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The Ultimate Film-Like HD Trip -- The Reviews From The Big Screen Series
on 29 March 2017
Title: SISTERS aka BLOOD SISTERS (Germany: Die Schwestern des Bösen) (1972)
Label: ARROW VIDEO
Tranfer by: CRITERION / ED PRESSMAN
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Some Thoughts About The Movie (NOT the base for my rating):
Wow! What a great movie, providing an astonishing visual and emotional experience. BRIAN DE PALMAS movie is creepy, full of tension and offers surprisingly shocking elements which continue to have an effect on its audience. The visual looks by choice of camera lenses, film stock, style, editing, timing including split screen techniques and camera angles are great and inspiring. Underpinned by the superb sounding and nifty composed soundtrack the result is breathtakingly good. The acting is convincing and there is a certain irony attached to the direction DE PALMA achieved. I wont spoil anything for you here and wont go into detail either because I like you to experience it all for your own and hopefully you will watch the movie detached from every other film-works out there. Enjoy!
No Grain Baby, No Gain / The Transfer:
The 2K transfer done for this BD set is very good. Spoken in terms of 2K I like to say it is nearly perfect. There is an overall organic and very film-like appeal to it. That fact underlines DE PALMAS design choices so good and enjoying this movie on a big screen or via projection is like seeing it for the first time ever for real. The grain structure seems to be 100% intact and looks and behaves totally film-like. The colors are fantastic and stable throughout the whole feature. Level of details, textures, grip, gray-levels and details in darker segments are awesome. Every frame here declares „I was shot on real film stock“. No noticeable DNR and edge enhancement filters have been applied!
Cut and Run:
This is a version intégrale from a complete intact source. NO noticeable inserts from low quality sources have been applied. The movie has passed uncut by the BBFC.
Fans, collectors and people with big screens or projectors should spend their money at once and will for sure have a great time, giving them the creeps. SISTERS never looked better in home cinemas. There is a nice collectors booklet within the first issue and the BD contains nice supplements. This is the definite film-like version at the moment and it outsmarts the already very good CRITERION DVD in every aspect. An upgrade is essential. The film is worth seeing several times anyway. This work is getting better each time you'll see it. Absolutely recommended.
How I rate / What I rate:
My ratings refer exclusively to technical aspects of BD sets. The more film-like a HD transfer looks and feels via a projection, the more high-class the source is scanned and digitally treated afterwards, the higher my ratings will be. Digital phenomenons like edge enhancement, block noise, digital appealing grain, swarming grain / noise behavoir and DNR filtering will directly result in lower ratings.
I do not rate movies at all. In the introduction part I just offer my opinion, based on taste, preferences and knowledge about film/photography in general. Movies are artificial constructions where many efforts have been taken (including complex postproduction) to accomplish a vision of whatsoever kind. No movie made for cinema ever shot has earned a 1 star rating on AMAZON or a 1 point rating on IMDB. I have studied many publications about making films, their psychological impact, and the subject violence on film. I am a hobby photographer knowing much about frame compositions, color and light effects and different styles. I am also a hobby musician and sound designer for my own private joy. I could rate a movie/ its soundrack, but why should I? Things are what they are and nothing more or less. I like to think beyond mind constructed terms of good and bad. So called "objectivity" becomes fast diluted by preferences which results in comments of personal taste. These comments are fine but they go without any base value for creating a rating-scale out of them. Technical aspects are a different kind of matter. DNR, edge enhancement, block noise and such things are obvious even on small screens and maybe we can speak more of objectivity and measurability in this area. I think we should be informed about the quality of a product.
All about Ev(m)e:
I am a collector of films for 27 Years, own about 3.000 films (would be far more, but I often sort out transfers I dont like) and watch them in a home-cinema room via bigscreen projection. I am also a hobby musician and photographer with some experience scanning camera negatives in high definitions. I am fascinated by film (from reels) since I am a kid and spent hours for hours in cinemas and visiting film festivals.