A Few Words About A few words about...™ Apollo 13 -- in Blu-ray

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  1. Robert Harris

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    Apollo 13 must have been through as many home video format changes as any other film. Finally making its way to Blu-ray, after a brief stint on HD, we are treated to uncompressed audio -- an upgrade, as well as occasional odd digital anomalies.

    I'm not having any major problems with the image, which I recall looking a bit more film-like on HD, but from the very beginning with the edges of letters in the main titles as well as identification titles, things just seem to lack cohesion and stability. The seem tainted. In many scenes, we generally have what appears to be decent original grain structure. Then it seems to disappear in certain shots, revealing an overall pretty, softened image.

    I can just hear an actress at age 40, remarking to the DP to soften things up a bit.

    But Gary Sinise?

    Bottom line is that there is nothing terribly wrong. I just wish that things had been left in their original state, as I really doubt that they needed digital help. That is, unless cinematographer Dean Cundey blew it.

    The back of the packaging has a wonderful (and meaningless) phrase - "Perfect picture and purest digital audio available"

    I have no idea what the word "available" means, but would be interested in finding out.

    This disc is outfitted with U-Control, BD-Live, and is D-Box Motion enabled. I'd love to see all of those things dropped as superfluous, and more time spent on getting the image "perfect."

    A good film that can be viewed by the entire family, Apollo 13 is still worth a view. Also of interest should be the NASA documentary, Houston, We've Got a Problem.

    The film that I wait patiently to arrive on Blu-ray is another production on space, Philip Kaufman's far superior The Right Stuff. That is filmmaking at its finest. Come on Warner.

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    It was terrible. Some scenes you can see the actors having their force fields turned on. I don't think you need them on Earth maaaaybe in space
     
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    I agree with you RAH, I didn't see anything terribly wrong with the video either.






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    RAH,

    Great review and commentary. Well stated.

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    I'm still just curious why the color timing of the BD is so much different than the HD DVD version and which one is correct?
     
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    That's a question I can't answer. Could be either, both at different times through different eyes, or neither. The answer print may (or may not) survive.
     

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