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UHD Review Suspiria (1977) - UHD Review - Recommended!

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Sam Posten, Dec 10, 2019.

  1. Sam Posten

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    Note that the review currently says Anchor Bay as the studio. We don't currently have a way for me to make this Synapse. I will fix that as soon as I can.
     
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    Great review Sam. My friend sampled this for me on his new TV/sound system. I was very impressed with it. I wouldn't call the steelbook Blu-Ray that I got last year garbage, but I will most likely never watch it again now this exists.
     
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    Thanks. Here’s the thing, I know a lot of hard work went into that Blu-ray. It just is so really outpaced by the tech in this release that it’s hard to compare them.
     
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    Thanks for the review, Sam. I watched my copy right after it arrived, and was extremely pleased with both the video and audio quality of the disc. I also own the BD from Synapse (my wife's attempting to sell it for me), and was amazed the UHD could be this much better than that stellar release. I have a price ceiling of $20 for UHD titles normally, but I broke my rule for this one occasion and am glad I did.
     
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    Yeah I was surprised at the $60 MSRP especially since they don't include a Bluray OR digital code. I get that small vendors can't make it up in volume but I'd hate to think of how many fans will pass on this excellent release because of the asking price.
     
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    The images attached to this review are taken from the overseas TLE restoration, not the Synapse one, and are not reflective of how the color timing on the Luciano Tovoli-approved Synapse version looks.

    It's also worth noting that SUSPIRIA was not filmed in 3-strip Technicolor. It was filmed on normal Kodak Eastmancolor negative, but was explicitly designed to be printed in I.B. Technicolor, and was one of the last films printed by Technicolor Rome in the I.B. process before they shut down their equipment and sold it off to China. Below is an excellent retrospective article from American Cinematographer where Tovoli discusses the lengths he took in collaboration with Technicolor Rome to achieve the unique colors for SUSPIRIA: https://ascmag.com/articles/suspiria-terror-in-technicolor

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    Thanks Vincent. I can only report the information I got online, which didn't make that distinction readily apparent to me:

    https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/503550/14-unforgettable-facts-about-%E2%80%98suspiria%E2%80%99

    https://www.filminquiry.com/suspiria-1977-review/


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspiria

    Also: HTF is not generally provided screenshots to use and we do not have the technical capability to break Bluray and UHD copy protection as some sites do.
     
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    One little part of the review confused me; "Was the first film to employ three strip Technicolor, as made famous by the Wizard of Oz". Kind of sounds to me like Wizard of Oz used it first then, yeah?
     
  10. Sam Posten

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    No, Oz did it later but more well known (much wider audience) is my understanding.

    We got that right @Vincent_P ?
     
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    None of that makes any sense.
     
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