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3D Blu-ray Review Dial M for Murder 3D Blu-ray Review

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Neil Middlemiss, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Johnny Angell

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    you were able to asses the menus graphics? My senses were so confounded by the sounds that my vision blurred. :rolleyes:
    As Robert said, worst ever, to paraphrase.
     
  2. Neil Middlemiss

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    It's actually a track from The John Baker Tapes, Volume 1 (Available on Amazon). From the editorial review of that release:

    Rare & Unreleased Workshop Recordings 1963-1969. This groundbreaking release represents the first major retrospective of any BBC Radiophonic composer. The legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop, one of the sound effects units of the BBC, was created in 1958 to produce effects and new music for radio. Sounds for programs were created by using recordings of everyday sounds such as voices, bells, gravel and other raw materials for "radiophonic" manipulations, in which audio tape could be played back at different speeds, pitches, cut and joined, or processed. The Workshop's innovations in manipulative sound is akin to those used in musique concrŠte, and has had a profound influence on the evolution of modern electronic music. By the early 1960s, John Baker (1937-1997) had become permanent Radiophonic staff, and one-third of the holy trinity of composers (the other two being Delia Derbyshire and David Cain), working there throughout the golden 1960s and early 1970s. The 50 tracks on volume 1 of this set represent the major body of important work he produced there, and most tracks have remained unissued, until now. Together, these tracks give an incredible, diverse and magical insight into the man and his methods of working. Rare archive recordings here reveal his production techniques and highlight his innovative trademark sounds and humor. We have jingles, themes, stings, soundtracks and soundscapes from a wide variety of BBC TV, radio and public information broadcasts, as well as exceptionally rare cues from Radiophonic non-broadcast commissions. Highlights include the proto-techno opening for "Dial M For Murder," the electro-jazz intensities of "Vendetta," the plugged-in bossa nova of "Au Printemps," and the revealing "Woman's Hour (Reading Your Letters)" archive interview. All classic stuff. As mentioned before, most of these recordings have remained either lost or unissued until now -- this really is a rare treat and a significant release for followers and fans of vintage British electronics, electroacoustic work, and for buffs of the Delaware Road output. Many of these tracks were even thought lost until they were recently discovered in (his brother) Richard Baker's archive.
     
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    Everybody is somebody's baby.
    Thanks for the insight Neil.
     
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    Trust me. I guarantee that 10 out of 10 non-random people in QC said WTF. They don't get to make those decisions of design, though.
     
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    Am I crazy, or is the shot that begins at 1:28:49 and ending at 1:30:20 not in 3D?
    Most of the film is set back in the stereo window so without the glasses you see two images most times, but in this shot it looks like everything is 2D with and without glasses, except for a weird splitting during the jiggle of a move at 1:29:11 - watch with no glasses to really see it, with glasses on it looks like an odd distortion.
    Could this be a place where they only had one eye? If so, they should have done a conversion as its a lengthy shot and very noticeable that its not in depth.
     
  6. JamesNelson

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    I'm not qualified to answer the part about your sanity... :)
    ...but I can confirm that the section you noted is indeed flat. I don't know the history behind that. I'm sure the 3-D Archive guys will be able to fill us in.
     
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    One thing I had never noticed in previous viewings of this that jumped out while watching the blu ray is the make up of the bruising on Grace Kelly's neck the day after the attack. Getting to see that little detail is just another reason I love blu ray.
     
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    Watching the 2-D version right now. The dupes in this film are, I think, the worst in film history, right up there with Giant and maybe even surpassing Giant. Maybe Mr. Harris can shed some light on why Warners is the only studio in that era that has dupes that bad. They are appalling and yes they've always looked that way. It's actually shocking when you cut out of the optical into first generation photography and see sharp, crisp images.
     
  9. Bob Furmanek

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    WarnerColor.
    This will be addressed in our review, to be published shortly. Stand by...
     
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    Warner Color was an unfortunate process. All prints were struck via step-printed contact direct positive. They were, unfortunately, single strand, which meant that all printer functions were cut in, but not short cut, so that dupes retuned immediately to original. One shot in Giant! was nearly 200 feet of dupe.
    This was an economic political move, to try to get around Technicolor, which, half a century later, has failed again.
    The process went from original to 5216 sep masters to dupe. And neither of the secondary stocks had the necessary quality.
    It was written, then,
    There is no way, short of miraculously finding the original footage to do any better.
    RAH
     
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    Thanks for the information.
    The one thing that I have noted is that Warner Color prints seemed to be a bit less likely to fade. Deluxe prints, which could look great to begin with, were faded by the time the print made it to a drive-in, whereas some Warner Color prints persist in their original ugliness.
    Can you explain this?
     
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    I don't have 3D, but the 2D version looks pretty good. The rear projection is awful and it shows even worse in HD. Some of the shots look soft when compared to the full frame DVD version. I think 1.66 ratio might have been a better idea as some shots look a bit cramped. Maybe it's seeing it 1.33 most of the time. A bit of a let down after North by Northwest and To Catch a Thief, but it's HD Hitchcock, and most of it looks very good indeed. Yes, the menu music is horrid.
     
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    1.85:1 was Hitchcock's intended composition and should be respected. It was his first widescreen movie.
     
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    And there is nothing cramped in any shot in the film - EVER. The framing is perfection at 1.85, as it should be. That's the problem when all that's been shown for decades is the open matte version. The minute you matte down correctly, everyone thinks it's cramped. No.
     
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    My 2 cents on the menu audio- I thought it was interesting and wondered if it might have been used for a later reissue of the movie. Will have to track down the album it came from as I like audio collage type stuff.
    Anybody find the somewhat hidden Japanese audio track and subtitles on this?
     
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    Absolutely agree and I know this. It's just a feeling I got the first time viewing it although I had seen the U.K. DVD that was widescreen a few years ago. There was a lot of headroom in the full frame open matte version!
     
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    I totally agree with you. The depth is very natural looking (except for the brief process screen shots) and the actors look like real people instead of flat cardboard cutouts. I want more 50's 3-D, come on studios, you've got 'em, we want 'em.
     
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    Do any Insiders know how this and Creature from the Black Lagoon have been selling? Are the studios happy with the pre-order numbers, or is it still too early to tell?
     
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    I look forward to doing some House of Wax pre-ordering sometime in the near future.
     
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    As do I, along with anything Mr.Furmanek and his team produce.
     

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