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Superior quality and nicer artwork than old DVD release. A must for Blu-ray Russell/Carpenter fans
on 9 January 2016
This is a great improvement on the DVD. If you have a 48-52 inch TV you'll much prefer this upgrade to the old DVD release. The picture quality is very good and makes watching this film enjoyable again. I like the DTS 5.1 mix, sounds full and warm. (But I did listed to the old dvd which sounded sharper but not as dynamic. It's helpful that the film format is 2.35:1 these old film look better in this format on bigger TVs.
I like the new packaging which can be flipped with an alternative cover like the old film poster, very good. This edition is basic plastic case.
The extra's seem to be the same as old DVD but with new items which at first glance I missed! But this is whats included
"Here is where Arrow vaults ahead - including all from the Fox Blu-ray, including the commentary, and adding over an hour's worth of new interview material with John Carpenter, Kurt Russell, cinematographer Dean Cundey, producer Larry Franco and Jeff Imada. There is also a liner notes booklet featuring new writing on the film by John Kenneth Muir, author of The Films of John Carpenter, a re-print of an article on the effects of the film from American Cinematographer, illustrated with archive stills and posters. "
Booklet is nice too, good pictures and design.
I think Arrow could have included some more extra's if they exist or a separate sound track surely they have the muscle to do this now.
A UV or iTunes digital version would make this almost timeless.
The Blu-ray menus could be a bit more dynamic and faster. Also they aren't that many chapters which is a bit annoying
Good release but not the ultimate release!
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