Watched this last night. While I agree that the video quality is excellent, I am afraid I can't say the same about the audio.
When the main titles started, it seemed like a significant treble boost had been applied. Same for all the musical numbers. However, the dialog seemed to be completely lacking in sibilants, indicating a loss of treble.
Now, it could very well be my age and my old ears are at fault here, but I don't think that would explain the difference in frequency balance between the music and the dialogue.
Did anyone else notice this, or was it just me?
Does this disc have sub-titles?I just received my blu ray and started to watch it. After about 10 to 15 minutes I had to turn it off and I am now returning it.
Why do studios still persist in degrading optical and some magnetic tracks by processing them to the point where the dialog is at the point of unintelligibility?
Noise gating, as it is known, is one of, if not the worst offender in the transfer of sound in home video. This is nothing new. Its intention is to lower the noise floor to almost zero level and the resulting effect is when an actor speaks and their dialog level fluctuates from high to low, toward the noise floor, it is almost swallowed up and as a result becomes briefly inaudible, and unintelligible. Low level sound effects and music are also affected by this noise gating device.
I wish this device was banned altogether but it appears it is making a comeback!
I was sort of hoping they would have digitally removed the cue marks - but no. They're still here. Otherwise, image quality easily bests anything this has looked like on home video before. But for a Paramount Presents...title, I would have expected a 'complete' restoration, and at least an audio commentary to accompany such a noteworthy and Oscar-winning film. Despite these flaws and deficits, I still very much enjoyed this one and will continue to own it as a cherished part of my ever-expanding home library. It's just not the poster child for perfection in hi-def I was hoping for. Regrets.