A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Postman Always Rings Twice -- in Blu-ray

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  1. Robert Harris

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    James M. Cain's classic noir novel, translated for this 1981 production by David Mamet, directed by Bob Rafelson, and photographed by Sven Nykvist, is one of those films that just overflows with the feeling of the '40s.

    This was a difficult DVD to create, as much of the imagery has a highly filtered, gauzy look.

    Finally, released by Warner Home Video, everything is in place. Every grain is where it should be, with absolutely perfect and pristine textures.

    Color is perfect.  Great black levels, shadow detail where it's called for.  Audio is DTS-MS HD 1.0, just where it should be.

    Great performances, great film.

    Great Blu-ray.

    Image - 5

    Audio - 5

    Highly Recommended.

    RAH

     
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    Haven't seen this version since it first came out in the early eighties (always preferred the John Garfield version myself).

    But whenever I see the "double nickel" that RAH awards to these releases.... Well, I just lose all self control!!

    Are you by any chance related to the fellow who did those Lays potato chips commercials? ("Betcha can't eat just one!")
     
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    Same here, never was a big fan of this version as the original is one of my favorite films.
     
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    The original is black and white. This is color. What's your problem? You don't like color?I'd say it's also stereo, but...
     
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    I was nine years old when this came out and I always remember the "grown ups" talking about what a good movie it was - so will definitely check it out. I was busy seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark multiples times that year. :)
     
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    Which one? The American or the Italian version?
     
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    I'm holding out for 3D.
     
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    "Just turn the color off" used to be the mantra.
     
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    Sounds great Mr Harris, I do think it's a shame that when Original Stereo Music tracks are available, they are not used for an alternate Stereo re-mix track, especially if they are taking the time to transfer the picture at 2/4K - and are likely to be the last masters produced for these films for quite some time. If the soundtrack album is in Stereo, surely the film music soundtrack can be too - assuming the D&E elements exist?

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    This one had me hooked from the opening shot, which, if my memory is any good, was a twilight sky with dark below, and then a silhouette with a fedora, and a lit cigarette that illuminates Nicholson's face. Fantastic. I knew I was in for a great ride.
     

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