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A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Verdict -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, May 9, 2013.

  1. Moe Dickstein

    Moe Dickstein Filmmaker

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    The Morning After is one I saw on TV by chance and got sucked into it. The DVD is somewhat rare, but I've got it on order to hear the Lumet and Fonda commentary.
    Also found an interesting article on the making of The Verdict, there's a bit of talk about the inspiration for the particular look of the film:
    http://www.donshewey.com/arts_articles/sidney_lumet.html
     
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    Like to see Newman's directed "Rachel, Rachel" (1968) come out on blu-ray...
     
  3. haineshisway

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    There's plenty of blue in the photography actually - Mr. Newman's eyes for one obvious example, plus the weather outside for another. Where I would agree with you is that there's not much blue in clothing or set design. But they didn't drain blue from the film's timing or it wouldn't have any - blue :)
     
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    Sadly I must agree with Mr. Harris here. A beautifully photographed film by one of the 1980s best cameramen. Not here.
     
  5. Moe Dickstein

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    I think they did a lot with set dressing and lighting to get the effect, as referred to in the article i linked above.
     
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    Wow. It seems like Fox's newer catalog releases are a bit hit-and-miss. That Thing You Do was a disaster and now The Verdict? I guess they want to put more effort into their older classics, which I admire, but how much effort would it take to get The Verdict right?
     
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    This is such a bummer, since The Verdict is probably in my top ten. Watched it last night and it does look like little to no effort was made to clean it up. Could have been so much better with a new scan and dirt removal at least. Definitely from an older source. Watchable, barely. I'd agree with the 3 out of 5 given on this site, slanting towards lower.
    Someone in the marketing department must have thought this would sell ten copies. Their $13 pricing point must mean "here it is and don't complain, 'cuz we're selling it cheap." I would've paid $20 for a nicely minted source.
     
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    That Thing You Do was absolutely not a disaster. You've obviously been reading the wrong reviews.
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/topic/322612-that-thing-you-do-blu-ray-review/
     
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    After reading this thread I decided to pick up the SD double disc edition for the extras that didn't make it over to the Blu and for quality which apparently at least matches the Blu.
     
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    Just finished watching THE VERDICT for the very first time on Blu-ray.

    Sensational film. Can't believe I missed this stunning performance from
    Paul Newman all these years. And, what a treat to watch the great James
    Mason in one of his final movie roles.

    For me, not knowing perhaps how the film should look, I can't say that
    resolution wise, the overall transfer looked as bad as it's being made out to
    be. I did notice some softness issues. However, I had no idea that I had
    bought, THE VERDICT: THE SPECKLED EDITION. There is just an array
    of speckling throughout the entire print. You would think something like that
    could have easily been cleaned up before releasing it to Blu-ray.

    So, it's quite astonishing to see how much love was given to BRUBAKER and
    how little was given to THE VERDICT. You would think the effort should have
    gone to the latter title.
     
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    The Verdict is just completely great in every respect. All this talk about it, and I'm going to have to watch it again. Soon.

    It's too bad, because Newman's Absence of Malice from the year before is also thrilling -- if not quite the same caliber, but I still tend to think of the two of them in one breath -- and that one got quite a nice Blu-ray. And then there's The Color of Money a few years later..... Where was the LUV when it came to the transfers of these other great Newman films? What a shame.
     
  12. Matt Hough

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    Yes, compared to The Color of Money's transfer, The Verdict looks stupendous.
     
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    Mr Epstein/Mr Hough, I´ve read on a website that there should be German audio on the disc?
    Is it correct?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Adrian, the disc includes English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian audio tracks.
     
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    I would agree with Ron's assessment exactly. There was a great deal of dirt and artifact speckling through many parts of the movie, but overall I was satisfied with the presentation and resolution. It is certainly better than the existing DVD that I had.
     
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    I strongly suspect it's the same transfer as the last DVD - I'd be shocked to find out they did anything with that transfer to "update it" for Blu-ray...
     
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    Thanks Ray.....- I´m looking forward for this film though I read that it hasn´t got the great picture quality of "Brubaker".
     
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    It's been a few years on now, any whispers/ chances of a resto / re-scan of this title?
     
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    This is such a great film and Newman (and the whole cast really) is truly wonderful in it. It certainly deserves to get the first class blu-ray treatment.
     
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