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A few words about...™ Swamp Thing -- in Blu-ray

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#1 of 3 Robert Harris

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Posted July 24 2013 - 07:19 AM

Wes Craven's Swamp Thing was in post at Gomillion Studios in 1981, when I was there on another project.

 

On its face, and at its most basic, Swamp Thing is a sweet horror-comedy (hor-edy?).  There is a great deal here to like, if you allow it to simply unfold before you without going in with low-budget / camp / whatever precognitions.

 

For the cineaste, lots of nuances that harken back to films of the past.

 

I'm not sure what Scream Factory was given as a master element, but it falls into the better than okay range.  Dupes are quite soft, while original photography are just soft.  Not unappealingly soft, but soft, and with grain structure falling into the far more than "velvety" category.

 

Occasional minus density or damage is part of the dupes, and could have easily have been cleaned up a bit.

 

Color is fine, while aforementioned detail is down a bit.

 

It's okay.

 

But still have great deal of fun.

 

Image - 3.75

 

Audio - 5

 

RAH


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#2 of 3 Brandon Conway

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Posted July 24 2013 - 10:27 AM

Swamp Thing is a sweet horror-comedy (hor-edy?).

 

I prefer comeror. :P


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"And now the reprimand, from an American critic. He reproaches me for using film as a sacred & lasting medium, like a painting or a book. He does not believe that filmmaking is an inferior art, but he believes, and quite rightly, that a reel goes quickly, that the public are looking above all for relaxation, that film is fragile and that it is pretentious to express the power of one's soul by such ephemeral and delicate means, that Charlie Chaplin's or Buster Keaton's first films can only be seen on very rare and badly spoiled prints. I add that the cinema is making daily progress and that eventually films that we consider marvelous today will soon be forgotten because of new dimensions & colour. This is true. But for 4 weeks this film [The Blood of a Poet] has been shown to audiences that have been so attentive, so eager & so warm, that I wonder after all there is not an anonymous public who are looking for more than relaxation in the cinema." - Jean Cocteau, 1932


#3 of 3 ijthompson

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Posted July 24 2013 - 03:40 PM

I have a soft spot for this film (and the comics it comes from). But having previously owned (and pawned, in desperation) the much-coveted Unrated Cut on dvd, I can't bring myself to buy this on blu unless it contains that cut. The movie simply isn't good enough to double-dip!







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