High Noon (1952) disc reviews? thoughts?

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  1. Chad Gregory

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    I finally got around to watching Rear Window last weekend and decided to find out what other movies Grace Kelly had been in.

    While I know that Dial M for Murder has not been released I know that High Noon has, but have no idea the quality of the release.

    Anyone have any opinions on this disc?

    -Chad
     
  2. Deepak Shenoy

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    The black-and-white transfer is very good from what I remember. The DVD also has a making-of featurette hosted by Leonard Maltin. It is a must-have DVD if you liked the movie.
     
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    I haven't watched it in a while, but my recollection is that it's clean, with good contrast, but loaded with edge and other digital artifacts.
    If you must have the movie, go ahead, but it's not a real good-looking disc, especially given current video restoration standards.
    MK
     
  4. Scott H

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    That was my first DVD.
     
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    I agree with previous posters. Might be some EE to it, but the general quality of picture in terms of contrast, etc. is pretty solid.

    It's not SE, but it's a decent DVD of the film. If I thought an SE was on the way I might say hold off, but as it stands you should probably go for it considering how excellent the film is.
     
  7. Terry H

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    Great film in good condition. Price reduction to $15 MSRP sometime this month. I know it can be had for less than $10. You really can't go wrong.
     
  8. Ken_McAlinden

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    Due to the films unique high-contrast photography, the digital video artifacts are more noticeable, and even less necessary, than they are with most titles.
    The audio is also excessively filtered. They removed a lot of pops and cracks, but they also whacked a lot of the high end in the bargain. The opening title music is probably the most egregious example of this. The rest of the film's audio is not as bad as that.
    The Leonard Maltin-hosted documentary is a nice extra.
    Unless you own the Criterion laserdisc, however, you will not find a better looking or sounding version of High Noon on any video format. You can take that as a recommendation or as damning it with faint praise depending on your own sensibilities. [​IMG]
    Regards,
     

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