Monday, December 5, 2011

SPARTACUS Blu-ray disaster

It seems that Universal's Blu-Ray release of SPARTACUS is a complete disaster. The digital restoration has removed all semblance of film grain and in turn every actor looks waxy or not human. There's a big brouhaha going on with purists but for now no recall has been issued by Universal. I've seen screengrabs of the blu-ray (example above) and it really looks terrible (I don't own an hd dvd player). What's the point of film restoration and hd if it makes the movie look this bad? The sad thing is that most people will notice the ugly image and blame it on the age of the movie and not the bad transfer.

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