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5.0 out of 5 stars Huey, Dewey and Louie in Bluey..., 19 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Silent Running [Masters of Cinema] (LTD Edition Steelbook) [Blu-ray] [1971] (Blu-ray)
"Natural" is a word that often sprang to my mind while watching Eureka's 'Silent Running' Blu-ray. This is, inherently, a rather soft film with an abundance of grain; and I'm very glad to see it's been kept that way. Grain levels do unexpectedly spike on occasion (leading to "snow storm" instances), but there's always loads of fine detail on show. Take a look at the clearly visible textures on clothing, or the complex exterior shots of the Valley Forge for just a couple of excellent examples of the increased clarity on offer here.

Colours stand out to me as the transfer's most impressive quality. Skin tones are pleasingly normal, while the lush greens and earthy browns of the forest dome genuinely pop - as does Lowell's bright blue jacket. There's no "teal and orange" controversy going on here, that's for sure.

I did notice a small amount of edge enhancement, but it only appeared in one or two scenes and was far less obvious than some of the thick white halos seen burdening other discs. There's also some shimmering here and there, but you can probably put that down to the film's source materials. On the whole, Eureka has done a commendably cinematic job with their transfer.

Also pleasing is the faithfully presented HD mono audio. Dialogue and music is clear and precise, while sound effects are satisfyingly robust. That early scene where the domes are being detached, with everything clanging, screeching and then exploding is a real wake-up-the-neighbours moment. As impressive as a remixed HD 5.1 option can be, I'm a big fan of these more old-school audio presentations.

Eureka complement the film with a decent selection of extra features, including a comprehensive making-of documentary, interviews with Bruce Dern and Douglass Trumbull (both of whom also provide a commentary), while there's even an isolated music and effects track for your auditory pleasure. Yes, there's little new material here, but it's still good value overall. In addition, the SteelBook packaging is nice and sturdy - neatly bearing the original theatrical poster art - and houses an extensively detailed 48 page booklet.

Although this is not my first Eureka Blu-ray (I may have bought the... 'Human Centipede'... ahem), I'm ashamed to admit that this is indeed my first `Masters of Cinema' purchase. But if this impressive high-definition release of Silent Running is anything to go by, then I'm sure it won't be my last. Eureka has clearly treated Trumbull's eco-friendly sci-fi cult classic with the utmost respect, meaning this release deserves your attention.
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Initial post: 22 Nov 2011, 17:30:36 GMT
Brilliant review , just what us buying public need...thanks !

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2011, 17:35:09 GMT
TJ Doc says:
Happy to help. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2012, 15:05:38 GMT
Mike D. says:
I've only just come across this review - and I've only just realised that one of my favourite films is now available on BluRay. Thanks, TJ Doc, for a great review. So many reviews of BluRays focus on the film itself rather than describing the specific features of the BluRay edition. Many thanks for such a helpful review.

Posted on 9 Feb 2012, 15:28:01 GMT
beadelf says:
fantastic review

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2012, 14:38:09 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Mar 2012, 14:38:49 GMT
Annoymous says:
I just bought this, thanks to your review

Posted on 27 Nov 2014, 10:36:06 GMT
I believe "little new material" only applies for owners of the last US DVD.

Considering that previous European DVD releases were just the film (in letterbox, yuck!), it's remarkable that Eureka provided all these extras previously exclusive to aforementioned US DVD.

The making-of-documentary is especially noteworthy because this is not your usual retrospective kind of documentary but one that was made during the shooting of the film. I wish that every film would get the kind of bonus materials we got with this particular Blu-ray release!
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