Originally Posted by Robert Crawford
Alright, after watching this BRD in its entirety, I can see why RAH would crap over the video presentation knowing his standards and expertise. With that said, I thought the opening credit sequence with Tex Ritter singing was mediocre at best and I'm being kind there. However, I thought the rest of the BRD wasn't as mediocre and in some sequences, it looked quite good for the most part. No way, should Olive or Paramount be proud with this video presentation as it could've been much better, so instead of getting the highest grade of 5 video-wise, I would give it a 3.5 on my scale. My grade is more forgiving than RAH's, but I think many folks would be satisfied with this BRD, but those of us that want the best possible HD presentations made available to us will not be satisfied with it. The fight to keep pushing these home video companies into giving us their best efforts with the product they're releasing for sale is far from over and I'm afraid we'll never get there in the disc era. Next up, the pod BRD.
Let's look at it this way. So much money has been made on High Noon, that...
1. It deserves to have top quality asset protection.
2. It deserves to be, and can easily be, a top quality Blu-ray
This film has been run to death for decades on TV, then VHS, laserdisc (even Criterion), multiple DVD releases, now Blu-ray.
And they still neither respect their asset nor treat it correctly?
It constantly seems to be how much can we bring on if we do thus and so. Not look at our cash cow, and how it's been treated.
That said, High Noon is a thousand times the quality of My Fair Lady and Spartacus.
All in perspective.