on Blu several years ago (in a two-pack set that came with the Goodfellas Blu). Not sure which version I have, given that this film has been released on Blu almost as often as most people change their socks
But, I know it's an older version due to the Special Features menu, etc.
In any case, I've never see it on Blu - until now. Wow. This is truly an incredible experience, and seeing this in glorious HD definitely elevates this to one of the top ten best films ever made.
The PQ is, overall, significantly better than the DVD. I'm very impressed with the sharpness throughout most of the film - well done.
I didn't see a lot of difference in the color (from the DVD), but this makes perfect sense since this is not a colorful, vibrant movie. Even the day-time scenes are - in many cases - intentionally dark-ish/gloomy. And, the film's color pallet intentionally consists of primarily black, white, gray, and tan/brown.
Epic in scope, with an amazing ensemble. This is an extremely well-done crime drama. Perfect casting for every character - from the largest role to the smallest cameo. I also found the plot, cinematography, and editing flawless. Mid-'90's Los Angeles (and the surrounding areas) may as well have been another character in the film.
also features an amazing ambient score throughout; this is subtle & understated through most of the film. And, it culminates in the finale, with Moby's
iconic track God Moving Over the Face of the Waters
. Also notable is the instrumental of Moby's
cover version of New Dawn Fades
(originally written & performed by Joy Division
) as Vincent Hanna (Pacino) pursues McCauley (DeNiro) on the freeway @ night.
Side-note: This Blu is the version without the "detritus" line. On the old DVD, the scene when Vincent Hanna has that conversation (in the restaurant) with his soon-to-be estranged wife Justine (Diane Venora), she used the word "detritus" when she was talking to Vincent about his job. I don't know if any other Blu version of the film also includes this word in the dialogue, but it's not in this version.