American Graffiti DVD- good or bad transfer?

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  1. Aaron Cohen

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    I was wondering about the transfer quality of this dvd. I know it's an early dvd but it has just gotten a price cut at most of the major retailers and I was wondering if the transfer is worthwhile. Thanks!
     
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    I think that it is a very good anamorphic transfer. The film was shot in Techniscope (2-perf 35mm spherical 2.35:1) and the murky, grainy look to the film is inherant to this process, especially when used under low light levels.

    It's a great film (Lucas' best in my book) and the DVD is well worth owning.


    Gordy
     
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    Great movie, and the documentary that is included is
    outstanding. Over an hour long, and just about everybody
    is interviewed. Very entertaining.[​IMG]
     
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    Looks very grainy but that is definately the way the film was shot and not a DVD flaw.
    The documentary is incredible! Everytime you watch the film after you watch the documentarty it will be a very diffenerent experience.
    I picked it up cause it was cheap too {£7} and basically cause it had Lucas' name on it and now, a couple of years later, its still one of my best DVD's.
     
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    A definite must have. George Lucas did a great job of recapturing this time period.
     
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    I still remember seeing this in the theater with my cousins in Florida when it came out (almost 30 years ago... wow!), and the DVD accurately reflects the way the film looked, which was pretty grainy. As Robert Harris says, grain is NOT bad, and in this case it gives the film a bit of a semi-documentary feel, and IMO contributes to the timelessness of this classic. Don't hesitate, pick it up!!
     
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    This was one of my first dvd purchases and is still one of my favorites.

    Every time I've seen a thread complaining about the glacial pace of StarWars or Indy dvd releases I remember how much effort Lucas put into this early release. He really doesn't want to put out a half-assed dvd release, so the delay of Indy or the original SW movies has always been easy for me to understand.

    This has been born out by the quality of the extras and such on the PM and AOTC dvd releases.
     
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    Yes, a well-done release in my eyes, and a wonderful movie.
     
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    If the opening shot of the diner seems a little more colorful, keep in mind that ILM has added the sunset to the background and removed the buildings that could be seen behind the diner in the original prints.

    Neil
     
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    Is it THX certified?
     
  12. earl_roberts

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    There is a THX logo on the booklet but the THX sign doesn't come up before the film starts. I'd assume it is though.
     
  13. Jesse Skeen

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    "If the opening shot of the diner seems a little more colorful, keep in mind that ILM has added the sunset to the background and removed the buildings that could be seen behind the diner in the original prints."

    Which is why I bought it on LD instead! [​IMG]
     
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  15. Neil S. Bulk

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    That's why I never got rid of my LD. [​IMG]

    Neil
     
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    What does anyone have to say about sound quality?
    Would 'love' too 'hear' about the differance between the LD & DVD.
    Thanks!
     

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