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3.0 out of 5 stars Studio Canal Third Man Blu-ray, 17 July 2012
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This review is from: The Third Man (Studio Canal Collection) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Pretty disappointing Blu-ray of the Third Man. Not any better in quality really than my DVD copy or the version shown on digital television in the United States by Turner Classic Movies via digital cable. Picture quite lacking in contrast, very bland, no different from many other old black and white unrestored films shown on cable TV. Certainly didn't look like a HD release of a restored film master. Details were OK, pretty sharp, but nothing like I have seen on other restored old films transferred to Blu-ray where you can't believe the fine detail, seeing the pores and tiny wrinkles on peoples faces and subtle textures in clothing. I had to boost my HD TV contrast up high to get an approximation of a decent picture, and that was not very satisfactory. I would only recommend this to someone who does not already own a good DVD of the film, this Blu-ray won't look much better. It is not bad, just a disappointment for a Blu-ray. Also, my disc cover states English subtitles, but the subtitle menu on my disc only shows German, Spanish, French and Dutch or no subtitles, so you may not have English subtitles. My disc is a Spanish Studio Canal Blu-ray release by Universal, and the cover states "perfect image". Well, that is certainly a gross exaggeration and let down for a film fan of movies from the 30s through 50s who has many many hundreds of old films in his collection. I have numerous Blu-rays of old black and white films and TV shows that look better than this one. Also, Studio Canal has one of those long obnoxious forced ads for their other releases at disc startup that you cannot skip over or get to the menu from, but must fast forward to get past. Hopefully I can come across a copy of the Criterion Blu-ray of this film somewhere. Not an impressive introduction to Studio Canal Blu-ray, give this a pass if you already have a DVD version.
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Initial post: 25 Feb 2014, 01:38:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Feb 2014, 01:41:30 GMT
Al-13 says:
What in God's name were you expecting from a film shot 65 years ago in black and white on a low budget on location in Eastern Europe shortly after the end of the Second World War. We are very fortunate nowadays to be able to buy and watch virtually any film we want in our own homes thanks to the wonders of modern technology and yet some people (probably the younger generation) still find cause to complain.

Posted on 7 Aug 2014, 07:59:20 BST
Adrian Drew says:
Thank you for your review. I agree with your points and don't understand Al's comments. You were simply commenting on the technical qualities of the edition. The Criterion version of The Third Man is superior to this 'new' Canal edition. I also had problems with the sound... it was very muffled. In all events it's better than the appalling 'restoration' the BFI did many years ago. Of that - the least said the better. I think we all agree however that The Third Man is quite a film!
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