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A few words about...™ Hatari! -- in Blu-ray

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#1 of 13 OFFLINE   Robert Harris

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Posted March 23 2014 - 08:53 PM

Howard Hawks' Hatari!, a trifle of a film from the great Howard Hawks, has arrived from Paramount via WB.

 

It appears to be derived from separation masters, and appears to be relatively clean.

 

Love the belt buckle.

 

Image - 2

 

Audio - 4

 

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Posted March 23 2014 - 09:26 PM

Certainly one of the five worst Blu-ray transfers ever.  I give it a minus 5 :)  I'm assuming this is the same as the overseas release, at least that's what I read.



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Posted March 23 2014 - 09:41 PM

Certainly one of the five worst Blu-ray transfers ever.  I give it a minus 5 :)  I'm assuming this is the same as the overseas release, at least that's what I read.

Maybe I'm feeling generous with a solid 2.

 

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Posted March 23 2014 - 09:51 PM

Maybe I'm feeling generous with a solid 2.

 

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I have the British release, which I assume is the same.  I think  a "2" is about correct.  I was disappointed more than anything, but it doesn't look that bad.  Is the OCN in such a state (for a 1962 film) that they would have to use the separations?



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Posted March 24 2014 - 09:17 AM

I have the British release, which I assume is the same.  I think  a "2" is about correct.  I was disappointed more than anything, but it doesn't look that bad.  Is the OCN in such a state (for a 1962 film) that they would have to use the separations?

 

I quite like this film. Is it worth upgrading from the DVD?



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Posted March 24 2014 - 10:59 AM

I quite like this film. Is it worth upgrading from the DVD?

To me, while it's a long way from where I'd like it to look, it's certainly better than the old DVD.


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Posted March 24 2014 - 11:58 AM

I have no choice but to tell myself it's watchable for a one-time viewing, since (1) I've never seen it, and (2) while in Costco yesterday snatching up El Dorado et al, I completely blanked out on haineshisway's prior warnings about this transfer, and plunked down the additional $12.99.  Oy!

 

But I do have to see it once.  Right? 

 

After which, I'll send it back out into the world.


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Posted March 24 2014 - 03:42 PM

Still, this not-too-great BD makes Universal's SPARTACUS (a minus 1000?) look like Fox's THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY.  I bought it and although it could be much, much better, ANY classic film that get a release in this day and age is a miracle and is a must buy for me.



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Posted March 24 2014 - 05:41 PM

I just see nothing that's miraculous about a horrible transfer for a beautifully photographed film like Hatari, which could look amazing.  It's ugly, verges on being out of focus, and looks nothing like this film should look.  Otherwise, I suppose it's lovely.



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Posted March 25 2014 - 05:22 AM

There is way too much sharpness enhancement. Hatari is short on story and character. What it has going for it are the adventure and the photography (plus a decent Mancini score). This is on the verge of unwatchable.



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Posted March 25 2014 - 07:07 AM

I quite like this film. Is it worth upgrading from the DVD?

If you're willing to wait, I imagine that eventually it will be packaged together with other John Wayne titles and you can get it then.



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Posted March 25 2014 - 09:15 AM

If you're willing to wait, I imagine that eventually it will be packaged together with other John Wayne titles and you can get it then.

 

A good point. Thank you. Trouble is: I'll probably by then already have all the other John Wayne movies on Blu-ray!  :)


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Posted April 10 2014 - 02:59 PM

I'm a huge fan of Howard Hawks fan and find Hatari! great fun & highly enjoyable; but unless I can catch this blu at a real bargain rate, I'll stick with the DVD for now. Too bad so little care is taken with many catalog titles.







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