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#21 of 31 ONLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted February 17 2013 - 05:53 AM

You have your scoring system and I have mine.  Nothing else to say from my end.








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#22 of 31 OFFLINE   Mark Collins

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Posted February 17 2013 - 06:34 AM

I received Laura on the release date from Amazon. I even spoke with them as to what was wrong or what to look for. I knew they would not be able to tell me but i threw it out there. I just love the film and think it looks great. Much better than the dvd. I have watched it I would say at least 5 times if not more. Thank you Fox for your restoration and many thanks to Mr James Finn for bringing back the Fox Classic Program.

#23 of 31 OFFLINE   David_B_K

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Posted February 17 2013 - 12:21 PM

Strange that no one knows what's 'wrong' with the Blu-ray. I have it coming from Deep Discount now that Amazon has pulled it.

#24 of 31 OFFLINE   Will Krupp

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Posted February 18 2013 - 04:13 AM

Originally Posted by Keith Cobby 

I will upgrade to Blu-ray for my favourite films, but those others which I like and where the DVD is good enough I will only upgrade if the picture quality is excellent. Laura fits into this second category for me. Having read further reviews and considered the comments on HTF I am still undecided.


You know Keith, I read this when you first wrote it in the other thread and my first reaction was, oh I hope he doesn't decide to keep the DVD over the new blu-ray as he's really going to miss out.  I was going to write just that and I thought, well, maybe before I do I should re-spin the DVD and look at them both.  So I did.


Here's the thing (in my opinion)...the blu-ray beats the DVD hands down in terms of sharpness, detail, smoothness and lack of artifacts.  When it's good it's very good, to be sure.  Where it falls down is in consistency and contrast.  The DVD is riddled with artifacts, noise, a jumpy picture (the opening sequence of MacPherson in Waldo's living room almost VIBRATES) and a much lower resolution BUT (and this turns out to be a significant "but") the contrast is so much better on the DVD overall and there is a consistency between the poorly preserved transitional shots and the bulk of the "clean" material that the higher resolution of the blu-ray is missing because it exaagerates the disparity between them.  On the blu-ray, the highs are higher and the lows are lower, which makes a more jarring and much less consistent viewing experience.  The lower resolution of the DVD masks the quality differentials in the elements (the differences are still there but less noticeably awful)  but the lower resolution isn't responsible for the better contrast to be found in the problem areas.  The contrast on the DVD just IS better in those dupey optical shots, for whatever reason.


And after watching both back to back, I'll say it again, the blu-ray is very bright overall.


So, ultimately, I don't have an definitive opinion for you.  I will say that I'm NOT keeping my DVD and that I'm going to embrace the blu-ray (flaws or no flaws) but your mileage may vary.



#25 of 31 OFFLINE   ahollis

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Posted February 18 2013 - 08:43 AM

Agree Will, I did a comparison also and the Blu-ray was superior to the DVD in many many ways.
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#26 of 31 OFFLINE   Will Krupp

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Posted February 18 2013 - 09:06 AM

Originally Posted by ahollis 

Agree Will, I did a comparison also and the Blu-ray was superior to the DVD in many many ways.


But, strangley, I don't think in ALL ways...and it kind of SHOULD be



#27 of 31 ONLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted February 18 2013 - 10:10 AM

Originally Posted by ahollis 

Agree Will, I did a comparison also and the Blu-ray was superior to the DVD in many many ways.

Based on what I read in another thread about differences in displays regarding 3-D, black levels, color, contrast and such, I wouldn't be surprise that the level you rate this BD over the DVD is more dependent on how your display handles certain issues over what other members are experiencing on their displays.  I think this is more prevalent than we actually realize in why people report different video grades on these boards.  Without doubt, it's not the only reason for grade differentials, but it's one of the main ones.


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#28 of 31 OFFLINE   ahollis

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Posted February 18 2013 - 10:47 AM

Based on what I read in another thread about differences in displays regarding 3-D, black levels, color, contrast and such, I wouldn't be surprise that the level you rate this BD over the DVD is more dependent on how your display handles certain issues over what other members are experiencing on their displays.  I think this is more prevalent than we actually realize in why people report different video grades on these boards.  Without doubt, it's not the only reason for grade differentials, but it's one of the main ones.

I think you are absolutely correct. My display is 48" 3D compatable that is three months old. That could be the reason it looks so good
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Posted February 20 2013 - 05:42 AM

I've just gotten Laura at Costco for about $9.00. I do agree that it is a bit brighter than other versions I've seen. But overall, this is the best version of this particular motion picture that I've seen. The clarity of the soundtrack is particularly good.

#30 of 31 OFFLINE   Keith Cobby

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Posted February 22 2013 - 05:40 AM

When do you think No 18 I Wake Up Screaming will be released on Blu-ray?

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Posted February 23 2013 - 07:39 AM

I just viewed the Laura disc again. I have noticed that the 20th Century Fox fanfare appropriate to the time period at the beginning of the film has been replaced by a 1953 rerecording like that which is heard in "How to Marry a Millionaire" and "The Seven Year Itch". It should be the one that precedes films such as Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). This is a silly mistake caused by ignorant operators and I seriously hope it is not repeated in future Studio Classics releases.





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