Wednesday, February 2

Disregard the A/V idiots, Last House on the Left's Blu-ray looks tremendous...

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Reading around a few A/V forums, I was expecting the worst from MGM's Blu-ray of Craven's The Last House on the Left released this week exclusively at Best Buy for $9.99. Every comment I've come across so far has been negative or wish-washy. Being shot on Super 16mm, the film will always have a soft appearance, but damn, this Blu-ray has substantially more natural grain and color compared to any of the DVDs. In terms of looking true to its film source, it stands with the Anchor Bay/Starz reference quality Evil Dead Blu-ray. Anyone who has actually seen the film time-and-time again will be nothing but impressed. Not Blu-ray-obsessed snobs who have probably never even seen the prior DVDs...or have ever seen the film before...or even knew about this classic until its arrival on the format. This 50GB Blu-ray of the restored extended version sports a 1080p MPEG-4 AVC transfer, lossless DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track, and all the extras found on both of MGM's DVDs. Thank you MGM.

(photos of my 720p DLP through a 60GB PS3 @ 720p, Blu-ray looks better in-person)

6 comments:

Andrew Green said...

Yeah, I still don't get the whole Blu Ray thing....
That is, I can't afford it.

Still, great movie!

Jayson said...

Players are breaking $100 mark and often times the Blu-ray editions are either cheaper or few within a few bucks of their DVD counterpart. ;)

bruce holecheck said...

I popped it in last night and was likewise surprised by its high quality -- it definitely represents one helluva upgrade over any previous version PLUS includes all the supplements from BOTH prior releases, all for $10!!! How can anyone find anything to complain about here?

Jayson said...

I'm planning on getting another to leave sealed. I know, I'm weird...

SaxCatz said...

Fully agree...
This Blu-ray release is the best release the film has ever received. DVD was able to capture most the detail of the 16mm film, but Blu-ray is able to go beyond that and capture the shape and characeter of the film grain. It is apparent that MGM/Fox took the utmost care with this release when you realize that, not only is it present on a BD50, but presented at an extremely high bitrate of 40mbps in AVC.

Drunketh said...

I just got this for five bucks with a gift card. Watched it as soon as I got home too, which I don't usually tend to do for some reason, especially with a film that I had seen so many times.

As for the bluray scene, I'm glad to see all the 9$ and 12$ sales everywhere. It's about time.

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