BLOW OUT - Very soft picture...

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  1. Dick

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    ...and this isn't the way the director intended. The widescreen image is very soft, almost to the point of being blurry. The flip-side P&S version is, if anything, a little sharper. Too bad. Anamorphic, too.
     
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    Soft focus is one thing, but complete lack of any sharp edges is a bad transfer. The laser, while otherwise mediocre, was at least sharp. No director wants an audience to be squinting through his/her work.
     
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    I found this to be an excellent transfer, vastly superior to the LD and very much indicative of the original photography (Vilmos Zsigmond's work often looks "soft"). Here's my review (slightly edited) from another thread:
     
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    I've only watched a few scenes and about the first 10 minutes, and the picture is definately slightly blurry...not the 'soft focus' associated with many 70's movies.
    I'm somewhat reminded of the Escape from New York disc.
    Either way, it's great to have this one on DVD, and it does look better than the previous LD except that I remember the LD having a sharper image. I think Blow Out was more deserving of an SE than Dressed to Kill (which I do very much enjoy), but that's my own biased opinion!
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    From the Laurent Bouzereau interview on DVDFile, apparently he wanted to do an SE on Blow Out but MGM had already decided to go with a movie-only version. My guess is that Travolta wasn't interested in revisiting the film -- he's conspicuously absent on the Carrie documentaries -- and his lack of participation killed this as an SE.
     
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    I don't think it's too bad-- some of the night exteriors seem soft, but that might just be because of the lighting and the grainy film stock. The interiors are bright and colorful and look worlds better than the LD. That being said, I can see why some people are concerned-- particularly if you're used to razor-sharp transfers like Gladiator.
    I'd rather have seen this be an SE rather than Dressed to Kill, which I don't really care for.
     
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    The good but not great transfer IS indeed too soft compared to the new print I saw at the De Palma retro in the American Museum of the Moving Image. Everything was surprisingly sharp and clear in every scene with not much graininess present, including the night sound-recording scene. Unfortunately this disappointing disc is probably the best we're gonna get in a long time....
     
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    It wasnt that MGM didnt want to do one - they had already literally PRESSED the discs - so Blow out was held back to be released with the LB produced SEs last month
    LB has said that probably this one will be revisited in a couple years
     
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    Personally I prefer the softer picture.
    I have my contrast and sharpness very low.
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    I thought the BLOW OUT laserdisc looked awfully soft as well. I also just want to put my two cents in concerning DRESSED TO KILL, which I always liked better than BLOW OUT.
     
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    Found this title today at Sam's Club for $12.99, if anyone's interested. Just some FYI, if anyone can't find it at Best Buy with their computer's "12/31/01" street date! [​IMG]
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