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DON'T BUY THE BLU-RAY!
on 25 January 2014
Tarantino fans will undoubtedly love this movie, however my personal opinion is that perhaps he should concentrate his obvious talents on movies with a more contemporary setting rather than attempting to span the time zones of history. If I watch a WW2 or a Western movie, I want to be swept away in the reality of the time captured on screen, unfortunately with this movie, and Inglourious Basterds, all you get is another Tarantino set up, to a different backdrop. His movies whilst reasonably good are too much alike and continually follow the same plot lines, inevitably ending in the Tarantino trademark gun fight. (YAWN!)
Anyway, personal opinions aside the purpose of this review is to attempt to save you money by advising you to buy the DVD rather than spend the money on the more expensive Blu-Ray. I own standard definition DVD's with better picture quality than the Blu-Ray release of this movie and would question as to whether the movie was filmed in HD to begin with. The Blu-Ray is a real mixed bag, with blurring and artifacting occurring throughout motion sequences and a definite variation in picture quality from scene to scene, ranging from ALMOST Blu-ray standard to soft focus broadcast standard, and could NEVER be referred to as High-Definition.
Personally I felt financially ripped off having met the additional costs of the "HD" version. Don't waste your money.
(I've noticed that over the years the picture quality of standard definition DVDs has deteriorated, and suspect that distribution companies have initiated this in order to make their poor quality Blu-Rays look better than they actually are. You only have to view some of the top quality Blu-Ray titles such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bladerunner, Braveheart, The Outlaw Josey Wales and Gladiator and see what the format is truly capable of in order to realise that we're being supplied with poor quality Blu-Ray transfers at an over inflated price.)