Originally Posted by Paulidan
I've been defending the release about as strong as anyone here and all I've ever said was that I find it-upon a direct a/b comparison-
a good sized improvement over the DVD. Enough of one to justify the upgrade for me.
Like it or not, the Bd mitigates numerous blatant problems that the DVD had.
I watched this BD for the first time two nights ago. In short, it is a significant improvement over the DVD - particularly the increase in detail of the geographic vistas.
The audio is, as expected, a paradox. IMO, the music and, for lack of a better expression, sound effects, add tremendously to the ambiance of the film. In large part it has made the movie what it is, and has become, to its viewers.
The technical aspects of the movie's dialogue are sometimes bothersome, to say the least. But, as always, this has to be overlooked in a partially-dubbed outdoor film of that era.
What transpires in the film is, of course, fantasy - not the extreme fantasy of Harry Potter, but not really very far from it. The film is of this world, and of a historical time, but it is not close to the reality of the real old west, nor was it intended to be. Absolutely everything about the movie proves that it is a concentrated "syrup" of myths of the old west taken to the extreme (without the sex, of course) and put in a very very artistic bottle.
When I first saw the movie I found only a couple of scenes memorable. Now, after having watched it many times over the years, I find almost all of it that way - even some scenes that I found tedious at that first viewing. (Patience is, more than a mere virtue, an absolute necessity when watching this film.)
For example, the scene near the end of the movie - when the three characters face off in the circular, paved central part of the cemetary - is now one of my favorite scenes of the movie. To me, this is movie-making magic at it's best. Music
, camera technique, "acting", and, most of all, timing
, blend together to inspire in the viewer something that is greater than the sum of the parts. (They definitely didn't have a shortage of film when they shot this baby!) It is all 100% B.S., but it's magical B.S.!
I highly recommend that all movie lovers add this remarkable piece of reality-based fantasy to their library!
(BTW, how'd you like to be the one doing the re-make of this picture?)