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Blu-ray Review Tom & Jerry The Golden Collection Volume 1 Blu-ray Review

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Timothy E, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. ThadK

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    A few things...

    To reiterate, for what I hope is the last time: there is a common misconception that only one set of CRI elements exists on the MGM cartoons. This is false. There are two, maybe three, sets of them. One set looks absolutely stunning, the next best thing to original nitrate material. WHV did right and used those for most of the cartoons - except for the noted ten. They goofed and sourced them from inferior CRIs with a decidedly Eastman flavor - bad color and 60s lion logo being the giveaway.

    My mention of the modern 16mm prints I own is just to prove the point that superior CRI elements exist on those titles and are alive and well.

    (What's funny is that I was just with a bunch of older film collectors Saturday night, and they brought up this release... At least one said they preferred the HD, crummy color transfers to the older, SD, over-saturated colors, so to each his own. All of us agreed that the titles done right were done right, though.)


    As for the comments on whether the concept of film collectors should exist or not, you, my friend, are lucky you're in a forum populated by so few of them!
     
  2. Bob Furmanek

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    Wow, you have much to learn...
     
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    I've got a stack of TV syndication prints of MGM cartoons from the last batch distributed on 16mm. Some of them look nice, but none of them come close to looking as good as the blu-ray when projected the same size (10 feet wide screen) on my system. Some look better than others, and a couple of the blu-ray cartoons don't look as good as the rest... but overall, it's no contest.

    Blu-ray is the best thing to happen to cartoons in a long time. When I pull out my laserdiscs of the Betty Boop set with massive DVNR, or look at the grossly oversaturated and macro blocked Golden Age of Looney Tunes collections, I thank my lucky stars that the quality of home video has improved.

    Now if I didn't have a hidef projection system, just an old tube TV, DVD might be acceptable, and good 16mm prints would definitely look better than that. But blu-ray on a big hidef screen blows all of that out of the water.
     
  4. Bob Furmanek

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    You don't need your stack of TV syndication prints because you have a "big hidef screen."

    Whoa.

    You should return those prints to the studio.

    Or you can send them to me and I will return them for you.
     
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    You want to buy them? I have Tex Averys too.
     

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