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2.0 out of 5 stars FIRST MARRIAGE TO BLU RAY .. BUT BRIDES NOT LOOKING THEIR BEST!, 13 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: The Brides Of Dracula (Blu-ray + DVD) [1960] (Blu-ray)
This review,and the star rating,is for the UK BR (Zone B) release and not for the movie itself (which is one of Hammer's greatest).
I held off getting this one due to the negative reviews which I'd read,but finally took the plunge when I requested it for a gift last month.
In a word - disappointed (although not unduly surprised, having read the reviews).
The grain is VERY heavy and intrusive; at times and on certain backgrounds the screen seemed to be pulsating with some form of sinister microbial lifeform! In fact this is the most distracting grain which I can recall seeing on any DVD or BR which I have recently viewed. It's almost as if the grain were actually magnified,if such a thing is possible - I'm sure some of the technical fans out there can explain if this is so.
This certainly spoilt my viewing of the film and to my mind there is no doubt that the R1 DVD offers a more pleasing viewing experience (and that's even before considering the question of aspect ratio).
This is no criticism of Final Cut who I'm sure did the best they could with the source material made available to them by Universal. I just hope that Universal will get round to releasing a Zone A BR and return to the original negative for this.I understand that the original still exists.If so, we can live in hope. Universal have shown that they can do a magnificent job when they are minded to,as with their Classic Monsters BR Box Set.
How's about a BR Box Set of the Hammer films to which Universal hold the rights (as released in their R1 DVD set) properly remastered and all in the correct aspect ratio this time?
Universal .. please!!
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