As for the 1976 version, while it’s essential viewing for fans of the genre, it does not stand the test of time. Actually, it probably wasn’t very good in 1976.
Jessica Lange does her best, but screenplay, dialogue…
I won’t go there.
Scream Factory continues to do its best in offering studio material in a quality form, along with some interesting extras, inclusive of new interviews – a task, I presume was made a bit more difficult due to Covid.
Image quality is interesting. Color and densities seem fine, but grain appears a bit on the rough side – nothing offensive, just a bit grainy. Image stability is fine, which brings one to the question of precisely how old or new the master might be.
Sit at a normal distance, and like other releases, any potential problems, and I quite honestly don’t recall what the grain structure looked like in 1976, disappear.
Scream offers two versions of the film, the theatrical scope cut at 134 minutes, and a TV cut, also at 2.35, but with notes describing possibly incomplete audio, which apparently corresponds to the 1.33, at 182 minutes.
I leave it to you to make your own appraisal of the situation.
Image – 4.25
Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Pass / Fail – Pass
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