A Few Words About A few words about...™ Hatari! -- in Blu-ray

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  1. Robert Harris

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    Howard Hawks' Hatari!, a trifle of a film from the great Howard Hawks, has arrived from Paramount via WB.

    It appears to be derived from separation masters, and appears to be relatively clean.

    Love the belt buckle.

    Image - 2

    Audio - 4

    RAH

     
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    Certainly one of the five worst Blu-ray transfers ever. I give it a minus 5 :) I'm assuming this is the same as the overseas release, at least that's what I read.
     
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    Maybe I'm feeling generous with a solid 2.

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    I have the British release, which I assume is the same. I think a "2" is about correct. I was disappointed more than anything, but it doesn't look that bad. Is the OCN in such a state (for a 1962 film) that they would have to use the separations?
     
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    I quite like this film. Is it worth upgrading from the DVD?
     
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    To me, while it's a long way from where I'd like it to look, it's certainly better than the old DVD.
     
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    I have no choice but to tell myself it's watchable for a one-time viewing, since (1) I've never seen it, and (2) while in Costco yesterday snatching up El Dorado et al, I completely blanked out on haineshisway's prior warnings about this transfer, and plunked down the additional $12.99. Oy!

    But I do have to see it once. Right?

    After which, I'll send it back out into the world.
     
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    Still, this not-too-great BD makes Universal's SPARTACUS (a minus 1000?) look like Fox's THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY. I bought it and although it could be much, much better, ANY classic film that get a release in this day and age is a miracle and is a must buy for me.
     
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    I just see nothing that's miraculous about a horrible transfer for a beautifully photographed film like Hatari, which could look amazing. It's ugly, verges on being out of focus, and looks nothing like this film should look. Otherwise, I suppose it's lovely.
     
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    There is way too much sharpness enhancement. Hatari is short on story and character. What it has going for it are the adventure and the photography (plus a decent Mancini score). This is on the verge of unwatchable.
     
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    If you're willing to wait, I imagine that eventually it will be packaged together with other John Wayne titles and you can get it then.
     
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    A good point. Thank you. Trouble is: I'll probably by then already have all the other John Wayne movies on Blu-ray! :)
     
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    I'm a huge fan of Howard Hawks fan and find Hatari! great fun & highly enjoyable; but unless I can catch this blu at a real bargain rate, I'll stick with the DVD for now. Too bad so little care is taken with many catalog titles.
     

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