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Old 06-02-2014, 06:19 PM   #1
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Argento's 'Opera' in HD?

http://www.ghoulbasement.com/2014/05...n-blu-ray.html

interesting...
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:39 PM   #2
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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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Old 07-28-2014, 03:49 PM   #3
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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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Old 07-28-2014, 09:10 PM   #4
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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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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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Old 07-28-2014, 10:19 PM   #5
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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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Old 07-30-2014, 04:29 PM   #6
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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
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:27 PM   #7
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Nope, thatīs 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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Old 07-30-2014, 07:23 PM   #8
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Nope, thatīs 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.
Shows how long it's been since I last watched the DVD!
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Old 07-30-2014, 07:54 PM   #9
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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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Shows how long it's been since I last watched the DVD!
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

Itīs insane how badly some of those DVD transfers have aged, even if they are only tops 10 years old

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
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Old 06-24-2015, 11:21 PM   #11
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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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