packed with extras incl a documentary. The blu-ray is exactly the same print as the dvd but without extras.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2012 20:04:59 GMT
Moonshadow says:
Thanks, Robert. I'll definitely keep an eye out for it, and perhaps a Google search is in order. Actually, I just had a 'light bulb moment' - maybe imdb has some info about what's in the steelbox edition. Thanks again. Much appreciated.
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