Argento's 'Opera' in HD?

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  1. Paul_s

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    Nice spot. Was about to pre-order it when I saw that it only has mono English soundtrack, so I think I'll wait for now and see if another HD version appears. Ended up double dipping on the Demons Blu-ray to get the stereo soundtrack version so hoping to avoid that again.
     
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    Got the Jap Blu-ray today.

    Haven't watched it yet but here are a few screenshots:

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/sinister/opera/opera1.png

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/sinister/opera/opera2.png

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/sinister/opera/opera3.png

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/sinister/opera/opera4.png

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/sinister/opera/opera5.png

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/sinister/opera/opera6.png

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/sinister/opera/opera7.png

    The English track is in DTS-HD stereo, but not sure if it's actually Dolby Stereo or just dual mono. Also has Italian DTS-HD stereo track, but only Jap subs, no English subs.
     
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    thanks for the screenshots - they look good, although I held off buying for the time being - I'd be interested to hear what you think when you get chance to view the whole film :)

     
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    Just finished watching it.

    Video quality is a bit better than my old Anchor Bay limited edition DVD, but I feel there's still some room for improvement, although to be fair it may take better source materials for that.

    Audio quality is quite disappointing. Turns out the English stereo DTS-HD tracks were just dual mono and there's a lot of high end noise/hiss through most of the movie.

    Overall, far from a definitive version so I'd hope to be upgrading this one at some point.
     
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    hmmm so possibly another Japanese DVD upscale?

    I think Synapse were looking at doing this sometime in the future? Probably hold off until then :cry:
     
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    Nope, that´s not an upscale.
    It has the typical look of Super 35mm, which it was shot on.

    The DVD transfer, looks like shit compared to those screenshots.
     
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    Shows how long it's been since I last watched the DVD! :lol:
     
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    Yes, I had to remind myself of how the DVD looked as well.

    This is definitely not just an upscale, it has more detail and less video noise than the DVD. Shame about the audio though.
     
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    When I still had an 32 inch CRT, that THX Anchor Bay transfer was glorious.
    Then I got an HDTV, and I noticed how soft it was, and filled with artifacts :D

    It´s insane how badly some of those DVD transfers have aged, even if they are only tops 10 years old :eek:

    They sure have come a long way when it comes to remastering the classics, just the last 4-5 years.

    In 15 years, we will probably puke at those "crappy" 4K transfers ;) :D
     
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    Have there been any updates on a US blu release for Opera?

    It's my favorite Argento film so I'm thinking about taking the plunge and getting the Japanese disc, but a part of me still wants to hold off because it will eventually be released stateside.
     
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    Bill gave some strong indications that Code Red has Opera for the US right? Along with The Church I believe. I'll be waiting to see what comes of that first.
     
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    Supposedly, yes. They were photos on Facebook, but no hard evidence has appeared beyond that I don't think.
     
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    None of these links work. :(
     
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    Ah sorry, they were quite big so I deleted them after a while to free up some space. Just searched my hard drive and seems I didn't keep a local copy either.

    The Jap transfer was OK, a video upgrade over the old DVD but by no means "reference" quality + the audio quality was quite poor. If the German disc is using the same video transfer but has a good quality English audio track it would be worth getting, but if it's just the same as the Jap disc I wouldn't bother tbh as there will definitely be a better one (in both audio and video) at some point.
     
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    Code Red made a post on Facebook about an interview they conducted with Urbano Barberini. No mention of the movie it was for, but I'm assuming it's Opera. The post also states that this "won't be on overseas blu!", and it's "Urbano in the Raw!". I don't know if that means an overseas blu-ray is also in the works.
     
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    blu ray com says the extra's are in Italian with only German subtitles , and a hiss during the english soundtrack( whatever that means). Maybe wait it out........ but if CR has the english rights who knows when it will be available in any other incarnation. Dilemma dilemma.
     
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    Since Arrow released the movie on DVD in the UK, I hope they will also release it on BD in a near future, IF they still have the license.
     

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