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Cheapo set that contains some DVD-definition 'enhanced' transfers.
on 7 April 2015
It appears that this is the European version of The Shining ('1.66:1' in width) so is a bit cropped compared to the wider American original, and also about 25 minutes shorter than the US version too. More importantly it's the DVD transfer on a blu ray disc.
It doesn't have a proper menu-screen either - it's basically been done on the cheap. The DVD-to-hires 'upscaling' on my Blu-ray player gives people's faces an almost S-VHS like appearance - ie sharpish in outline but smooth and a bit undefined in feature. It's frustrating if you are getting used to a good blu-ray image.
People are saying only 2 of these discs are genuine blu-ray his-res transfers, and the rest are DVD transfers placed onto blu-ray discs (ie the BD-ROM discs this box consists of). Is this why the whole box costs "only" 15 to 20 quid? This copy is going straight back to Amazon anyway. It's not "good value" unless you get what you think you are paying for.
All these 5 star reviews - honestly!? I was completely taken by them. Either the manufacturers have pulled a massive switch at some point, or people should be more careful before they review things on this site. The movies are good of course they are, but that's not the point is it.
Update - As someone pointed out, my player's 'DVD-Blu-ray upscale' facility couldn't have kicked-in as these are all Blu-ray discs whatever is on them, so the digital 'up-conversion 'I strongly suspect must have been pre-processed. Apparently this version does have better colour etc than the DVD - just not the detail you normally expect on Blu-ray and it does look a bit smoothed-out. It could be that the standalone The Shining blu-ray for sale at the moment is exactly the same copy, and If that is the case I'll increase the star rating a little, as it's this would be the best (European) version on offer. Also, to be fair I didn't actually send this set back to Amazon in the end - it probably is worth up to £15 (its 7 films after all), but I don't think it's worth the £23 it currently is now.