‘The Buddy Holly Story’ comes to UK Region free Blu-ray with a low budget looking 1080p transfer using the AVC/MPEG-4 codec and in the widescreen 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Grain is prevalent throughout the whole movie and it doesn’t look very sharp. Indeed, I’ve seen better looking transfers of 16mm sources. I felt a genuine disappointment as dirt and print marks cropped up regularly. I even spotted the very occasional neg scratch. Despite its modest beginnings, this movie really demanded to be given a much better make-over for its Blu-ray issue. If this was a DVD, I’d say it was probably acceptable but as the High Def format is supposed to deliver outstanding picture quality then I’d say it’s a let down. Colours are a tad washed out and blacks aren’t quite as deep as they might be. It caused a sinking feeling in my chest.
The audio on ‘The Buddy Holly Story’ comes in an LPCM 2.0 mix as well as a Dolby Digital 4.0 track. They both claim to be original mixes, but the 4.0 track just seemed to have a delay on the rears which created an odd 'hall effect' . It did liven up the musical numbers though. I mainly listened to the LPCM 2.0 mix which was great during the musical numbers with dialogue split between left and right speakers. There was no great bass like we’ve become accustomed to on modern mixes with an LFE, but what we get is clear, well recorded sound. Fans of Buddy Holly will enjoy the great musical numbers.
Audio Commentary - Director Steve Rash and Gary Busey remember the problems associated with shooting with a small budget and provide us with their memories. It’s interesting to hear them as certain scenes jog their memories and they occasionally disagree over who was where and when. They fill us in on facts about the real Buddy Holly and how they played many scenes for real.
‘The Buddy Holly Story’ rocks its way on to UK Region free Blu-ray with a somewhat disappointing looking 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed in the widescreen 1.75:1 aspect ratio. Some more TLC was required to make this acceptable High Def material such as dust, dirt and print mark removal.
The audio comes in both LPCM 2.0 and Dolby Digital 4.0 mixes though the latter had an unfortunate ‘hall’ effect on the sound. The 2.0 mix serves the great Buddy Holly musical numbers well and provides us with clear dialogue.
The sole extra is an interesting commentary from director Steve Rash and star Gary Busey. The movie itself is an entertaining account of the rise of Buddy Holly & the Crickets from small town boys to big time ‘boppers’. A great performance from Gary Busey, ably supported by Charles Martin Smith and Don Stroud. One for fans of 1950’s RocknRoll.
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