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In November, The Far Country (1955) coming from Arrow

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by richardburton84, Aug 16, 2019.

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  1. OliverK

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    There is no OCN in Aqaba.

    No fine-grain.

    No great box!
     
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    What about Timbuktu?
     
  3. Keith Cobby

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    This is why reviews on this and other sites are so useful. You simply cannot believe or understand what the marketing material says. For favourite films i am satisfied to buy incremental uplifts in image but for others (like this) i will stick with what i have.
     
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    I watched it. (185 Version) and in some places the PQ is somewhat comparable to the KINO "Bend of The River" blu-ray. Like that blu-ray the problems are largely at places where opticals and/or dissolves occur. It's arguably distracting but I didn't find it unwatchable.

    Oh and mine came with a SLIPCASE of the same cover they had chosen.for the case ...
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    I watched this last night and was disappointed with the lack of detail. Afterwards I watched the new "Madigan" blu-ray, also a Universal release through Kino and having been film in 2 perf Techniscope - it had far more detail than "The Far Country".
     
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    I think we'd be shocked if we knew the amount of classic & well known films that will never look great again (or even very good).
     
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    My Blu-ray has finally shipped so I should have it by Monday and it will be an immediate viewing. I'll probably try to watch it twice as I want to listen to the audio commentary as I pay real close attention to the video presentation. I'll try to pull out my DVD to sample some scenes.
     
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    I don’t have the DVD but I was satisfied with the presentation and that plus the supplemental features make the disc a must for Mann/Stewart buffs.
     
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    That was me who decided to take this one on; I got it yesterday and I plan to view it sometime this weekend.
     
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    Mine was damaged (thanks, Amazon!), so I'm having to send it back. You've got to select 'gift wrapping' shipping option at all times with Amazon anymore.
     
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    I have to agree with you there. I watched it on my 65" LG OLED, but will take a closer look on my 55" OLED as I compare this Blu-ray to the previously released DVD.
     
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    No offense to Adrian Martin, but, I tried to listen to his audio commentary and I had to turn it off after about 5 minutes.
     
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    Not much love so far for the extras on this release, what put you off about the commentary?
     
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    He was just boring. I'll give it another try when I'm not so tired.
     
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    Thanks for clarifying. I have had this before and most of the time I did not find things improving when I had the feeling I did not like the commentary starting out. Hopefully this one will be different for you when you revisit it.
     
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    I also turned off after a few minutes. Unlike you, I won't give it another try.
     
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    I'm surprised to read so many disparaging opinions about the audio commentary. There are plenty of commentary tracks which I dislike because they are often little more than biographies of the cast and crew or pointlessly describe the action we can see for ourselves on the screen. Adrian Martin does neither of those and I found his commentary far better than most. He is clearly very knowledgeable about film (he's done very many audio commentaries) and provides interesting comments on motivation and characterisation, story construction, technical aspects, direction, editing etc. I thought it very much added to an appreciation of the film, which of course is what commentary tracks should do.
     
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    Thank you Doug for your take on the commentary - goes to show again that tastes differ and that we have a great platform here for sharing our views. As for the opinions about the commentary I have not read any disparaging comments if I understand the word properly but at least for Robin and Robert it was at least initially not their cup of tea.

    Back to the commentary: The way you describe it this seems very close to how I like them, I am not that interested to hear a biography or filmography of actors or directors with a movie nor do I need spelled out what happens on screen. I will certainly have a listen when I get my hands on it at some point.
     
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    Perhaps, you're right. As I previously stated, I will give the audio commentary another try because I was fatigue the last time I tried to listen to it and was clearly not in the mood to listen to any commentary at that time. It's like making a choice to either watch a movie or just go to bed when the second option was probably the one I should have chosen in the first place.:)
     
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    Got my non-damaged copy from Amazon and I'll try the commentary soon. But NOTHING could be as WORTHLESS as what Tony Mann was given by James Hemphill and Tony Roan on "Bend of the River," "The Glenn Miller Story," and "Thunder Bay."
     

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