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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic film on Blu Ray at last - needs 'some more', 21 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Oliver! [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
This is the second time I have purchased this title on Blu Ray having first purchased the german release earlier this year. I had hoped that for the UK release the studio would go back and give this some more attention but, sadly, this has not happened. What we have here is exactly the same with just the artwork showing any signs of change. When I put the Blu Ray in my player it actually came up with a 'Do you want to resume where you left off' message! So this offers nothing new (apart from an English language back cover).

The Blu Ray transfer is acceptable. It is the best we have right now in the absence of a decent restoration but please be prepared for some grain - quite a lot of grain actually! There is decent amount of sharpness but I just hope for more for an Oscar winning film such as this. Sound is generally OK with a lossless 5.1 mix. Totally inexcusable though is the poor attention given to the menus and chapters. The menu is very, very basic and, while there are chapters, none of the standout moments can be found via the pop-up menu. For instance if you want one of the classic musical numbers you have to guess your way through using the chapter skip button. How much work would it have taken to put some chapters in with a basic pop-up menu option? More effort from the studio needed here but at least they seem to have priced it accordingly.

Tip - look out for the USA only release from Twilight Time which uses the same transfer but have re-authored the disc so you have decent chapters with scene menus etc., More extras too.

Overall this is a 5 star film for me but a 3 star Blu Ray release so let's call it 4 stars.
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Initial post: 1 Nov 2013 19:35:39 GMT
Pantheon says:
Sorry; but what is the fascination with chapters and menus! Who cares! It's the image, sound and bonus content that's important. Who sits looking at the stupid menus?!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2013 20:52:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Nov 2013 16:54:57 GMT
GreenSt says:
It is important to me! This is a great film which stands up to repeated viewing - that said I don't want to watch it through the whole time but quite often fancy putting on some of the key musical numbers. The technology with Blu Ray - if used correctly - should mean we would be able to simply select a scene such as 'You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two' or 'As Long as He Needs Me' or 'Oliver' or 'Reviewing the Situation' or, well you get the idea as there are so many classic tracks, without having to use the FW/RW buttons to get there!

I provided a review of the image and sound quality too - but I still stand by the fact a film as good as this deserves better attention to the rest of the package. An Oscar winning film should have a proper 'Special Edition' release.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2013 16:53:09 GMT
rex says:
I could not agree more. thanks for review.
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