New Total Recall- a Bad Transfer? Say it ain't so!!

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  1. Paul Walther

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    I noticed a review here: http://www.dvdangle.com/reviews/review.php?Id=1863
    saying this is a very disappointing video transfer- bummer! I already traded in my old non-anamorphic version looking forward to this one. Anyone else get a peek at it and have a differing view? Thanks all-
    Paul
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  2. RobertR

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    You might want to read other DVD Review sites (DVDfile, Digital Bits, Robert George, etc.) to see what they say. I wouldn't rely on a single site for a review. DVDFile was actually quite pleased with the transfer, and they're not particularly noted for holding back on their criticism.
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  3. Dylan Davis

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    I picked it up last Saturday at blankedy blank.
    I am not a good reviewer by a long shot, but...
    I was disappointed in the transfer also. It's colors weren't as vibrant as I remember on the old release.
    I calibrate with Video Essentials, tweeking a little.
     
  4. Bryan_ZZ

    Bryan_ZZ Stunt Coordinator

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    o.k., it ain't so.
    (snipped from DVDFile's 9/2/2001 review of Total Recall)
    Video: How Does The Disc Look?
    The film's theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 is presented in anamorphic video and the transfer is excellent. Ritek Digital Studios is apparently responsible and they deserve kudos. The images are nicely detailed but almost completely devoid of edge artifacts in the form of halos, creating a very film-like appearance. Colors are great, richly painted to the screen and noise free. Brightness and contrast track very well. Subtle detail in dark scenes remains. I did not see any compression artifacts. If I had to voice any complaint, it would be that for one or two of the exterior Mars scenes, the red was a bit too dominant; but, I suspect that this might be traced back to the film elements.
    (end snip)
    So, there you go. Two different reviews, two different opinions. Take both with a grain of salt and assume that the truth is somewhere in the middle.
    Bryan
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  5. Tom J. Davis

    Tom J. Davis Second Unit

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    ((whoops, wasn't thinking))
    Hopefully I'll be able to check this title out tomorrow evening. If there's any justice in the world I'll actually be able to sit down this weekend and watch a few movies. Been kinda busy lately.
    Tom
    p.s. The packaging sucks ass. I've never replaced any of my snapper cases with keep cases, but this will be the first. I'll be looking for cover art and throwing the other thing in the closet.
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  6. David (C)

    David (C) Stunt Coordinator

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    Total Recall is my all-time favorite Arnold movie. However, I feel the current (special edition) DVD transfer ruins the pitched hues and velvety texture the film was originally intended to have.
     

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