For those wondering about Suspiria on DVD

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  1. Crystal Plumage

    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    With so many different DVD releases of this film people might want to know which is the best presentation. Many comparisons online say different things.
    Here's the latest from Land of Whimsey:

    http://whiggles.landofwhimsy.com/archives/2009/05/the_colours_man_the_colours.html
     
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    I'd keep my Anchor Bay DVD any day over those more recent French and Italian DVD/Blu-rays...the screenshots from those look absolutely horrid.
     
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    I am all the more happier to own my AB 3 disc, now. Thanks for the info, CP!
     
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    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    Yes but what about the LOW music volume of the AB dvd? It cannot be compared to the original print - having seen the film in cinema a dozen of times, in various countries, I think I know what I'm talkin' about. The sound sucks...
     
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    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    Also the reviewer is mistaken about some things:
    "the English track actually features the on-set vocal performances of Jessica Harper, Joan Bennett and Alida Valli"
    Wrong - Only "diva" Joan Bennet refused to dub herself. Harper and Valli did their own dubbing. That's why all her scenes where she actually has dialogue are static. The movements of the heavy technicolor camera made a lot of noise to allow for live sound recording.

    A fan of the film should know how this film is supposed to sound like.
     
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    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    And the pics are not trustworthy it seems:

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    There is something wrong with our pics. I watched this Blu-ray on HTPC and a Sony BDP-S350. On the HTPC this BD has major problems with color wobble and bleeding especially with red. On the S350 all these problems are gone! Contrast and colors are NOT as borked as these screenshots may suggest. The reds are milder and contrast much more balanced. I don't know why this BD looks like sh*t on the HTPC (I suspect bad decoding in combination with extreme HTPC settings and PC Levels colorspace) but if you watch this on a standalone all is well. So: IMO the BD is definitely worth buying if you don't watch it on a HTPC.
    Posted by: Rathbone, March 21, 2009 11:55 AM


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    Sorry Rathbone, but those shots are what's on the disc. Your display (which display is it, incidentally?) might be doing something to make it more pleasing to look at, but it can't get back the information that's been lost due to clipping in those extreme examples.
    Posted by: David Mackenzie, March 21, 2009 5:57 PM


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    Sorry David but it certainly isn't a display issue cause both HTPC and S350 are connected to the same Samsung 46A786 with same settings. It's even the same HDMI port cause both devices are connected to my Onkyo 605 so I only need to switch the HDMI input. This is definitely a HTPC/codec/hardware issue. On different software players I can see the same color wobble, color noise, artifacts especially with the color red. The BD looks on my HTPC exactly like on your pics. Horribly artificial and blown up. But on the S350 it's perfectly balanced, stable natural reds. I can take some pics if you like.
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    Anyone taken a close look at the Dragon/Raptor release? Reportedly it has the original 4-channel audio on their 2-channel stereo track, not the altered Lustig one. So if that has a good transfer, it may be the best version.
     
  8. Crystal Plumage

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    Most of the DVDs out there used the AB print. If some companies used different audio (ie. 4 channels etc.) than that release is preferable to the US release..

    I have to say, in the original post from Michael Mackenzie, there's no talk about the audio at all. I know how he thinks about that (he thinks it sucks too):
    This was soleley about comparing picture quality, color timing etc. And in that case the US DVD is the winner.
     
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    kill me, but i think the bluray looks good, can't get the audio to work on the "version " someone gave me though lol
     
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    and yes, I've seen it in the theater, in 2003
     
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    Blue Underground's 2-disc DVD of Suspiria being OOP, I thought I'd mention this in case anyone in the Toronto area wants a copy and doesn't have one (shame on you) - the HMV at Yorkdale apparently found some copies under a rock somewhere, because they have a few of them on sale for $10.
     

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