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Poor Blu-ray functionality.....
on 24 September 2016
No need to comment on the merits of this legendary art-western..... In terms of scene-setting, photography, lighting, and the awe-inspiring music of Ennio Morricone, it is a benchmark.
The quality of the transfer is excellent, esp. considering Leone shot this on Techniscope 2 perf film..... a poor man's format.
However, some Menu functions on the Blu-ray are primitive or actually non-existent. Reverting to Menu midway through viewing is either not allowed, or the film reloads and returns to the opening screen. Equally, the disc cannot be stopped and then resumed from a previous stopped-off point. One has to start afresh, wait for the ram loading, and then look for the scene.....
Maybe the single disc is so full - two versions of the film (original theatrical release plus restored version), 10 languages, plus extras etc - that there is insufficient coding space for proper functionality....?
The std two-disc collector's edition operates perfectly and is only a shade less crisp with a tad less sound quality.