3D Blu-ray Review Man in the Dark 3D Blu-ray Review

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    I would agree with that.
     
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    First let me say that I violated my vow never to purchase from TT, I dislike their business model, to put it mildly. I bought this movie because…well I'm a 3D whore. I hope that casting aspersions upon myself does not violate forum rules. :)

    Ron's comments I mostly agree with. The transfer looked great. There was good 3D depth. The in-your-face factor, was however, disappointing. If I did not already know it, I would guess that this was an early 3D film and the film makers were fumbling around while learning the craft. I thought it particularly bothersome when the projecting surgical instruments would just disappear as a cut was made.

    I was surprised how much I disliked the film in general, even after being prepared for the fact that this was not a top film noir. I wouldn't even give this film credit for being mid-level. I'd give it a C- and I'm being generous at that. The acting was generally mediocre or poor. Even a top actor like Edmund O'Brien didn't do that well. This movie was so light weight that the script must have been written on tissue paper.

    I know it was shot in a hurry, but I'm just judging what I saw on the screen. Just not much there. Had the 3D projections been better, I don't think I would have liked it any better.

    All IMHO of course.
     
  3. Keith Cobby

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    The Mad Magician next please.
     
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    Man in the Dark is a pretty awful film, and certainly not representive of good noir.A gimmick like 3d doesn't help.
     
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    I had a lot of fun with this… it kinda pushed the limits of what my 3D TV can do, so there was a little ghosting and whatnot, but I think that was absolutely my equipment as opposed to a disc problem. The movie itself - not exactly mind-blowing, but a fun b-movie nonetheless. I don't think this was shown at the Film Forum in NYC a few years ago when they ran a three week marathon of 50s 3D titles in dual 35mm, but it would have fit right in with a lot of the titles shown then. Well worth the $30 - hope Twilight Time keeps the vintage 3D coming!
     
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    Watched it last night. The in-your-face scenes worked fine for me. I could reach out and touch them. I freeze-framed them and they all looked fine except for the spider which was a bit blurry. The 1.33:1 image is 93 by 70 inches from my Panasonic AE8000 front projector. I sit about 14 feet from the wall - no screen and it looks great!
     
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    I now have a 3-D projector and gave this a spin today. Although the film itself doesn't improve on a second viewing I was surprised by how much more I enjoyed it in 3-D. To answer my own question it compares very well with The Big Heat.
     

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