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The Kentucky Fried Movie (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

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#21 of 23 OFFLINE   Charles Smith

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Posted July 02 2013 - 04:27 PM

And what was that other one -- The Groove Tube -- as I (very vaguely) recall, these kinds of films always looked pretty rough in the theater.

#22 of 23 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 03 2013 - 12:01 AM

Does it at least look like a good transfer of a dodgy source material?

Hard to say.

This is my very first Shout Factory Blu-ray
purchase...ever. As thus, I don't know how
the company treats their films. Do they just
slap these prints on Blu-ray or do they go through
some sort of extensive cleanup?

I ask this because dirt, scratches and other
debris are noticeable throughout. If this were a
major studio classic release, there would be complete
outrage over the way this film is presented.

As I noted earlier, grain is greatly amplified in
the sequences originally shot on video and there seems
to be a very unnatural amount of brightness blooming.

Also noticed some unusual background ghosting that's

hard to describe, but I suspect will be noticeable on larger


But here is the thing...

This is Kentucky Fried Movie. It's a low-budget
"B" film that has never looked good, not even theatrically.
I would have hoped that Shout Factory would have gone to
some length to clean up the presentation.

The only advantage I can see about this Blu-ray release
is that because of the additional bandwidth the format
provides, there is probably more picture detail in the
filmed sequences (which do look somewhat better). However,
overall, I don't think this is a considerable improvement
over the DVD release.

Based on its price, it's probably still worth the upgrade.

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#23 of 23 OFFLINE   Scott Merryfield

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Posted July 03 2013 - 03:50 AM

Just did a brief spot-check of the new Blu-ray release.


Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that Blu-ray gives great benefit

to the transfer....


...and I should have expected that knowing the condition of 

the original elements.  All the warts are amplified, and those

sequences shot on video suffer from a certain degree of

brightness blowout.


Not a pretty Blu-ray by any means.  



Thanks for the update, Ron. I suspected this may have been the case, so I held off ordering this one. I'll just hang onto the SD-DVD.

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