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Criterion Press Release: The Big Chill (Dual Format)

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#21 of 27 OFFLINE   Kevin EK

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Posted April 23 2014 - 02:40 PM

I believe the earlier Criterion laser did not have any supplements.   The only one I can find is a CLV movie-only edition.



#22 of 27 OFFLINE   JediFonger

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Posted April 23 2014 - 07:20 PM

could mean silverado's the next kasdan even though its already out on bluray?

#23 of 27 OFFLINE   Moe Dickstein

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Posted April 26 2014 - 11:24 PM

If there is a next one.
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Posted April 28 2014 - 08:43 AM

What's there to add to Silverado anyway?



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Posted August 01 2014 - 07:38 AM

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I watched the new Criterion blu-ray last night on my projection system. What a pleasure! The image quality is marvelous; I felt like I could step right into the picture and spend the weekend.

 

It is wonderful to see so much detail that I had never seen before. I saw it only once on the big screen, when it came out in 1983. I was only 19, but I loved it; I didn't necessarily "get it" like I do now, but I was living far from home for the first time and it made me feel like I had friends. :) After that, I recorded it from HBO and watched that VHS many times. I never bought the laserdisc because, at the time, the laserdiscs coming from what was then RCA/Columbia Home Video were among the worst and I simply wasn't going to spend the money and be disappointed again (which is ironic since these days the Columbia catalog is looking so terrific thanks to Sony). I am not sure why I never picked up the Criterion laserdisc, but the VHS served me until the 15th anniversary DVD. 

 

One thing I noticed in particular is that nuances in facial expressions are, to me, so much more apparent in hi-def. As an example, there is a moment between William Hurt and Tom Berenger that I had actually never noticed before, and it is an important moment for their characters. It takes place on the extreme left of the frame, and I am wondering if it was actually cropped in the pan-and-scan version I watched for so many years. (The conversation is actually going on more to the right of the frame and for pan and scan there may have been a compromise there. Thank goodness we have most new releases in OAR now.) I reviewed the DVD and William Hurt's face is so dark you can't see the intensity of his expression, but on the blu-ray it reads beautifully. In case there are those who haven't seen this film, I will say more about this moment in a spoiler.

 

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I am so pleased with this blu-ray. The only thing that could have made it even better is if they had included the flashback sequence in the extras, but I suspect they would have to pay Costner a hefty sum for that since he was eliminated from the film.


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#26 of 27 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted August 01 2014 - 08:39 AM

Nice post, Kevin!  :thumbsup:

 

I'm looking forward to my own viewing of the new Blu of The Big Chill sometime soon.  I don't think I've seen it since seeing it in the theater. 


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Posted August 01 2014 - 01:55 PM

Watched the Criterion blu-ray on my main screening system Tuesday night and it was an unbridled pleasure to see and hear the quality of this presentation...DP John Bailey did a great job of restoring the little details I saw off a 35mm print when the film was reissued theatrically by Sony for its 15th Anniversary...as for the DTS-MA-HD 5.1-channel surround mix, they did NOT go overboard and gimmick up the sound field, keeping the focus on dialogue clarity and the now-iconic music soundtrack...for historical purists, the original 1983 theatrical mono mix is intact on a 24-bit PCM track. With the features from the 15th Anniversary DVD ported over and the added bonus features and book included for this package, I consider the Criterion release to be the DEFINITIVE home theater presentation of this movie until Sony makes this available in TRUE 4k for home screens... :thumbs-up-smiley:


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