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« Reply #45 on: November 21, 2013, 05:59:02 AM »

My lovely wife bought this for me as a gift in the sale. I had never seen it before and was absolutely blown away.
The film is very good. I had the pre-Criterion DVD of this title but didn't feel the need to get the Criterion DVD when they brought it out. But when they upgraded to Blu-ray, however.......

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« Reply #46 on: November 21, 2013, 06:07:12 AM »

I noticed that Amazon's price for the brd of InvestigationOACASuspicon has gone up to $34.99. When the pre-sale first started, it was definitely cheaper... I'll probably just wait a couple of weeks after the release; hopefully, the price will go down, maybe some people will be selling used copies. $35 is a lot to pay for a single brd

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« Reply #47 on: November 21, 2013, 07:30:15 AM »

I pre-ordered and got the earlier $ 27.99 price locked in. Basically, I'm happy to buy Criterion BDs at the price, except when the B&N sale is approaching and I know if I wait a little I can get everything for $20.00 each.

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« Reply #48 on: December 04, 2013, 09:15:45 AM »

Just heard there will be another sale beginning 17 Dec and going probably to Christmas Eve. It will be 40% off ALL blu-rays, not just Criterion ones. That means I can get Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion at ALMOST the half-off price (I have a membership and get an additional 10%), but also maybe I can get the same kind of discount on the 4-disc set of The Big Gundown.

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« Reply #49 on: February 26, 2014, 07:19:19 PM »

Yes, I heard this too. Apparently, Gaumont is going to re-master it again before releasing it. Meanwhile, Criterion remains mute.

French re-master is out:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Madame-de-Blu-ray/64785/#Review

Comparing the two #11 screencaps on the two releases as the reviewer recommends really shows the failings of the Criterion release.

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« Reply #50 on: February 26, 2014, 09:12:05 PM »

French re-master is out:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Madame-de-Blu-ray/64785/#Review

Comparing the two #11 screencaps on the two releases as the reviewer recommends really shows the failings of the Criterion release.

are you comparing the French BRD to the Criterion BRD, or to the Criterion DVD?

Because the Criterion DVD is real nice; it's only the BRD that had problems

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« Reply #51 on: February 27, 2014, 07:39:44 AM »

The comparison is between the French Blu and the Criterion Blu. It seems the French is better, although not as good as it could be: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Madame-de-Blu-ray/64785/#Review
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Gaumont's high-definition transfer is not identical to the one Criterion used for their Blu-ray release of this very beautiful classic French film. Detail and image depth are clearly superior on Gaumont's release. This is easy to see during daylight panoramic shots and during select indoor shots with plenty of light. (You can compare screencapture #11 with screencapture # 11 from our review of the Criterion release to see exactly what type of improvements are present). Traces of some extremely light noise corrections, however, remain, though none of them are problematic. Contrast levels are stable. Also, there are no traces of compromising sharpening corrections. This being said, while viewing the film I noticed traces of light chroma noise (see screencaptures #3 and #17). The most obvious ones appear during the beach sequence at the end of the film. Additionally, there is an obvious discrepancy between the black/gray settings when one compares the Gaumont release with the Criterion release. In this case, considering the above mentioned traces of light chroma noise, it is clear that Gaumont's high-definition transfer could have been encoded better.

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« Reply #52 on: February 27, 2014, 07:03:41 PM »

are you comparing the French BRD to the Criterion BRD, or to the Criterion DVD?

Why are you asking? The link is right there.

Anyway seems like an absolute no brainer - the Gaumont release is the way to go.

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« Reply #53 on: February 27, 2014, 08:42:11 PM »


Anyway seems like an absolute no brainer - the Gaumont release is the way to go.

Maybe the Gaumont BRD is a no-brainer over the Criterion BRD; but is the Gaumont DVD better than the Criterion DVD? Cuz the Criterion DVD was nice (and, as discussed previously, better than the Criterion BRD).

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« Reply #54 on: February 28, 2014, 07:50:08 AM »

I haven't seen anyone yet compare the Gaumont Blu with the Criterion DVD. I have the Criterion DVD, and I just ordered the Gaumont Blu. I'll let you know what I think when the latter arrives.

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« Reply #55 on: February 28, 2014, 06:55:08 PM »

I haven't seen anyone yet compare the Gaumont Blu with the Criterion DVD. I have the Criterion DVD, and I just ordered the Gaumont Blu. I'll let you know what I think when the latter arrives.

Are you both seriously debating this?

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« Reply #56 on: February 28, 2014, 07:25:05 PM »

I'm sure the Blu-ray is superior. However, since I don't have it hand, I can't say exactly how much of an improvement it is. If the question is, "I already have the DVD and I'm very happy with it, should I spend 30 dollars for a marginal upgrade?, " I don't know the answer. But I will.

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« Reply #57 on: March 12, 2014, 07:51:37 AM »

Hmmm: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews25/madame_de....htm

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« Reply #58 on: March 14, 2014, 06:45:53 PM »

Check out how bad the leaves look on the Criterion BD in the 6th set of screen grabs.

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« Reply #59 on: March 15, 2014, 01:36:22 PM »

This is probably the most convincing comparison: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/blu-ray_reviews_61/madame.htm

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