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Old 06-27-2012, 09:46 PM   #1
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Holland Paul Verhoeven's Spetters (1980)

I'm surprised that there was no thread about this.

So finally the Netherlands has its first classic catalog title, and one that's remastered to boot. To be honest, it could have been a bit better. There are no bonus features (there is plenty of material out there, considering the public outrage it created).
The sound, while a DTS-HD MA mono track (I applaud them for that) doesn't really sound remastered or restored at all. The picture is the best part of the release.
The colors are bright (perhaps a bit too much) and sharpness and grain are plentiful. I'm really surprised by how it looks, since we generally don't give our movies this treatment.
The American MGM DVD (which gave us an audio commentary from Verhoeven, as opposed to this Dutch release) has a 1.66:1 ratio, and this a 1.78:1, but I don't know in what ratio the movie was projected. It does look really good in 1.78:1, so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt.
The cover looks absolutely awful, but apparently every movie, old and new, needs a generic photoshop cover.
Oh, and apparently a few seconds have been added, but I honestly haven't been able to notice those. They used to be there in the release prints, but were cut out of the home video releases. Maybe they were already there on the MGM DVD, or maybe I'm just terrible at noticing those things.
Anyway, I do think that this is a very fine BD. And region-free to boot!

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