The 1979 film, not so much.
Of course, it’s a filmed record, less or more, of the musical play, but seemingly shorn of spirit. And possibly that spirit had more to do with the the time in which it arrived – off-Broadway in 1967, moving uptown in ’68.
It was alive, in an era of sexual revolution and political unrest.
Not so much by 1979.
The film seems like a bland representation, although a representation is better than nothing.
The original Blu-ray, which arrived in 2011, with the exception of negative some built-in dirt, was fine. Nice grain structure, good color, etc.
Olive, which I’m pleased to see active has released a new Blu-ray, seemingly based upon the same transfer, but possibly not. The major difference is that it’s now clean. The dirt is gone, and that’s a nice thing.
If one already has the earlier edition, and unless you’re a huge fan of the film, the reason to pick up the Olive release is the extras, and there are quite a few nice ones.
So, cleaner image, extras, and I’ll add, support of Olive.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from Earlier Blu-ray – Not necessary except for extras
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