Halloween Blu Ray release gets poor rating

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  1. othervoice1

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    There's more in the link but here are the video details.
     
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    If you read HTF or DVDTalk, the SE of Bram Stoker's Dracula is getting a lot of shit because the BR transfer is much darker than the standard and Superbit DVDs, and the bright colors have been toned down considerably.

    Pretty disappointing for both titles.
     
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    Jesus, they're still whinging about the blues in Halloween. Didn't we have that over a year ago? I like the Divimax version and it's certainly the version I reach over to watch - and the newer one adds quite a bit of detail. So I'm pro-it. There's nothing new in that review sadly - it alomst reads lik a cut and paste from the Divimax comments.
     
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    So maybe there's a better thread to ask this question, but in folks' opinion, what IS the best DVD version of Halloween? I bought the one that had Michael Meyers' face sort of holographed on the cover, it's been out quite awhile, and was one of the first DVDs I bought...
     
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    I have that one too. But I prefer the Divimax for A/V.
     
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    I personally feel the Divimax edition of Halloween is the best DVD. I feel it has the best picture and extras, including the Carpenter commentary.

    That Blu-ray Halloween looks great though. If I was into the HD formats, I'd get it. I'm pleased to see it doesn't have the blue tints from the Cundey-approved transfer. I hate the way it looks compared to the Divimax and Blu-ray versions. I like what this guy said. Kind funny

     
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    Does he say the same thing about Suspiria? :D
     
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    My vote goes for the '99 Limited Edition. There's nothing wrong with owning both that and the DiviMax for the features. But if you want to see the film as intended, reach for the LE.
     
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    No Cundey approved transfer = no sale
     
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    The four AB Blu-rays shipped from Deep Discount today, so I guess I'll see how they all look.
     
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    I prefer the correct color scheme to a bit more sharpness as well.
    For the commentary I have the Criterion laserdisc.
    For the extra features on disc 2 of the Divimax set, I have a dub of disc 2 which I might've watched once. I also have 3 different postcards in my LE. The thing wil need it's own box when I move.:D
     
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    I have the 99 limited edition with both the regular and television versions of the movie and i love it- but they are out of print and used usually go for around 60.00 on ebay
     
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    I'm not into HD yet, but I'm sure Anchor Bay will release Halloween with a "new" transfer in oh about 6 months. Did anyone actually expect Anchor Bay to release a perfect transfer of Halloween? That's how they get their money release and then rerelease the same movies over and over.
     
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    Actually, they get their money from the people who bitch about "ugh, AB is double-dipping AGAIN," yet still go out and buy whatever recently released version is available.
     
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    Well to me anchor bay is long gone dead. The people who owned it aren't even running the show anymore. So if we decide to blame anybody we can all point the finger now at STARS. :fuck:
     
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    Turns out I'm a liar.
     
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    ^Well don't feel too bad, I ordered Dracula on Blu-ray and I said that was a no sale originally too. But damn it, Frys.com had a $9.99 sale. I'm holding steady on Halloween though.
     
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    I rented the Halloween Blu-Ray and all I have to say is that it looked pretty amazing. I've never seen the film look so sharp and perfect. I was looking for the colour variations from the Anchor bay version, I did see it but it was far from distracting.

    As for the the poor review from high def digest I notices the reviewer has added the following.

    http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/966/halloween1978.html

    (UPDATE: Since I originally posted this review, many readers have asked how I could possibly have rated the video on this disc so poorly when others have reported strong results for this disc's video. To be clear, setting aside the color timing issues mentioned above, this is a generally strong transfer, and if you're not sensitive to the issues inherent in preserving a director's intentions, you're not likely to take issue with the video on this disc. As a longtime fan of 'Halloween,' however -- and as someone who feels strongly that the filmmaker's intentions should always be sacrosanct -- I take particular issue with the decision to yet again utilize a compromised master that's been disowned by John Carpenter himself for this release. If you don't happen to share this same sensitivity, you're likely to find the picture quality on this disc perfectly acceptable and even quite superior for an almost thirty year-old indie film.)
     
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