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 Post subject: Re: Raro Video
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 1:31 pm 
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DVDBeaver review for the Blu-ray of The Perfume of the Lady in Black


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 Post subject: Re: Raro Video
PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:25 pm 
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It looks like I cannibali was another one of their DNR'd messes, a few years ago. Not exact frame, but look at the detail on the waffle towel compared to the Italian DVD.

Does anyone have this disc? I can hardly find any reviews of it online, at least not those that are actually not just waving the transfer through on the basis that HD + Blu-ray = stunning. The Digital Bits condemns it but does not provide screenshots.


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 Post subject: Re: Raro Video
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:41 pm 
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I picked up I Cannibali following Glenn Erickson's review for DVD Savant (in which he was very complimentary of the technical aspects of the disc) but only got around to checking it now (watched just the 1st 20 minutes).

With the caveat that I never saw the film projected, so have no direct comparison, the colour was convincing for a film of its era and probably the best thing about the transfer. As the diaboliquemagazine review points out, sharpness and grain are surprisingly variable. At times the variability is distracting, however, I only occasionally noticed the image straying into the uncanny alleys of waxiness or blockiness. One time was in the early scene at the swimming pool, featured in diaboliquemagazine's 2nd capture. Interiors generally fared worse and are rather flatly lit, such that I gained the impression the DP was more of a location specialist.

The film was shot in Techniscope, so I'd expect the image to be around the same resolution as for other films made in that process at the end of the 1960s. The nearest I possess for reference is the Criterion Two-Lane Blacktop, photographed around 18 months after I Cannibali. The Raro BRD is perhaps slightly inferior to that, with less grain visible on average. Another comparison might be Madigan, shot around 18 months before I Cannibali. The former looked almost like 16mm in the (SD) UK TV showing I sampled a few years ago. Probably not fair, but at least the I Cannibali BRD is far superior to that! Incidentally, I notice there is a Japanese Blu Ray of Madigan, but no reviews at all which I could find.

English subtitles are not forced, but seemed awkwardly worded once or twice.

It's also worth mentioning that the Cavani interview is quite bad technically, with microphone interference and on low grade video, which even looks like it might have been through a standards conversion.


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