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Carry On Screaming Blu ray Edition
on 9 November 2013
At last! A Carry On film on Blu ray! But does the transfer measure up? .......In my humble opinion, absolutely YES! This 1966 classic Hammer-horror spoof does something special for me when watching, it actually improves upon the Hammer formula by adding the 'Carry On' touch to the whole proceedings! I understand that the principal writer of the Carry On films at this period of time, Talbot Rothwell, personally suggested the idea for this film, and I think it shows in his incredible script. So what about Studio Canal's all important transfer? I viewed the film on a 40" TV, at the correct screen ratio, it was a satisfying experience, the 1080p were ably demonstrated throughout the films running time. I also have the 'Standard Definition' version of this film in my collection, and did a side-by-side comparison of each version. The early scenes featuring Jim Dale and Angela Douglas in Hocombe Woods, were noticeably soft in the SD version, but improved upon greatly in the new Blu ray release, although I felt, and this is only my opinion, that the same print source may have been deployed by Studio Canal for both versions, albeit with a genuine 1080p transfer! In conclusion; a rewarding experience, and a great choice for the first Carry On on Blu ray! I do hope Studio Canal decide to release more of the series in wonderful 1080p! In closing, just a small detail regarding the roman numerals at the start of the films' titles. Was it an in-joke? .....Surely the titles should have read MCMLXVI (1966) Whereas on the razor-sharp Blu ray version, I could see that they were,in fact, MCMXVI (1916!) An intentional joke or an error?