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Best international Blu-ray so far,
This review is from: Django Newly Re-mastered in HD ALL REGIONS [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Film: I have finally watched this classic for the first time before getting into Tarantino's epic and I confess that liked Django a lot. It is a quite rough film and it features some very exciting scenes (like the "coffin escape") from a cinematic point of view.
Technical Data: Total Size = 21,8GB, Feature Film = 15,9GB (including and English and an Italian DTS-MA-2.0 Mono Track), English subtitles are available for both versions, Running Time = 91:37min (uncut version)
Picture Quality (reviewed on a JVC X30 projector):
- THE GOOD = The picture is very sharp 95% of the running time and the colours appear rich and natural so that the film looks like new at various points. Blacks are solid and compression works fine. We also get the original aspect ratio of 1,66:1. There is a slight layer of grain that looks absolutely satisfying and natural to me preserving a rough and authentic look (never getting disturbing or distracting). Argent Films really seem to have struck this from the original negative.
- THE BAD = While I was watching I was pretty sure that they must have put the film on a 50GB disc. So, the small file size is not reflected in comression artifacts. Nevertheless I think labels should always go for maximum quality when remastering classic titles and advertising their Remastered Version! I also have to mention here that the opening credits come with some scratches and other dirt. Those sequences are not as sharp as the rest. But I can live with that.
- THE UGLY = About 40% of this Django transfer show some strange flickering (anomalies in bright and dark areas). This actually IS distracting sometimes and made me sad when it occured for the first time because the transfer otherwise really matched my expectations. This may not be as obvious on smaller screens. It just felt as if something else should or could have been done in the mastering process to avoid or restrict this phenomenon. Maybe another label could do wonders if they were given the original master!?
Sound: The Mono Tracks both sound solid and satisfying. I finally went for the Italian version with subtitles (which of course also feels "dubbed" at many points since some of the actors are Mexican or American). This track just sounds more natural and authentic regarding the characters and their voices. In general the English subtitles are well done except for some smaller mistakes in the second half.
Special features: You can find interviews and trailers here with the Alex Cox interview being the most interesting and analytical feature.
ALL IN ALL I recommend to buy this BD to fans of the film. Despite its inconsistencies in its (obviously) remastered picture this will be the best version on the world market until some other label comes up with something perfect. It was real fun to watch!