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1.0 out of 5 stars Yet another masterpiece ruined by DNR, 1 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Sacrifice [Blu-ray] [1986] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
I totally disagree with the previous review; this is a wonderful movie ruined by excessive DNR, yet another one, shame on Kino. I'm sorry to say that there is far too much DNR manipulation, resulting on false edge enhancement, softness, and lack of detail. Movies shot in celluloid are supposed to be grainy, that is the cinematic soul of these movies, and by trying to eliminate it, the original definition of detail in the film is simply destroyed, hence the softness and blurry aspect. Looking at those waxy faces just makes me sad and wish for a real HD transfer of this wonderful movie as it was orignally shot, without artificial manipulation.
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Initial post: 29 Jun 2013 23:19:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jun 2013 12:31:26 BDT
keithy says:
I saw your review before i purchased this and thought "it can't be that bad"

Sadly, you're spot on. A masterpiece ruined indeed.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2013 11:57:58 BDT
Well, I guess the only safe bet for flawless restorations and transfers of classics is the Criterion Collection. Other than this, it depends greatly on the particular studio. Some of the majors, like Universal, seem to be changing policy from preoosterous DNR to leaving the original unspoiled. But with the smaller studios, one never knows. Quite honestly, I was unable to finish watching this sad edition of such a wonderful movie.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2014 09:00:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Nov 2014 09:02:33 GMT
Film Buff says:
I think even Criterion have a hard time doing justice to Tarkovsky's films. Check out their version of Andrei Rublev and you'll see what I mean. Tarkovsky deployed a color scheme in his films which is very unconventional. Varying from color to b/w via sepia and various experiments with filters, really the only way we can see these films as they should be seen is in the cinema on a good 35 mm print. Blu ray is the closest we get on the small screen, but I read the AE releases of these are not good at all. Alas we have to wait until a company such as Masters of Cinema/Eureka acquire the rights and do the job properly (or wait for transfer technology to catch up!). There's also a problem with subtitles (especially in the Russian films) not being good enough. Tarkovsky's reputation is primarily as a visual artist and it is often forgotten how much of his films rely on the spoken word. They should be translated properly if a non-Russian speaking audience is really going to understand and appreciate these marvelous films.
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