Originally Posted by 42041
Just watched the disc. Strong catalog transfer by Universal standards, perhaps their best, whatever that's worth. Detail tends to be quite strong, and they didn't go too crazy with the sharpening. Not too happy about the grain "management", I hoped it would be restricted to low-light scenes but unfortunately temporal denoising artifacts of varying degrees of obviousness are visible for the majority of the film, the usual case of grain moving at an unnaturally leisurely pace and motion causing smeary ghosting, like some Lowry efforts. Some people don't find that bothersome, some do, probably depends a lot on your viewing distance. Reminds me a lot of Star Wars OT really, where the image is quite crisp and clear but with a somewhat electronic patina; whatever defects there are are not serious enough to spoil the show but I can't quite muster up much enthusiasm about it.
I listened to the mono audio track which sounded more than adequate to me, so can't weigh in on the surround mix.
Well, I hate "lazy grain", Star Wars being a prime offender. As far as the wider perception of this artefact is concerned, I think people see grain on-screen, breathe a sigh of relief and that's where their interest ends. Doesn't matter if it's hanging there in a static clump, only reacting when people pass through it or whatever, because grain = good, an overly simplistic mantra resulting from the Great DNR Hysteria circa 2008.
Reminds me of Arrow's UK Dawn Of The Dead Blu-ray, which garnered a universal reaction of "it's grainy but that's how it's supposed to look". So, I watch it and I can clearly see the smeary, dragging outlines which follows things around as they move (I would link to a cap which clearly shows what I see in motion, but I know that it won't curry favour with certain members), and I'm fairly horrified by what I'm watching. But hey, that's how it was shot. Right?
Jaws still isn't out over here yet, and with all these conflicting views on the presentation I'm more eager than ever to settle in and make my mind up.