Originally Posted by Paulidan
I was going to post in the Days of Heaven specific thread, but since it came up in conversation here, I toss in a few words here
I've been waiting forever for this sale to pick this (and Walkabout) up. I was frankly disappointed in the Criterion DVD release of it, and wasn't surprised to see people find EE on the Bd. But I spun a little of the film as soon as I picked it up yesterday and I was very happy with what I saw. Yeah there was still some haloing present- but nowhere to the extent like it was on the DVD- and some of the scenes on the DVD where it was really obvious and had an entirely digital signature, looked much more subtle and even more analog in appearance on the Bd.
That's focusing on the negative.
When I focus on the positive- the Bd looks to be a vast
improvement over the DVD and the film looks, overall, glorious.
I'm ecstatic this film has been released on the format, when so much else hasn't yet, and that it looks as good as it does.
While I understand and even empathize sometimes with the mindset, it still seems a huge shame that so often here the 'near perfect' is the mortal enemy of the 'perfect'.
I haven't watched it start to finish, so maybe I will have to alter my praise- but what I see so far makes me deliriously happy.
As far as the rest of the movie goes-
this has one of the most underrated and iconic movie scores ever by Morricone. Cues from it show up all the time in various documentaries and promotional films. It's a brilliant underscore to the film's visuals and the two together are magical.
The performances across the board are great. Gere can be a fine actor and he represents this particular character very well. Adams is wonderful, Shepherd is great, and Manz, in particular, is fantastic. IMO, Her voice over in the film works better here, than any other VO in a Malick film. It feels entirely organic and natural- and Manz's delivery of the lines are wonderfully evocative of the characters education and background.
A very simple, modest story that is exceptionally well crafted on every level.