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This has been a favorite of mine for years and I was able to pick it up recently at a very good price. This is the *Remastered* release (the first release was horrible on all counts from everything I've read), which came out in 2012. I was pleasantly surprised on how good it looks for a movie this old.
This is NOT perfect, for the first 12-13 minutes had a few issues, notably extreme softness as the cameraman panned the Venezuelan landscapes as a helicopter makes its way into the deep jungle. Blacks levels were also less-than-stellar in that chapter and it lacked depth.
But from the 13 minute mark it literally came alive, with warm and vibrant COLORS (an very natural-looking as well!), exquisite DETAILS & DEPTH, measurable SHARPNESS & CLARITY, and spot-on FLESH TONES. BLACK LEVELS weren't the best, but at least I didn't notice any instances of crush or murkiness. There was some banding/noise in a scene towards the end in the wine cellar, but other than it was void of anomalies.
If you're a fan of this title, by all means pick up a copy. You'll be treated to some decent EYE CANDY in most scenes. If not for the first 12 minutes, some occasional softness, and the scene alluded to earlier in the wine cellar, I would be tempted to assign this to the top of Tier 1. But in fairness it must be penalized, though a half tier drop should suffice....
Tier Recommendation: 1.5*
Viewed from 7.5' using the equipment listed below....
Pioneer Kuro Elite PRO-151FD....Pioneer Elite BDP-05....Onkyo TX-NR717
Cambridge Soundworks MC305 Fronts & Center...Cambridge Soundworks Ambiance Surrounds....SVS PC12-NSD
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