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A Few Words About A few words about...™The Apartment -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. BarryR

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    "Dear Customers:

    The only thing Arrow and Amazon share is the letter A."

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    Delivered today
     
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    This has been the most fun I have had acquiring a copy of a release since the Disney Tyn of Dr. Syn.

    Just now absorbing the special disc features; appreciate the reversible art. A nice variety of fresh film analysis mini-docs. Still challenged trailer looking better than i have yet seen. Hope Holiday today! Unexpected treat.

    Next up...
    The feature.
     
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    Amazon gave me a $36.15 credit. So with the $5 dollar inconvenience credit they already gave me, The Apartment cost me $11.97 after taxes. From the many posts on that subject, I realize that this release was disappointing to many, purchase-wise. But, at this point, I'm willing to shut up and deal.

    I will be watching the film on Thursday with the HTF Connecticut Crew. I'm looking forward to it.
     
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    Finally sat down in comfy chair to view this. As said by many, absolute perfection from a technical viewpoint.

    :dance:
     
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    Well, it used to be my home, but my family still lives there. I live in Michigan now.
     
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    I finally got to see this new transfer last night on my big "Panavision" screen thanks to my friend Charles S. who was able to snag one from the U.K. Rich D. was also in attendance. Despite my home phone ringing a few times (Solicitors, naturally) and my barking dogs telling me it was past their supper time, it was a very enjoyable experience.

    The source used for this edition, while not 100% pristine (Rich D. noticed a very subtle "glitch" of some kind in the first scene inside of Baxter's apartment, and I noticed a few thin, vertical scratch lines on the right hand side of the frame during the first kitchen scene) is still MUCH improved over the previous Blu-ray which is darker and even a bit "fuzzy" in comparison. Don't let this minor critique dissuade anyone from purchasing this classic.
     
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    What’s great about Michigan, I think, is that you can literally drive 110 MPH to work everyday and nobody cares.
     
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    An it's much cheaper to live there than Connecticut especially for a retiree like myself.
     
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    My Long National Nightmare is over :dance::rock::banana::dancing-banana-04::drum::cheers: - a copy of the the Arrow Signature Bluray -of Billy Wilder's "The Apartment" with "Selected Writings" has arrived and all is right with the world ...

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    (Note: to those who bought extra copies to put their kids through college an make a fortune on the inter-webs ... the book can double as a door stop ... ;))

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    Until you get to the Ohio state border.:)
     
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    My copy arrived from the UK today. Just watched it, wonderful!
     
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    No doubt Arrow's release of The Apartment is a strong upgrade from the previously released Blu-Ray. However, words posted on this thread like, "absolute perfection" it is not.

    1. I'm not a fan of films being released without their original studio banner.
    2. I'm not sure why a bit of time (or more time) wasn't put on improving the transfer. For example, there is a large slanted line to the left of the APT 51 at the 00:20 mark of the opening credits (mostly when the Title Credit appears). I'm not sure how 30 seconds of post-editing could not have easily solved this. Additionally, as Reed mentioned there is a vertical line, scratches and junk in the first kitchen scene (8:09) much of it under the hanging skillet. The point is not to go scene by scene and do a post-mortem, the point is that these things were noticed upon first viewing. My point is that 100% of what we noticed could have been corrected by a first-rate post-scan editor in a day, with taking a long lunch.
    3. 3:28 - As Sylvia enters the scene you can see shifting frames, most likely caused by a scanning problem of the original negative. Another poster in this thread alluded to (possibly) additional scanning problems, but didn't document them. Why Arrow didn't correct this is disappointing to ponder, but more disappointing in the result.

    Those that have purchased this title, don't be glum. This release is a substantial improvement upon the last Blu-Ray release. However, in the parlance of our time ... it is what it is.

    Rich D
     
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    Yeah, "absolute perfection".;)
     
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    Arrow took this release further than most licensees with limited rights would. More work would necessitate a wider license toward recoupment.
     
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