Posted January 28 2013 - 05:24 AM
It's tough to choose because there's so much awful stuff out there. Hitchcock and Marilyn are at the top of my list. For me Marilyn's misfire is about far more than packaging. I found none of the transfers to be flawless. Some weren't even adequate. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes has way too much DNR applied. There's No Business Like Show Business had hints of chroma bleeding and noise. The Seven Year Itch's screen caps during the menu actually looked better than the film (I'm still wondering where those screen caps came from - clearly not the transfer as represented). River of No Return's colors were just off. Too blue and beige and piggy pink flesh tones. Yuck! Worse, this collection was hardly what I would deem comprehensive. What's the point of having a Marilyn box without Niagara, Bus Stop and Don't Bother to Knock, to say nothing of the minor Monroe efforts like Let's Make It Legal, Let's Make Love and Monkey Business. Even O'Henry's Playhouse was included in the Monroe DVD box set offering from Fox, though even there Fox omitted River of No Return without any rhyme or reason. Hitchcock MC was so obvious it hurt. I mean, how do you release one of the master's most fondly remembered and beloved films: The Man Who Knew Too Much looking so utterly wrong on virtually every level - color balancing and density the most glaringly obvious misfires. We won't talk about the weird pixelization happening on Marnie. I can't watch either film in its current hi-def incarnation. Ditto for Family Plot - although I confess, I was never a fan of that movie anyway - perfect transfer or not. Vertigo didn't upset me quite as much as it has some, although I will concede its another sloppy offering if we're going for overall perfection - which is what Universal ought to have been aiming for and missed the mark by at least a hundred miles. The whole teal and sepia thing happening on Paramount's Raiders left me feeling cheated, I must say. Those long shots of Washington DC near the end, as well as most of what's going on inside the Mayan cave in the beginning DO NOT look anything like they did in the original theatrical presentation. Who fell asleep at the controls on the mountain and how can I apply for their job? I'm still trying to decide how I feel about Bond 50. Overall - yes. Occasionally - no. Could'a, would'a, should'a...oh hell, I need a vodka martini - shaken...not stirred!