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HTF BLU-RAY REVIEW: The Maltese Falcon



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#1 of 20 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted September 30 2010 - 05:28 PM

The Feature: 5/5 Video Quality: 4.5/5 Audio Quality: 4/5 Special Features: 4.5/5 Overall Score (not an average): 4.5/5 Warner Home Video turns in a fantastic technical presentation of John Huston's quintessential and trend setting film noir. The special features includes some highly re-watchable pieces that are both entertaining and highly informative. Owners of the DVD will find the Blu-ray release a tempting upgrade given the right price point, and first time buyers will see it as an obvious addition to their collections.

#2 of 20 OFFLINE   BethHarrison

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Posted September 30 2010 - 08:18 PM

r This sounds great, but I'm going to skip it and wait for The Big Sleep to appear on Blu. I already have the original and 3 disc reissue of The Maltese Falcon. From memory The Big Sleep was only released on DVD once, so it deserves a new transfer.

#3 of 20 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted September 30 2010 - 11:27 PM

Thanks for the review, Cameron. Glad to read that the transfer was well done. I have this, as well as Treasure of the Sierra Madre, on pre-order, and am really looking forward to seeing more Bogey in HD!



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Posted October 01 2010 - 02:39 AM

Good review, Cameron.  Thanks.  I have had this pre-ordered for $17.50 at Amazon since July, but I may cancel it and wait for it to go on sale since I have the previously released DVD. It's hard to imagine when it will be cheaper than $17.50 though.
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Posted October 01 2010 - 03:46 AM

Thanks for the review Cameron.  Now that it has your blessing its time to get it pre-ordered.  I don't see it going below the current price for some time to come.  Warner is to be commended for not just releasing classic titles, but for doing it with great video quality and lossless audio.

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Posted October 01 2010 - 03:53 AM



Originally Posted by Frank Ha 

Good review, Cameron.  Thanks.  I have had this pre-ordered for $17.50 at Amazon since July, but I may cancel it and wait for it to go on sale since I have the previously released DVD. It's hard to imagine when it will be cheaper than $17.50 though.




 I am patiently waiting for mine to ship as I bought it at that pricepoint plus I had a $25 gift certificate that knocked that price down even more, when I bought that title along with Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Exorcist.








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#7 of 20 OFFLINE   Cameron Yee

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Posted October 01 2010 - 04:57 AM

Now that it has your blessing its time to get it pre-ordered.


Now that Robert Harris has also blessed it, I feel great.



#8 of 20 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted October 01 2010 - 09:54 AM



[quote]Originally Posted by Cameron Yee [url=/forum/thread/304557/htf-blu-ray-review-the-maltese-falcon#post_3734895]




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Posted October 01 2010 - 03:50 PM

Great review, Cameron. I knew this was being prepared for Blu-ray. Somehow it snuck up on me that it is being released this week! I have now pre-ordered this and Sierra Madre.



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Posted October 02 2010 - 03:22 AM

You know what?  I not only decided to keep my order with Amazon, I also went ahead and pre-ordered Treasure of the Sierra Madre even though I just watched the DVD a couple of months ago.  Two great movies at a good price.  What's not to like.
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Posted October 02 2010 - 06:37 AM

Thanks for the solid review and all the details, Cameron -- for a different, perfectly complementary take alongside RAH's.   It's nice to see different (quality) takes from different (film-loving-and-respecting) perspectives w/ these reviews here -- certainly one very good reason to frequent HTF. And as I mentioned in RAH's "a few words..." thread, I very much look forward to owning (and seeing for the first time) this great classic! Thanks again! _Man_

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Posted November 01 2010 - 06:28 AM

Thanks to careful restoration jobs by Warner and Paramount, Humphrey Bogart/John Huston fans have an embarrassment of riches with BD releases of "The African Queen", "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre"! Kudos and thanks to all the people involved in making this possible!!!

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Posted November 09 2010 - 01:59 AM

Interesting comment on the Beaver's message board:


A fellow Beaver member (Louis) has confirmed my earlier report that the Warner
Region A Blu ray release of The Maltese Falcon has destroyed the worth of the
significant extra feature on the disc (historically and artistically
significant) of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performing 'Gaite Parisienne'.
This special feature was also on the last DVD issue, and looked sensational.
Sadly, that SD feature has not been ported across to the Blu ray. Instead, a new
SD transfer has been made, from a print with missing frames, with the
Technicolor image suddenly murky and fuzzy - it's a severe degradation bad
enough to be comparatively unviewable.
Does no-one at Warner nowadays check on what's being released before it's put on
the marketplace? It seems unbelievable that this could happen. Do we think
there's a chance of a new edition to replace this botched job?



Anyone here confirm that?


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Posted November 09 2010 - 02:48 AM



Originally Posted by John Hodson 

Interesting comment on the Beaver's message board:


A fellow Beaver member (Louis) has confirmed my earlier report that the Warner
Region A Blu ray release of The Maltese Falcon has destroyed the worth of the
significant extra feature on the disc (historically and artistically
significant) of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performing 'Gaite Parisienne'.


Ok, I'll show my ignorance.  What is the significance of having a ballet performance on this disc?  Is the music used on the sound track?


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Posted November 09 2010 - 02:58 AM

It's a filmed short that forms part of the 'Warner Night at The Movies' feature on the disc.
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Posted November 09 2010 - 09:58 AM



Originally Posted by John Hodson 

Interesting comment on the Beaver's message board:


A fellow Beaver member (Louis) has confirmed my earlier report that the Warner
Region A Blu ray release of The Maltese Falcon has destroyed the worth of the
significant extra feature on the disc (historically and artistically
significant) of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performing 'Gaite Parisienne'.
This special feature was also on the last DVD issue, and looked sensational.
Sadly, that SD feature has not been ported across to the Blu ray. Instead, a new
SD transfer has been made, from a print with missing frames, with the
Technicolor image suddenly murky and fuzzy - it's a severe degradation bad
enough to be comparatively unviewable.
Does no-one at Warner nowadays check on what's being released before it's put on
the marketplace? It seems unbelievable that this could happen. Do we think
there's a chance of a new edition to replace this botched job?



Anyone here confirm that?


I sure can. The version on the DVD is gorgeous and beautifully transferred. The version on the BD is... well, there's no other way to put it: simply awful. Looks like 16mm, a used and abused print that starts right off the bat with splice after splice. Not that it matters with all that, but a mediocre transfer, too. Someone somewhere along the line pulled a major, major boner here.



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Posted November 09 2010 - 10:21 AM

Great review (other then hearing about the crap quality of the short).  I still think I'm going to hold off a bit. I'm still really pleased with my previous Maltese and Sierra DVDs.  Once these get even cheaper, I'll probably bite though.

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Posted November 09 2010 - 07:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Paul Penna 

I sure can. The version on the DVD is gorgeous and beautifully transferred. The version on the BD is... well, there's no other way to put it: simply awful. Looks like 16mm, a used and abused print that starts right off the bat with splice after splice. Not that it matters with all that, but a mediocre transfer, too. Someone somewhere along the line pulled a major, major boner here.



Thank you Paul; that's a real shame.


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Posted November 10 2010 - 05:24 AM

Bummers about the awful quality of the short. I guess Warner's release plate might be getting a bit too full for them to catch every such issue.  They also seem to be slipping a little bit in terms of quality results in general too as they ramp up their release schedule (though this is just my vague impression of things at the moment).  Hopefully, they get these kinds of issues quickly under control as they continue to ramp up their releases... _Man_

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Posted November 10 2010 - 06:00 AM

I must say it was fun to watch MF again. Certainly the AV quality is an upgrade over the DVD. The dialog has never been more clear. Sam Spade rules....





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