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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of this UK release, 9 July 2012
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This review is from: Out of Africa [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The American original edition from 2010 from which this mastering was taken was so poorly done, and caused so much consumer upset there, that - just as with Gladiator - Universal has remastered the film and reissued it this year. But unlike Gladiator, there has been no recall programme, and buyers of the UK edition are left to fend for themselves, whereas in America the pressings have already been replaced, and the film is currently available as a digibook (like The Sting and Pillow Talk) which unfortunately shows no sign of appearing here. The upscaled DVD actually looks better than the badly-processed blu-ray still being sold in the UK without warning.
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Initial post: 16 Aug 2012 08:39:27 BDT
SJT says:
But to update, there's a big release of Digibook editions coming from Universal on 19th November 2012, one of which is indeed Out of Africa. I can hardly believe that they would simply repackage the 2010 master: it'll surely be the 2012 re-master, which is excellent. Now, if only Fox would prove so efficient concerning their wretched French Connection Blu-ray edition, which has long since been replaced Stateside by a brand new transfer.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2012 13:37:45 BDT
How can we know whether this will be a remaster? I would willingly buy yet a second blu-ray copy of this movie, but only if I am certain we are getting proper HD. It made a great difference for "Gladiator", and I am sure it will make a bigger one for this fantastic, utterly visual movie. Do you have any sources other than "believe"? I mean, it would make sense...but better to make sure!!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2012 02:41:40 BDT
SJT says:
Well, I'll take money that the rappearance of Gladiator in this new series will be of the remastered edition. I think it highly unlikely that Universal would go to the trouble of an elaborate repackaging and still include the much-reviled original BD release of "Out of Africa" when there's a perfectly decent new master available to them. Keep an eye on Blu-ray.com to see if they review the new issue: they would be bound to give lots of technical details about the transfer.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2012 12:56:22 BDT
Yes, sounds quite reasonable. Thanks for the tip, I'll keep an eye on it.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2012 03:04:51 GMT
SJT says:
Just had it confirmed. Unbelievably, Universal has opted to repackage the rubbish original transfer in this new edition. Import either of the 2012 US editions instead.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 13:38:23 GMT
robsoncps says:
do you know if US edition is the remastered?

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2013 17:29:14 GMT
SJT says:
If it's 2012 copyrighted, then yes. If 2010, no, it isn't
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