DVD Beaver on Johnny Guitar
hearthesilence wrote:I thought Body Snatchers and Johnny Guitar had problems? Forgot what, but that's why I held off on them.
The new Olive Blu-ray is superior to all the SD-DVDs and, remarkably, is the only digital edition in accurate theatrical running time. Colors gain vibrancy, detail and contrast advance and there are far fewer artefacts although there are still some light scratches and speckles on the 1080P source. Certainly this is the edition to own with modest lossless sound (no subtitle options) and a cool 3.5-minute appreciation by Martin Scorsese. This is iconic cinema and we give a full endorsement to the Olive Films Blu-ray package. This is great news!
NOTE: The film was originally composed for 1.66:1 and the Olive Films Blu-ray is, like the DVDs, approximately 1.33:1. (Thanks Bob!)
In the Crawford (w/ Little Rid Riding Hood outfit) grab, the Olive looks overly red in comparison to the Spanish dvd, but I don't know how it's supposed to look. Otherwise, color & detail is better than any other options, though it doesn't even fill 20G of a single-sided disc, which is the biggest problem of most Olive blu-rays (but most titles won't get blu-ray release anywhere else anytime soon).
There is an error (manufacturing?) in at least some copies of Letter From An Unkown Woman
, where the image breaks up a couple minutes before the end. I emailed Olive, but never got a response.Really wished Criterion had grabbed this one, Johnny Guitar
, & The Pawnbroker
, which was supposedly on schedule to be released for over a year now.
Otherwise, my favorites so far are:
Force Of Evil
Body and Soul
Appointment With Danger
(if you like theater/Shakespeare)
(if you like vintage cartoons)
The Magic Christian
(but I'd only recommend it to people who enjoy off-beat experiments from late 60s & early 70s, think Head
meets Medium Cool