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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Jan 29, 2013.
This enhanced/non enhanced with natural grain stuff has me worried. I'm going to wait for a review. Someone send this to Mr. Harris, STAT!
Reviews have essentially been: ignore the "enhanced version", but the "raw" version is the best the film has ever looked on home video (which, due to its public domain status, has seen numerous poor releases). http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/White-Zombie-Blu-ray/56753/#Review http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_58/white_zombie_blu-ray.htm
I wish this was an option on more titles - I'd love to get a "raw" Bond set.
If I were to guess what happened on this title (and this is wholly a guess), I imagine that Kino got the "enhanced" version from the company they licensed from and were rather disappointed with the results. Fortunately they were able to release the "raw" version as a "bonus" on the disc. I would guess they'd like to emphasize it more than that but were probably prohibited to do so for contractual reasons (i.e, they had to promote the version licensed). They had a few shorts on the Keaton Shorts Collection with the same enhanced/non-enhanced options.
I was really excited about this release until I read DVD Savant thoughts on it. I will hold off http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s4071zomb.html
Yeash, sounds like a mess. I'll wait for this to hit some kind of sale if I get it at all. I never did see this one, always been waiting for a definitive release. I guess I have to wait longer. :S
This is a terribly frustrating release. Too bad they couldn’t have done a third version that was sort of in the middle of the restored and raw. I am no expert on presenting these old films with iffy elements on BluRay, but the restored version looks like what stills look like if I try to correct them with my small photoshop program and hit the Auto Smart Fix button. It usually screws things up more. And I have more luck if I individually correct elements by eye. The sound for the raw version is just that, scratchy sound, all kinds of ticks and bumps in the track and a fairly high hiss level. The restored version cleans it up considerably and I think an improvement. The picture on the raw version has a lot more detail, but is filled with scratches, markings, missing frames, etc. The restored version improves that part of picture, but with the clean-up, we get smeary picture, poorer contrast, and lack of a certain kind of sharpness. But it does show me what the extremes look like and with imagination, I can see a pretty decent presentation. But if I have to use my imagination, I guess I should go read a book.
what i had hoped for was going to be the best possible release version, didnt happen, well thankfuly the raw version is on there as well, i know it in the PD, but come on where is the effort to do it right. For those intrested there is another PD title from the same era, that shows what a release like this could have been, and that would be The Most Dangerous Game from Flickeralley, had that level of work ben done to get this right, i think we would all have been pleased.
Cary Roan (formerly of The Roan Group) is going to release his 35mm print of WHITE ZOMBIE on Blu-ray through VCI Home video.
Here is the information I got from VCI about Cary's new HD transfer:
Roan has done a new 4k HD transfer of his materials, plus I believe he has found some new materials to improve some of the scenes. I have seen his rough transfer, before any restoration, and it should produce a very nice Blu-ray. Roan guaranteed me it would blow the Kino version away. We are supposed to get the completed master any day. He is also going to provide a new commentary track by Gary Don Rhodes (wrote book on White Zombie), plus all of the other extras from the laser disc and DVD.
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