Originally Posted by dvdmike007
My eyes work, I was able to look at the shots and compare to the old disc, and you can see that the 4k restoration has brought a ton more detail but it is compressed beyond belief.
But yeah, you go picking a fight yet again
I'm not picking a fight, I am stating a fact. Having eyes is great - seeing an actual Blu-ray disc is probably preferable. The length of the movie should not be a problem on a BD50 - if you don't know that then you don't know about Blu-ray discs. I cannot and will not say whether the compression is well done until I see the actual disc. Then I can make an informed post about it. I think at this point in time it's the same five people on various boards who always do this screen caps game. Others have learned it's not a good game to play. This is a film I love. Funnily, the first time I saw it, on its opening day in Hollywood at the Vogue Theater - first showing - it was, of course, the shortened two hour and twenty-minute version. At that point in time not many people knew it had been re-cut. I think I did, but can't really remember for sure. Well, I loved the film, even in that form (I kind of wish they'd include it as an extra - I still have a Betamax of the short version and while it's clearly not so hot, it does elicit a different emotional response in certain ways from having it chronological), and I saw it twice more during the week it played.
Then I began reading all about what had happened and was drooling to see that, and was there at a screening just before the official release of the long version. I loved that, too, and saw it many times. Having watched some of the newly-reinserted scenes, I'm not all that sure Mr. Leone would be thrilled to have them back in. He shot the script, as all directors do. And then they find the film in the editing room. I don't know any movie that has put in every scene shot exactly as shot. They find the rhythm of the film and in so doing scenes get cut and scenes should get cut if their not helping the film. When I watch the awkward De Niro and Louise Fletcher scene, it seems "improvised" in the worst way (and it was - I have the script) and it's clear why it was cut. I also understand that at some point Leone was thinking about airing all of it on Italian television, but I firmly believe the long version is what he wanted filmgoers to see. So, I will be very interested to see this version when it arrives in a week or so, and I will report back on compression issues or lack thereof at that time. Again, there should be NO problem whatsoever putting this film on a BD50 just as there was no problem with Lawrence of Arabia. There are no real extras so there is plenty of room. If they compressed it poorly that is a different matter and we shall see when I watch the MOTION picture.