2nd was this three-hour TV mini-series based on a Stephen King novel...
26. Salem's Lot (1979), BD
A writer (David Soul) returns to his hometown in an attempt to confront his childhood demons, and fears of an old mansion with a checkered past.
This is still surprisingly effective, due in no small part to some first-rate performances by David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, James Mason, Lew Ayres, Geoffrey Lewis and the other supporting actors, and also Tobe Hooper's deft direction. It builds steadily and creepily to its chilling climax.
The movie is presented on Blu-ray in its original 1.37:1 (aka 4:3) TV aspect ratio... which means it has black bars on the sides. The framing of the 1.37:1 image is not very tight though, so you can get away with zooming, and cropping the top and bottom a little, if you want a bigger/wider image on your HDTV. (I reframed the picture to about 1.60:1, and nothing vital was lost.)
I didn't scrutinize the black levels super closely, but the picture on the BD has plenty of depth, contrast and punch, and very nice color, midtones and detail. The picture is definitely on the grainy side though, moreso in some scenes than in others. And the color tends to favor cherry reds, pea greens and earthier tones, which give it a somewhat "vintage" look. (There are some amazing wood tones, tans, creams, ochres, golds and greens in this.)
The monophonic soundtrack does have some
depth to it, and pretty good detail. And there are some nice sound FX toward the end (which will probably come across better on speakers than on my headphones). But the audio (esp. dialogue) is a little thin and bright overall, and occasionally somewhat shrill. So I added some more warmth with my EQ.
Many thanks to ApolloCreed and others here for helping to push me over the edge on this. I enjoyed it a lot!