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Close but no cigar.
on 20 March 2014
This is a review for the steelbook blu-ray edition.
As a long fan and admirer of this film,(I first saw this in the cinema in September 1982,and have owned every version both on VHS and DVD) I can honestly say I am somewhat disappointed.
As it is a blu-ray,you would obviously expect this version to have the best picture quality,however,it does'nt.
There is a lot of grain evident,the colours are not particularly vibrant and the print used here,looks very tired.
Of course it is still cut by the BBFC,but sadly it is no improvement over the FOX DVD release.Therefore,if you already own the DVD definitive edition,stick with it.
I can safely say the UNIVERSAL release on region 1 DVD and the Korean import are both vastly superior in picture quality,although they are both in the original mono soundtrack.On top of this,they are both uncut.
If we could only have this version with the 5,1 surround soundtrack,then we'd have it all!
As regards the steelbook,at first glance it looks lovely,but upon closer inspection we notice the original Renato Casaro poster artwork is doctored.Conan's face is different and a severed head has been added to his right hand.Once again,this being a Fox release,we also do not have the original Conan lettering with the sword going through the name.
So,all in all,what promised to be so good,is sadly just another average release.
A great shame and not the release this classic movie deserves.