Star Wars Original Trilogy
Best Blu-ray reissue
The doors to the vault of popular cinema have finally been blown open for BD. From West Side Story to Scarface, catalogue titles have never been more welcome. My pick-of the reissues though is one people actually wanted to buy. Indeed, it’s the biggest selling Blu-ray reissue in the galaxy: Star Wars: The Original trilogy.
This three disc set features the sharpest versions of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi seen to date, plus new and archival audio interviews for each. Lucasfilm’s archivists have done a marvellous job re-minting both sound and vision, particularly given the budgetary constraints on the original film. The Force is still strong with this set.
Resident Evil: Afterlife
Best Blu-ray 3D
This is certain to be a contentious category, particularly given how vocal 3D naysayers tend to be, but it’s also one that’s difficult to ignore. My winner transpired to be an easy pick though, given that the vast majority of 3D released on disc has been ‘toons or post-produced tosh.
Paul W.S. Anderson’s RE: Afterlife is neither. Shot with Cameron’s 3D Fusion Camera system, I’m happy to argue that it uses its 3D remarkably well. From the opening contagion title sequence, to the water-lashed slo-mo battle featuring Ali Larter, Milla Jovovich and the Axeman, this title rewards you for putting up with cumbersome spex.
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I'd like to think
That it's a review actually separating content from quality for once.
Generally I know what the film is, I have my own taste and know what I enjoy and what I don't. The information that's always missing is, whether the transfer makes it stunning, or makes it look like it was filmed by a drunken monkey with the microphone dipped in a bucket of frogs!
The top film in a review like this could have been spice world for all I care, if it was the best quality blu-ray. I got a set of discs free with my player, not something many people would consider very good, it wasn't until I'd bought a couple myself that I realised why they'd been packaged, because they showed off blu-ray quality, not because they were any good.
Re: what a god awful selection of films
They're rated as Blu-ray Discs, not as films. That's another article entirely.
I laughed at that part. I still don't know how they can legally sell them as the originals when they clearly aren't. My angst has nothing to do with the visual/sound quality, but the overall reduction of Vader to a whiny little bitch.