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Blu-ray sad Victim (pardon me) of too much DNR!
on 6 August 2014
No need to discuss the film itself here. It's fantastic, gripping, and well written with strong acting. It was also very needed at the time of its release. So five stars for the film. But only three stars for the Blu-ray. Another reviewer wrote: "It's sharp and clear, it could have been shot yesterday". Well, right, and there lies the problem. Network decided to "wash" the image with DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) to make it look "new", which takes away so much of the 35mm film feeling. Real film stock always had a fine layer of grain, and when much of that is removed with digital tools, the image gets a waxy gloss that looks quite a bit synthetic. Such a pity. I sure wish Network will stop doing these scrubbings to future Blu-rays. It was also visible (but less so) on their Blu-ray of "This Sporting Life". So please Network, let film look like film!