I've just been granted a sneak preview.
Final verdict when I've watched the whole thing, but it's certainly shaping up to be the best presentation of a 1960s/70s Jancsó title yet seen on any video format - the anamorphic picture (full 2.35:1 OAR, naturally) is damn near pristine, and an obvious advance on my old letterboxed Hungarian DVD. The reds in particular are as punchy as was presumably intended: much of the time the other colours look deliberately muted in order to make them stand out.
And I'm not exactly gutted about finally being able to ditch my homemade subtitles that were Google-translated from Portuguese fansubs that I found online.
Naturally, I'm sorry that it isn't a Blu-ray, as Jancsó's widescreen masterpieces really demand the extra detail (I've been lucky enough to see The Confrontation
in 35mm), but I completely understand the current economics - the fact that no-one has seen fit to give Jancsó the Blu-ray treatment anywhere in the world is revealing enough in itself. In fact, has Jancsó even been mastered to HD?
Incidentally, the title on the menu and the final artwork is The Confrontation (Fényes szelek)
- i.e. with the definite article that I think it's always had in English (it's not a literal translation: the original title means something like 'Bright Winds').UPDATE:
I've posted screengrabs here