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post #1 of 13
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Amazon has Strictly Ballroom up for preorder smile.gif. It has an April 30th 2013 release date.
post #2 of 13
One of the few Auzzie films I like:
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Strictly-Ballroom-Blu-ray/65532/#Review

Ugh, the caps look bad, over scrubbed, weak detail and really bright. Really Loinsgate?
Edited by wuther - 4/26/13 at 5:47pm
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Ugh, the caps look bad, over scrubbed, weak detail and really bright. Really Loinsgate?
Sadly, I have to agree.

I have been waiting a long time for this one....frown.gif
post #4 of 13
I just watched Evil Dead 2 which was released by LG, the pq over all was great, they bothered not to just put the previous awful BD of ED2 so I have no idea why they thought Strictly Ballroom, if the caps are accurate, looking like this was a good idea.
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I just watched Evil Dead 2 which was released by LG, the pq over all was great, they bothered not to just put the previous awful BD of ED2 so I have no idea why they thought Strictly Ballroom, if the caps are accurate, looking like this was a good idea.

Lionsgate doesn't really do anything. They are just a repository for StudioCanal, Miramax, and what used to be Artisan.
Evil Dead was good because StudioCanal wanted it to be, thats all there is to that.
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Lionsgate doesn't really do anything. They are just a repository for StudioCanal, Miramax, and what used to be Artisan.
Evil Dead was good because StudioCanal wanted it to be, thats all there is to that.

That does not explain why the first BD of ED2 looked so bad nor why LG would license/whatever ED2 without making sure they got an improved transfer.
post #7 of 13
Lionsgate distributes for StudioCanal.
The first BD of Evil Dead 2 was done by Anchor Bay for a 2005 dvd re-issue, and it was terrible.
StudioCanal and Sam Raimi probably thought that it deserved better as it was considered to be the worst HD transfer ever released on disc.
post #8 of 13
Even with the less than stellar PQ, I'll be buying tomorrow

BB has this for 12.99.
Trade in a DVD and the final price is 7.99.
I can go with that....
post #9 of 13
For me, the black level variation in Strictly Ballroom was the most annoying and obvious of its problems. Some shots/scenes had the black level correct while others had the black level too high making for a washed out look. Will have to look at the DVD version to see if it is the same way. The BD version does appear to have more detail.

The BD version does not include the original Dolby Stereo (Dolby Surround) soundtrack and this really does irritate me. The included DTS MA 5.1 is good, its just that I prefer the original Dolby Stereo (in most cases) and do my own audio processing.
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For me, the black level variation in Strictly Ballroom was the most annoying and obvious of its problems. Some shots/scenes had the black level correct while others had the black level too high making for a washed out look. Will have to look at the DVD version to see if it is the same way.
Uh oh.....I really hate varying black levels and my copy has already shipped.rolleyes.gif
post #11 of 13
Amazon copy arrived today.


The Good
Audio quality

The Bad
Definitely NOT eye-candy
Odd over-lit (?) appearance
Not much detail
Needed to be OAR


I am not sure what happened with this transfer, but it doesn't look nearly as well as it should.

Throughout the movie I wondered if this had been mis-framed.
The official OAR is 1.85, the BD is 1.78
Ordinarily, this isn't a big deal.
However, this movie is one that truly needs its OAR.
post #12 of 13
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Amazon copy arrived today....

...I am not sure what happened with this transfer, but it doesn't look nearly as well as it should.

Throughout the movie I wondered if this had been mis-framed.
The official OAR is 1.85, the BD is 1.78
Ordinarily, this isn't a big deal.
However, this movie is one that truly needs its OAR.

I can tell you what happened to the transfer. Nothing. At least, nothing beyond the basic functions of a digital scan of a 21 year-old film element with no money put into digital clean-up/enhancement. Digital restoration is expensive and small labels don't have the resources to put into a transfer that will sell in the low numbers a film like this will. That aside, one will have a much higher appreciation of this new release if one has the UK disc that was released several years ago. Maybe this disc isn't "eye candy" (though I might take exception with that), but in relative terms, it's pretty damn good.

As for the aspect ratio, c'mon, really?
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Originally Posted by iBob57 View Post

I can tell you what happened to the transfer. Nothing. At least, nothing beyond the basic functions of a digital scan of a 21 year-old film element with no money put into digital clean-up/enhancement. Digital restoration is expensive and small labels don't have the resources to put into a transfer that will sell in the low numbers a film like this will.
Exactly my point...."nothing" was put into transfer.
Out the door and onto the shelves without the care and respect the film deserves.

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As for the aspect ratio, c'mon, really?
Really.wink.gif
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