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Old 06-14-2015, 07:50 PM   #721
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The color values of REAR WINDOW on BD, while not perfect, are a major improvement over all previous home video transfers.
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Old 06-14-2015, 10:39 PM   #722
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Vertigo looks amazing. It was shot on VistaVision which has more resolution than conventional 35 mm film. The Trouble With Harry was also VistaVision and that one is the most breathtaking looking transfer.

Frenzy, Family Plot, The Man Who Knew Too Much (remake) and Marnie are problematic. Not sure about Topaz, haven't watched the Blu-ray, but most of the rest are very good to great.
I agree with this, but have to say as someone who is pretty sensitive to transfer quality and has a state of the art home theater, I had less trouble with THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH and FAMILY PLOT than the rest of the world did. Of course, you have to take into account that even though I might be sensitive to issues I often try to not let them distract me too much from enjoying the film, if you can accept that contradiction.

But, honestly, the way some critics declared the world was ending with the transfers of both those titles in particular, I thought it was overkill. They will never be your go-to reference quality discs to show off your system, but the presentations are adequate and both have their moments of greatness. I've seen MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH several times in 35mm since the re-release in the early 80's and those prints were awful. I find the Blu to be a step up from that. As for FAMILY PLOT, I saw it first run in a theater a few times in 1976 and, sorry to say, it never looked all that great, having the sad refrain of a Universal TV movie from the 70's. The Blu has glaring mistakes made in the transfer process, but there are also some excellent aspects to it. I wouldn't trash either one and summarily dismiss them the way most critics did. I'll be happy to upgrade if they ever revisit them, but for now, I had a great time watching both.
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Old 06-26-2015, 04:16 PM   #723
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Having not gone through every page of this thread, is there any sort of general consensus about which Hitchcock film has the best blu-ray transfer?

...almost picked up Vertigo on sale at Barnes&Noble the other day.

...thinking about getting the Psycho steelbook.
Foreign Correspondent, The Trouble With Harry, Shadow of a Doubt, and Saboteur all have 5 star transfers, IMO.
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Has anyone done comparisons between the Network UK and the US Criterion releases?
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Old 07-20-2015, 05:48 AM   #725
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Foreign Correspondent, The Trouble With Harry, Shadow of a Doubt, and Saboteur all have 5 star transfers, IMO.
I would add Strangers on a Train as another 5 star presentation.
Blu-Ray Wish List: The Asphalt Jungle (1950), Chopping Mall (1986), High Sierra (1941), Kill Baby... Kill! (1966), Dodsworth (1936), His Girl Friday (1940), Roman Holiday (1953), Fingers (1977), Twisted Nerve (1968), Knife In The Water (1962), The Naked Spur (1953), Blood Link (1982), Murder, My Sweet (1944), Eye of the Needle (1981), A Bronx Tale (1993), Targets (1968), Solange (1972), Mirage (1965), Waking The Dead (2000), Secret Agent (1936).
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Man, we need Warner to announce Suspicion and The Wrong Man already
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Man, we need Warner to announce Suspicion and The Wrong Man already
I'd love to get the other titles they control too - Stage Fright, I Confess and Mr & Mrs. Smith.

However at this point I honestly don't think we'll ever get them on BD. If WB was going to release them, it'd have done it with Dial M and Strangers as a boxset, as they did for DVD.
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