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Sizing up the Blu Ray quaility
on 20 May 2017
Enough has been said for this 80's classic , so I want to review the Hi Def transfer here for those lucky enough to have a region free Blu-ray player thinking of investing in this Criterion release..
The sticker on the font says "Director Approved" which some might believe to think it has been pain-stakenly restored to a pristine , glowing restoration like many other past Criterion titles lavishly released over the years..
It is very clear to see as the opening credits roll , that very little restoration has been applied..
(if your TV setting are correct with contrast and brightness levels)..and the marks on the lens are still very present and the odd flicker of residue on the film itself are as sharp as the actual picture it-self..
But , don't be put off by this..
The image is sharp and vibrant , and the newly scanned print has a depth of picture that knocks the original DVD image out off the colour pallet..
The colour pallet Director Johnathan used is inspired , and it resonates deeply in the 1st 30 minutes of the film with Lulu's character wardrobe and car furnishings..
The 16:9 picture is rich and the blacks are ink-like and solid , and the skin tones on the faces are pure to the point of seeing the brush marks on the stage make-up through all close-up shots..
The detail is delightful and New York in the 80's looks as vibrant then as one might imagine at a time of a "New Wave" scene , and the clothes and soundtrack take you back to a somewhere "up-beat" , and the 1080 picture quality we see is also as up-beat as the films time period itself.
The Sound too has a beautiful up-grade to add the texture of the whole package of a great movie..
The new formatted DTS master is lavishly mixed to spilt dialogue and music tracks crisply and sharply , with the ambient sounds in the background there for all to enjoy.
"Something Wild" is a film rarely shown on TV networks these days , as fashions and PC attitude changes , so to have this gem given a make-over to its best presentation is , for those a fan of this Movie , been a delight to enjoy in High Definition..
Aside from a little grain here and there , the transfer is perfect and the colour and sharpness alone make this a stand-out film next to may other 1080 picture formatted titles that fail to impress..
The Bonus content could have been better as it has just two short interviews , one with Director The "late" Johnathan Demme who takes us though his memories of making "Something Wild" with many facts that are interesting..
The other interview is with script writer/editor that wrote the original story about the two character's s that met in a Diner..
Its a great shame there is not more to dig into as Criterion excel at finding material of interest to all fans of this style of film , and it would have been fabulous to have had the actors input about their experience , or better still a Commentary track talking though the film filled with anecdotes
..or even to have found just a few humours "out-takes" of which at the time of filming there much have been many..
The Blu-ray is a gem , although not the best value , its content is solid and the best you will probably ever see of this print ..
Nothing added or taken away , ..no tweaks or fiddling , ..
Its , by far the BEST version there is to see , will remain testament to those who adore Johnathan's fabulous work..