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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Mar 22, 2013.
Fair to middlin' movie, but should benefit immensely by a quality Bluray transfer. Fingers crossed.
DVD special features are transferred but unfortunately this does not include all of the footage shot for the TV version. The supplements give us only the footage related to the added romance subplot of Heston and Susan Sullivan, while the Battle Of Coral Sea sequence was not included.
I much prefer In Harm's Way to Midway.
i guess this will be the theatrical edition. however i remember seeing the film on vhs with the coral sea battle footage.
Maybe there's hope for a good Universal WWII pic, MacArthur. It's a whole lot better than Midway.
I hope it has better sound than mono, I remember this having that sensaround sound when my dad took me to the theater to see it,
Yes..SenseSurround! Earthquake, Midway and Rollecoaster all has this vibrating rumble in theaters.
To complete the list:
Krakatoa East of Java (retitled Volcano) 1975 in Feelarama, a variation of Sensurround
Battlestar Galactica 1978 also had Sensurround
Zoot Suit (1981) in Sensurround Plus.
I'm looking forward to "The Shadow" being released the same time as "Midway".
Where is the love for Midway? Thanks for the heads up about The Shadow. Been looking forward to that on disc in OAR for about 15 years.
I think "Midway" is a great film when it sticks to the real history. I have always given this movie credit for inspiring me to read more about the battle, especially books like Walter Lord's "Incredible Victory". It was really the last of the old-Hollywood style war movies that could serve as a launching point for the viewer to learn more about the real stories.
Unfortunately, the film gets bogged down by the bad fictional subplot involving Heston's son and his Japanese girlfriend which was little more than an attempt to appease 1970s PC sensitivites about not presenting America as pure and noble even in the just struggle of WW2. And it was also unfortunate that we couldn't have the Japanese characters speaking their own language with subtitles as had been done in "Tora! Tora! Tora!" Those aside, I think it still holds up better than any other film about a WW2 battle since (don't get me started on "Pearl Harbor"!)
I would agree with the sentiments about the subplot of Heston's son and the girl. It definitely detracts from the movie. Not sure I will get this movie, primarily because of the boring and unnecessary subplot. The action/battle scenes are great and will undoubtably look great on Bluray, but not sure if they can overcome the subplot, at least for me.
I love Midway. My only issue with it are the times they sub a modern day angled deck carrier for a WW2 era single deck. But hey, it is what it is. At least the planes make real era moves!
AFAIK the only Sensurround film (other than Zoot Suit which was Dolby) mixed in stereo is Earthquake.
I can't wait for June 4! I hope it looks and sounds great!
I viewed the BD of Midway in its entirety and thought it looked very good which was a surprise to me. There are two different English audio tracks on it, but I viewed it with the DTS-HD Master Audio with DTS Digital Surround. To be honest, I didn't pay much attention to the audio as I was concentrating on the video portion of the presentation while multi-tasking with some work-related tasks. It will interesting to read comments from others about this BD.
Originally, Sensurround was just plain old mono with AWESOME bass!
great stuff! being so young at the time all I remember was "COOL"! LOL
I am very happy to hear that you were pleased, Robert. I took a chance on it and have it coming in later this week. I saw this film theatrically and I've always enjoyed it. I don't think it is a great film but there is something about it that has always worked for me. Perhaps because it feels like a 'throwback' to old school Hollywood film making which was disappearing when this was made? I'm way behind on my viewing but this is another feature that I might spin up this weekend.