Just received a BD order from Amazon Spain and am amazed at the quality of two out of three of them. The SAMSON AND DELILAH is a true revelation, super sharp and colorful and so much better than the standard DVD that Paramount put out about a year ago. I'm still rather angry about that because now I have an $18 frisbee to toss around the house. I can't imagine what bonehead over there made the decision not to offer a blu-ray option right from the get-go. The BD is available from Japan, Germany, Denmark and Spain but, of course, not America. The King Vidor WAR AND PEACE is also visually stunning, and a much better film that many of the "critics" who are married to the Bondarchuk version would admit. Oscar Homolka simply rules as General Kutuzov. The VistaVision image, like that of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS BD fills the screen, but no black bars. I would imagine that it must be slightly cropped, but the image is just gorgeous nonetheless. I would highly recommend both. There's been complaints about the HATARI BD that was released by Paramount at the same time as the above two. I can't imagine anyone not being delighted with these, though. Sadly, JOHN PAUL JONES is not an official studio release and it has been DNR'd to death. It almost seems as it comes from an old video master of some sort that the "restorers" went to work on and with little real success. It is advertised a 50 year anniversary digitally restored edition. The halos around the images and waxy look do detract from the viewing experience, so beware of this one. I just hope that the studios continue to put out these joyful American historical and biblical epics in foreign markets because, God knows, they obviously don't give a rat's buttocks about letting us Americans buy them in our own country.
Edited by Ed Lachmann, September 25 2013 - 09:44 AM.