I received the Blu-ray in the mail today, and I think it looks good. Compared to the DVD, the enhanced resolution and color depth allow for a more precise and subtly delineated image that adds impact and depth on a large screen. As Mondo Digital
notes, the restoration appears to use a bit too much grain management, but in my opinion it's not a major issue. Certainly, it's not as bad as some of the Polish restorations discussed elsewhere. For what it's worth, Kende signed off on the restoration. I am also increasingly convinced that some of the softness in the image may have to do with the resolving power of the zoom lens that Kende used for the film.
The booklet and especially the video interview with Kende are enlightening. If you haven't seen a Jancsó film before, this Blu-ray is a good place to start. Now let's hope that the new digital restoration of The Round-Up
gets a Blu-ray release somewhere, to say nothing of The Red and the White
, Silence and Cry
and Red Psalm
. What a brilliant director Jancsó was!