And so it was with their new Blu-ray of Take Me Out to the Ball Game, a delightful 1949 musical from the Freed unit, starring Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams and Gene Kelly in three-strip Technicolor.
Everyone who appreciated the genre is hopefully now aware of the quality of these Technicolor releases, and I was expecting a similar example for TMOtoBG.
But I regret to report that not to be the case.
We’ve had certain expectations set, and suddenly an example arrives that takes the look, textures and color of the technology and sends them to another level.
Possibly it comes down to production design.
But the purity of the colors is the finest that I’ve seen, full mimicking the look of a pristine 35mm print – only better. The brilliance of the reds, blacks, blues and of course, yellows knocks this one – nope – not going there.
The extra of Boys and Girls Like You and Me is set up with the wildest history I can recall for a cut number, and the example appears to be newly harvested.
Directed by Busby Berkeley.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Yes
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