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5.0 out of 5 stars Staggering, 29 July 2008
This review is from: Black Narcissus [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I have previously bought this wonderful film on laserdisc from Criterion and I have loved it and thought the transfer was good, even though colour strips weren't 100% synced. It has become one of my very favourite movies and the partnership of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger one of my all time favourite director/writer team (Life and Death of Coronel Blimp and the Red Shoes are also totally wonderful).

Before I saw this movie again on this Blu-ray I had no idea that it could as awazing as it did on this release. Not only were the colours even more vibrant than ever, but the detail in the picture was staggering. I can now see all the detail in the walls, costumes and props. Alfred Junge got the Oscar for production design on this movie and it is understandable now more than ever. Everything looked totally breathtaking and I could now, more than ever, understand the distraction and beauty that make the nuns forget what they were doing. This is also thanks to the wonderful photography of Jack Cardiff, who won the Oscar for it. His use of colors and the lighting are nothing short of brilliant. When viewing the film it is hard to believe that everything was shot at Pinewood studios, save for some shots from the English countryside. It is a lesson to filmmakers nowadays that you can make a believable movie totally in the studio.
The documentary "The profile of Black Narcissus" is included and is quite informative and interesting, featuring interviews with several of the people who made it, including Jack Cardiff and Kathleen Byron. Is is presented in 576p, so some people with a TV that doesn't support this resolution may have problems viewing it. The Blu-ray is also region free.
If you haven't seen the movie before and are interested in the old way of moviemaking then I totally recommend this magnificent picture.
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Initial post: 19 Aug 2008, 22:12:57 BST
Thanks for the great review. I'm generally quite sceptical about older films being released on HD formats, as sometimes not much care is put into remastering them in an intelligent way. But the thought of Deborah Kerr in high-def is too good to resist! I'll have to get this to replace my Criterion version. Cheers!

Posted on 1 Nov 2008, 17:55:17 GMT
Mark Barry says:
Great review mate - on Blu-Ray reviews there should be a law to concentrate ONLY on whether or not it's better than or the same as the DVD you already own - too many reviews review the movie - not the print...

PS: have you seen either the HD or Blu-Ray version of 2001: A Space Odyssey - best transfer of an old movie that I've ever seen...

Posted on 28 Mar 2009, 23:04:45 GMT
JMD1 says:
If this disc really is in 576p then it is NOT a Hi-Def issue. However, like ALL Blu-ray discs it is in 1080p which is high definition.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2009, 08:41:04 BST
I think 576p refers to the extras not the movie.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2009, 20:24:46 BST
I wish to apologize if there were any misunderstands concerning the resolution on the movie. The movie itself has a resolution of 1920x1080p and it is, like I wrote breathtaking. The documentary I referred to is in 576p. I have also found out later that the documentary won't play on any player that doesn't support the 576p resolution.
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