Posted September 19 2007 - 09:24 PM
In regards to the Image vs. Kino discussion...
Kino's PQ is definitely crisper than the Image disc however there is a awful lot of print damage and unstable image in the KINO release...it says on the package that this print is "mastered from a color-tinted 35mm negative restored by the Cineteca del Comune die Bologna at the laboratories of L'Immagine Ritrovata. It is licensed by Transit Films on behalf of the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden, Germany." however considering the damage and unstable image was there any digital clean up done to this at all? I don't believe so. It's true that the Image release is rather soft because of the digital work done to it but it has a much cleaner image and the frame doesn't jump around nearly as much as the KINO print.
Nonetheless the KINO print is sharp and much more detail is revealed...I just wish the had done at least a little clean up to it, the only other distraction on the Kino disc is that it is DARK...man I mean dark dark. This may indeed give it some detail boost but I think they could have restrained themselves at least a little bit on the gamma controls.
The music...yeah, well...I miss the organ score on the Image release, the two Kino scores are on either end of the spectrum, the Gerard Hourbette and Thierry Zabiotzeff score (performed by Art Floyd...whoever that is) is the better of the two in certain spots but is overly heavy handed...hell..completely HEAVY HANDED all the way through...even so it is serviceable and is much better than the 5.1 electronic score on the Image disc, the other score is by Donald Sosis with vocals by Greta Schroder and also has it's up's & down's but in the end, at least in my opinion, is entirely too light for the film...I mean how many synth pan flutes can a person take in a horror film...hell, how many pan flutes can a person take at all?
I eagerly await this release as I feel neither of the upscale R1 releases have completely done the film justice. Fingers crossed.
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