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This BD is a transfer from good quality and relatively recent 2003 film stock and has responded well to the BD transfer
on 19 September 2016
With this 2003 film director Christopher Guest continues his series of fake documentaries. That started with the now cult film This is Spinal Tap. That was followed by Best in Show which explored the world of dog shows with greatly amusing and essential accuracy and that was followed by an investigation into the world of amateur dramatics via Waiting for Guffman.
The current 'A Mighty Wind' brings his dissecting eye to bear upon the world of Country and Western. Once again he uses the same team featured in the previous two films to good effect both serious and humorous. The team perform their own music with considerable talent so the musical element is presented very well indeed. The music is simply the vehicle into an investigation into the main characterisations involved.
However, this review is not intended to discuss the actual film as by now it will have both its supporters and detractors. Entering into those conflicts is not the purpose of the review which is aimed squarely at the many supporters of this film.
Essentially, for all of those who are keen supporters of this film and who have bought the previous DVD version of this disc, the only issue of vital importance will be whether the Blu-ray offers an improvement technically sufficient to justify the additional expense.
For this reviewer the answer is a clear affirmative. The upgrade offers a clear advance on both image and audio quality with the imaging being a marked improvement. The colours are firmer and there is an increase to the perceived depth of the imaging. The whole film simply becomes more 'real.' The film, which is so concerned with close characterisation, benefits considerably from this enhancement of reality.
The degree of improvement experienced from this BD will also inevitably depend on the replay equipment used. The following technical information is intended to be a guide to aid in assessment.
The screen used for this review is only of moderate dimensions being a 40 inch television screen. However, the television is a high performing 4K unit which delivers a compensating positive effect. The moderate screen size lacks the impact of larger screens but is less critical of film faults.
However, the contributing player is, unusually, able to separate the audio and visual HDMI signals before they leave separately to the television and pre-amp. That feature enhances both the visual and audio elements of the output. The audio delivers an unusually wide-ranging and revealing performance, useful in this case.
Readers with alternative equipment will have to interpret this review bearing in mind their own equipment and its comparative advantages and disadvantages.
In summary this BD is a transfer from good quality and relatively recent 2003 film stock and has responded well to the BD transfer. It is well worth considering for fans of Country and Western and admirers of Christopher Guest's style of humour.