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Blu-ray Review Swing Time Blu-ray Review

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Matt Hough, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Matt Hough

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    Great review, Matt! I'm looking forward to picking this one up very soon!
     
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    Definitely a release I'm looking forward to getting soon (and, short of any more Astaire/Rogers films being announced, what should be the release of the year for me)!
     
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    "A fluttery hair", as Matt Hough wrote, is present in the finale number. Does anyone know if this was present since its initial release? Seems doubtful that this would've been present in a now no longer existing OCN. So, with the elements available, perhaps this "fluttery hair" was inherent to the sources used. Still, with today's technology, I wonder why it digitally could not have been removed?

    Regardless, I'm glad to have known in advance in order to prepare myself and enjoy.
    Without reservations, I'm still going to purchase "Swing Time" and support a hopeful future of other Fred & Ginger titles from Criterion.
     
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    The good news about Never Gonna Dance is that I was so mesmerized by it, as I always am, that I did not notice said hair at all. Given the OCN situation, it's a pretty great transfer, actually.
     
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    Thanks Matt for a great intro to a disc I'll place inside my treasured Fred and Ginger box-set with the hologram cover.
     
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    I did the same.
     
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    Thanks for this review. My father was a big fan of this film, and we watched it earlier this year, a few months before he passed away. Apart from Top Hat, it's probably my favorite Astaire-Rogers collaboration, and it might have my favorite songs.
     
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    There's still considerable edge enhancement during 'A Fine Romance' and a hair caught dead center in the frame during 'Pick Yourself Up'. This isn't a new transfer, but the first time Warner's 2K remastering from some years ago has actually made the leap to 1080p. Honestly, Warner should have digitally scrubbed the hair and stabilized the edge effects. This is a passable effort - nothing more, nothing better. Regrets.
     
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    The hair would have been present on the original negatives.
     
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    Well this is very strange. I have seen Swing Time many times including as I have already said on here in one of the two most beautiful black and white prints of a film I have ever seen which was at the Gramercy revival house in Manhattan and there has never been a fluttery hair in any print.
    Can you imagine? A RKO A picture? Opening at Radio City?
    And digital enhancement? Are they kidding?
    This bluray job sounds like a doozy.
     

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