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The Shining review

post #1 of 11
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post #2 of 11
Cool! I'm buying this puppy tomorrow! The sound isn't great apparently, but I appreciate the 5.1 attempt included over the original mono code. At least the picture quality scored very high for the age of this film.
post #3 of 11
I don't get how the picture can get such a high score? I've not seen it, but i hope to hear others comments.
post #4 of 11
A score that high in video almost means to me that the score is in reflection to the age of the film among other factors. I say that because how can this print (which I think is incredible given the age of print) score a 4 1/2 on video and be the same as something like Inside Man which blew me away but also recieved a 4 1/2 for pic quality?
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by dnbois56 View Post

A score that high in video almost means to me that the score is in reflection to the age of the film among other factors. I say that because how can this print (which I think is incredible given the age of print) score a 4 1/2 on video and be the same as something like Inside Man which blew me away but also recieved a 4 1/2 for pic quality?

You forget Peter Bracke wrote this review. There is no rhyme or reason to his scores. Let's not forget March of the Penguins was a 4.5 star PQ according to Bracke. I skipped through the Shining last night and it's good but about 3.5 stars for PQ. Still very good but definitely not 4.5.
post #6 of 11
I picked this one up last night at BBY...

I only watched the first 15 minutes of the film so I can't base my initial impressions across the entire film, but it is a fantastic transfer. I've bought the last two DVD releases of this film with the 5.1 remix. This new mix really brings out the "lost" life in this film! It still doesn't compare to anything from a modern day standard, but it holds up very well.

For a remaster, I'd give the PQ 4/5 and AQ 4/5.

If you're on the fence, IMO this is a definete add to your collection!
post #7 of 11
flletwoodguy,

Did you get a chance to watch any more of this? 5 posts so far for a review and this was released on Tuesday (though I do think there were problems with folks getting their preorders)? I was expecting lots more folks to be all over this one just buying it from B&M stores!
post #8 of 11
grrrr...

Can't find it!
post #9 of 11
I thought that might be an issue as well. Oh well and I guess I need to have more patience!
post #10 of 11
I think the 4.5 was more in comparison to previous releases and intended look than on any type of even scale. It does look much better and the details are clearer throughout. It seems that every time Scatman comes on the screen the fine details get better and less soft. Something that also happens with exterior city street shots in Eyes Wide Shut.

It's a big improvement and the visuals are much more powerful with the closer to indented framing.
post #11 of 11
I agree that if I were scoring it I would rate it a strong 3.5 on video but that's in comparioson to say Transformers being a 4.5. I was very pleased with this transfer though but not to beat a dead horse but I just wish Deliverance could have looked a little better.
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