Kino’s new Blu-ray of Anthony Mann’s 1952, 3-strip Technicolor, Bend of the River, takes on a bit of a beauty and the beast affair, when compared to Becky Sharp.
Presumably produced from a master delivered by Universal that may have been made for the DVD market, the film almost appears to have been shot in 3-D.
Universal has been doing such brilliant work the past few years, that it pains me to see an old master making its way to Blu-ray.
Registration errors abound, and the entire film has the appearance of having be recombined by some fly-by-night outfit.
On a large screen, it borders on being unwatchable.
The pity is that this is a good film. Not a great one, mind you, but a good one, deserving of better treatment.
Image – 2
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Fail
Upgrade from DVD – Absolutely not
- Feb 1, 2000
I agree with Robert that the German disc is still somehow watchable but mostly because the DVD is even worse (I have that one, too and made a few comparisons after watching the Blu-ray)
Certainly this fine western deserves better but apparently nobody wants to pay for the necessary work.