HD Comparisons – King Kong. (1933) The dvd edition of King Kong was zoomed in and the blu ray shows more of the image, some pops and speckles and hairs on the print have been fixed and i imagine Warner had someone doing scratch removal by hand.
Blu ray screencaps from Phantom Of The Opera. Phantom Of The Opera hails from 1943 and used the three strip Technicolor process, there have been numerous version’s of the story made for film and television including a silent version from 1925 which starred Lon Chaney, this edition features Claude Rains as Erique Claudin aka The Phantom.
Kevin Costner plays Ethan Runner, an agent who works for the American secret service as a hit man, he is dying of a terminal illness and decides it’s time to reconnect with his daughter, the good news is they have an experimental drug which could save his life, the bad news is they will only give it to him if he completes one last assignment, this involves taking down a top terrorist, so with daughter in tow he sets out to complete his mission.
Disney Animation And DNR. Disney wants to make all their classic animated film titles look super smooth, the issue i have with all this is that to achieve this aim they need to remove the film grain, when you remove this you remove fine detail and end up bluring the image, the degrain tool when overused defocuses everything, what was once sharp and detailed becomes soft and blurry.
I stopped buying Disney animated films after the release of Bambi.
The Wolf Man was made in 1941, the plot revolves around Larry Talbot’s return to his ancestral home in Wales, his brother has just died and his relationship with his father, Sir John Talbot, is strained, he gets involved with a local woman, Gwen, who runs an antique shop, she sells him a silver headed walking stick decorated with a wolf, the walking stick has great significance in The Wolf Man. I think there is great atmosphere in this film.
HD Comparison images from Charade. The Criterion collection blu ray release of Charade and the Universal blu ray release of Charade were both created from a 35mm interpositive, they are identical in image quality, check the screencaps in the comparison out you will note a few specks here and there at exactly the same points on both discs.
Blu ray screencaps – The Bride Of Frankenstein. After the success of the original Frankenstein the sequel was quickly put on a fast track by the studio but it ended up being delayed due to difficulties adapting the script, the director, James Whale, was unhappy with many of the script treatments, indeed many screenwriters had a stab at writing the film, this isn’t unusual, a lot of film scripts get developed this way.