Best Blu-ray Movie Deals

Best Blu-ray Movie Deals, See All the Deals »
Top deals | Price drops  
 All countries United States United Kingdom Canada Germany France Spain Italy Japan
Justice League 3D (Blu-ray)
£12.99
23 hrs ago
Justice League (Blu-ray)
£7.49
18 hrs ago
Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
£17.99
 
Loveless (Blu-ray)
£7.49
 
The Mind of Mr Soames (Blu-ray)
£14.99
 
Halloween (Blu-ray)
£7.00
 
The Shape of Water (Blu-ray)
£9.99
 
Finding Your Feet (Blu-ray)
£7.49
 
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Blu-ray)
£9.99
 
Wonder Woman (Blu-ray)
£6.99
 
Red Sparrow (Blu-ray)
£10.00
 
Alien 1-6 Boxset (Blu-ray)
£15.77
 
What's your next favorite movie?
Join our movie community to find out


Image from: Life of Pi (2012)

Go Back   Blu-ray Forum > Movies > Blu-ray Movies - International > United Kingdom and Ireland


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-19-2011, 06:36 PM   #1
The Driver The Driver is offline
Blu-ray Guru
 
The Driver's Avatar
 
Feb 2009
UK
1
United Kingdom High Hopes (Mike Leigh) February 2011



What a treat. Hopefully!

http://www.play.com/DVD/Blu-ray/4-/1...s/Product.html
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004IZ3VLS/

# Mike Leigh On High Hopes (4 mins)
# On Set News Footage (4 mins)
# Original Production Notes
# Original Biographies
# Stills Gallery
# Poster Gallery


Looks like the Blu-ray is a copy of the SE DVD. Oddly there seems to be 2 parallel DVDs of this in the UK. Review of the Fabulous Films release here

Lovely British film.


http://www.fabulousfilms.co.uk
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2011, 08:49 PM   #2
McCrutchy McCrutchy is offline
Contributor
 
McCrutchy's Avatar
 
Dec 2008
East Coast, USA
2
2888
137
5
12
Default

Excellent to finally get some Mike Leigh on Blu-ray.

I hope we could see Naked at some point.
"You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment."
  Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2011, 03:42 PM   #3
The Driver The Driver is offline
Blu-ray Guru
 
The Driver's Avatar
 
Feb 2009
UK
1
Default

Dropped to 8.99 http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004IZ3VLS/
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2011, 05:43 AM   #4
kinoeye kinoeye is offline
Active Member
 
Dec 2009
408
5
Default

Would love to know if this is region free.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2011, 06:14 AM   #5
The Driver The Driver is offline
Blu-ray Guru
 
The Driver's Avatar
 
Feb 2009
UK
1
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kinoeye View Post
Would love to know if this is region free.
It's had a delay I think until the end of the month but as soon as it arrives I'll check the playback on my US player.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2011, 05:29 AM   #6
kinoeye kinoeye is offline
Active Member
 
Dec 2009
408
5
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Driver View Post
It's had a delay I think until the end of the month but as soon as it arrives I'll check the playback on my US player.
Fantastic! I'll keep my eyes on this forum. Thanks.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2011, 11:44 AM   #7
The Driver The Driver is offline
Blu-ray Guru
 
The Driver's Avatar
 
Feb 2009
UK
1
Default

Arrived!


Scan of the cover


Looks to be locked Region B. Only loads to a black screen. That's usually a sign of a crap disc producer as they've not managed to figure out the technology and load the appropriate "WRONG REGION F*** OFF" message. I think if it contained PAL (it may well do too) then you usually get a warning before the errr.. warning.

Anyways, gave the disc a spin and it looks utter shit. DVD quality. I'd usually hold fire with such an opinion but it's bad enough for me to say that on first look. We've seen what can be done with material like this from Criterion with Leigh's Naked so no reason here apart from laziness, ignorance and a complete lack of respect for their licensed property.

2nd worse transfer I've seen behind the Australia release of Pulp Fiction.

Saying all that, let's not be too rash, I'll pencil it in to watch it

Maybe someone else can comment on their first impressions.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2011, 12:47 PM   #8
Bruce Morrison Bruce Morrison is offline
Power Member
 
Feb 2007
United Kingdom
1585
777
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Driver View Post
Looks to be locked Region B. Only loads to a black screen. That's usually a sign of a crap disc producer as they've not managed to figure out the technology and load the appropriate "WRONG REGION F*** OFF" message. I think if it contained PAL (it may well do too) then you usually get a warning before the errr.. warning.

Anyways, gave the disc a spin and it looks utter shit. DVD quality. I'd usually hold fire with such an opinion but it's bad enough for me to say that on first look. We've seen what can be done with material like this from Criterion with Leigh's Naked so no reason here apart from laziness, ignorance and a complete lack of respect for their licensed property.

2nd worse transfer I've seen behind the Australia release of Pulp Fiction.

Saying all that, let's not be too rash, I'll pencil it in to watch it

Maybe someone else can comment on their first impressions.

I noticed it's been released by some outfit named "Fabulous Films". Well, the films may be fabulous, but they sound like one to avoid.
Blu-ray players Panasonic BDT170, Sony BDP3700 (Multi-region), Denon X4100W receiver, Panasonic 46PZ80 Plasma TV, 5.0 speaker system: KEF Reference Model 3 (fronts), KEF Model 200C (centre), Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 (surrounds) (subwoofer to be added shortly)
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2011, 11:40 PM   #9
kinoeye kinoeye is offline
Active Member
 
Dec 2009
408
5
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Driver View Post
Arrived!


Scan of the cover


Looks to be locked Region B. Only loads to a black screen. That's usually a sign of a crap disc producer as they've not managed to figure out the technology and load the appropriate "WRONG REGION F*** OFF" message. I think if it contained PAL (it may well do too) then you usually get a warning before the errr.. warning.

Anyways, gave the disc a spin and it looks utter shit. DVD quality. I'd usually hold fire with such an opinion but it's bad enough for me to say that on first look. We've seen what can be done with material like this from Criterion with Leigh's Naked so no reason here apart from laziness, ignorance and a complete lack of respect for their licensed property.

2nd worse transfer I've seen behind the Australia release of Pulp Fiction.

Saying all that, let's not be too rash, I'll pencil it in to watch it

Maybe someone else can comment on their first impressions.
Too bad. I saw this film a long time ago and I remember it being one of my favorite of his films. I could imagine wear and tear to the print over time but it the PQ sounds really unfortunate.

According to imdb, the film was shot 1:85 and according to the back of your scan, the blu ray has a 4X3 aspect ratio which showcases the real lack of effort put into this disc.

I don't own a multiregion player yet. If I get one, I might not bother with this release at all. I suppose I had High Hopes for this release that weren't met.

Thanks for the info.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2011, 05:00 AM   #10
The Driver The Driver is offline
Blu-ray Guru
 
The Driver's Avatar
 
Feb 2009
UK
1
Default

The 4:3 quote is just laziness as the film is framed for 16:9 (doesn't mean that's right but it looks as it's always done in 'widescreen' to me). The format was odd at the cinema IIRC.

The transfer is shit for sure but it's still an upgrade (just) to the DVD.

I think Freemantle own this film or license it off someone and then on to Fabulous Films. Not sure if Freemantle own that company.

It's just -literally- a bad transfer (nothing to do with age) due to technical problems (worst artefacts I've seen apart from Tremors of course) and I also consider the disc badly 'mastered'. I use that in the loose sense because nobody involved with this disc's production is a master of anything except crapness.

I was putting up some new shelves over the last few days and it amazes me what will not ever get it to Blu-ray. It's never going to happen and if it did it would essentially be upscaled with a few flashing lights on your AV amp to say it's 'better'. We can only accept (or be happy with the DVD) these odd bad releases so I'll try and smooth my opinion a bit but there's no getting away from it, this release does not benefit from the Blu-ray disc format.

I paid 8.99 for it. That's more than enough.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2011, 11:17 PM   #11
peptalk peptalk is offline
Member
 
Aug 2010
A Bridge Too Far
1997
13
1
Default

1080i
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2011, 08:41 AM   #12
The Driver The Driver is offline
Blu-ray Guru
 
The Driver's Avatar
 
Feb 2009
UK
1
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by peptalk View Post
1080i
Yeah, it's safe to say we have a DVD on a Blu-ray.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2011, 12:54 PM   #13
Arkadin Arkadin is offline
Blu-ray Ninja
 
Arkadin's Avatar
 
Mar 2007
...somewhere in Sweden
-
1
9
Default

a review on amazon.uk says it is essentially a dvd on a blu-ray.
sounds like we have another "The 39 Steps" debacle.
what a shame.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2011, 02:18 PM   #14
The Driver The Driver is offline
Blu-ray Guru
 
The Driver's Avatar
 
Feb 2009
UK
1
Default

I've not seen The 39 Steps alas but the debacle of this transfer shouldn't put everyone off as it's still -albeit not literally- an upgrade to the DVD. I realise it's poor but it's better than nothing. The special features are interesting and the version you order is that version -the DVD releases had some barcode/UPC errors and people got the version with no special features IIRC.

Not an attitude I take lightly but I think this is only one of a very small handful of Blu-rays I've bought that are not worthy of the format. I struggle to think of any others -there's a few Australian 1080i releases which are pretty good too.

At least the distributor will make very little from this release. That's the best we can hope for.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2011, 03:57 PM   #15
buffetfroid buffetfroid is offline
Senior Member
 
buffetfroid's Avatar
 
Dec 2009
302
Default

This is very disappointing.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2011, 04:13 PM   #16
Arkadin Arkadin is offline
Blu-ray Ninja
 
Arkadin's Avatar
 
Mar 2007
...somewhere in Sweden
-
1
9
Default

The 39 Steps bd looks almost identical to the Criterion dvd upscaled, and the Criterion release may even look a tad sharper.
sounds like this release is similar.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2011, 06:32 PM   #17
nametag nametag is offline
Blu-ray Guru
 
nametag's Avatar
 
Jan 2010
London, UK
338
93
4
Default

I'd be interested in seeing a side by side blu-ray to DVD comparison for this. I didn't get the impression from The Driver's comments that the situation was quite as bad as the 39 Steps thing.

I may still get it, because I want to get Blu-ray when I can and I can't imagine this ever getting another BD release anytime soon.

I'd like to see more Leigh, though. Secrets and Lies would be great, as would Another Year which bizzarely has no set BD release yet despite already being out on DVD. I can't think of another recent new release that has had no planned BD release at all. Topsy-Turvy is coming out on Criterion soon as well - has anyone else seen this film, what's it like?

EDIT: I see Another Year is now on Amazon.com as a blu-ray/DVD combo only. I hope that doesn't mean DVD packaging, with no other releases. Oh well, no release date yet, time will tell!

Last edited by nametag; 03-11-2011 at 06:52 PM.
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2011, 07:28 PM   #18
John Hodson John Hodson is offline
Active Member
 
John Hodson's Avatar
 
Oct 2009
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by nametag View Post
Topsy-Turvy is coming out on Criterion soon as well - has anyone else seen this film, what's it like?
On the face of it, an atypical Leigh project, but a beautiful examination of not only the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan but also the world they live in. It's a fascinating, tragi-comic tale, wonderfully and lovingly filmed, acted and sung.

One of my favourite Mike Leigh films.
LG OLED65C7V; Oppo DV-983H; Oppo BDP-80 MR; Oppo UDP-203 MR; Virgin TiVo V6; Pioneer SC-LX59; Quad L Classic Centre; Mission 774s; Mission 77DSs; Yamaha YST-SW320;Tsunami TS300; Harmony One
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2011, 09:46 PM   #19
Bruce Morrison Bruce Morrison is offline
Power Member
 
Feb 2007
United Kingdom
1585
777
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by nametag View Post
I'd like to see more Leigh, though. Secrets and Lies would be great, as would Another Year which bizzarely has no set BD release yet despite already being out on DVD. I can't think of another recent new release that has had no planned BD release at all. Topsy-Turvy is coming out on Criterion soon as well - has anyone else seen this film, what's it like?
Topsy Turvy is an excellent film and Jim Broadbent is especially good as Gilbert. I'll be very happy to have this on Blu-ray.

The other Mike Leigh film I would really like to have on Blu is Vera Drake, his absorbing look at the issue of illegal abortions in 50's Britain.
Blu-ray players Panasonic BDT170, Sony BDP3700 (Multi-region), Denon X4100W receiver, Panasonic 46PZ80 Plasma TV, 5.0 speaker system: KEF Reference Model 3 (fronts), KEF Model 200C (centre), Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 (surrounds) (subwoofer to be added shortly)
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 06:41 AM   #20
arisdisc arisdisc is offline
Junior Member
 
Apr 2010
2
Default

One of the very worst looking BluRay's I've ever seen. It's downright blurry.
Avoid.
  Reply With Quote
Reply
Go Back   Blu-ray Forum > Movies > Blu-ray Movies - International > United Kingdom and Ireland


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 07:32 AM.