Originally Posted by wuther
Odd that no one has mentioned Cover Girl...
I have COVER GIRL. I did mention my thoughts on another site but neglected to post them here.
I actually have a quite FAVORABLE (or, as we say in Canada, "favourable"
) opinion of the COVER GIRL Blu-ray.
Specifically about the grain: while it is moderately prominent, I found it neither excessive or distracting. Since I would assume (as does everyone else) that the original camera source material isn't available, the source is likely some generations removed and that will cause a build up of grain. The common fix for excess grain is DNR which, as we know, not only fixes excess grain but "fixes" fine detail by scrubbing it away. So I find the grain perfectly tolerable and much preferable to the bad alternative.
Also likely related to the multi-generational source is the excess contrast since, just like grain, contrast will build up when film is copied. And the contrast here is excessive.
Many have said they find the transfer too dark. I do not. People talk of the "brightness" of the 2003 DVD as if brightness is automatically a virtue. Most home video transfers over the last generation have been overly bright. COVER GIRL is a movie that takes place in a night club...and the back stage of a night club...and a music hall at night....and a diner at night...and a city street at night. Why should this be bright? The only real daylight scenes would be the very brief section toward the end of the movie with Gene Kelly and Phil Silvers travelling on a truck to an army base. In my opinion the brightness of this transfer is appropriate and it protects the highlights rather than being overly bright and bringing up shadow at the expense of blown highlights.
I think the colors are just fine and I found no unusual color shifting.
I think this is a good transfer.
It's not reference. It's not excellent. It's not on the high end of what we've seen from Twilight Time.
This is a good transfer of a 1944 movie. If you are a Rita Hayworth fan (like me), owning this was an easy decision. If you just like the dubious "thrill" of limited editions, you might spend your $30.00 somewhere else.