Posted January 28 2013 - 06:08 AM
Okay, I voted for Sony. Truly, I've never been disappointed with a disc from Sony. Not Lawrence, or Guns of Navarone, or Taxi Driver, A League of Their Own, Annie, Dr. Strangelove, et al. I think Sony has set a standard - not surprising since they darn well invented Blu-ray technology. I appreciate Warner's consistency in output, but I find their quality from time to time an issue. The Bad Seed wasn't what I expected, and neither was Dead Ringer or Coma. Warner has sooooo much catalogue under its roof its difficult to decide what to restore and when to restore it. I have to give WB a big hug for Grand Hotel which has never looked this good on home video before. Many thanks. But I had issues with the audio at the start of my Mrs. Miniver and found elements of Driving Miss Daisy problematic (check out the scene where Daisy and Hoke are pulled over at the side of the road and eating lunch on route to Mobile and you'll see some odd - if very faint - color strobe). They also had some weirdness going on with The Bonfire of the Vanities; picture flicker or something during the infamous 'photocopying' scene. I'm also not sure how WB can justify another snatch and money grab for The Best Years of Our Lives, Wuthering Heights and The Bishop's Wife on DVD at the start of 2013 - utterly flawed elements, disastrous mastering borrowed from the Fox/MGM acquisition and merely repackaged to reflect the new Goldwyn Studio logo. What was the rush with The Bishop's Wife reissue? A Christmas release reissued in the middle of January?!?! Okay, Zanuck released Miracle on 34th Street in July theatrically. But I won't go there any more than I'd contemplate releasing Yankee Doodle Dandy on any other date other than the 4th of July. With the Blu-ray release of Goldwyn's Guys and Dolls and Hans Christian Andersen I thought we were on a solid road to recovery for the Samuel Goldwyn titles. Could be I was mistaken! So, does WB do a good job? Sure. Could they do better? Hey fellas, there's always room for improvement.