Midnight Cowboy Blu-ray Review & Comments

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD discs' started by Phil Hinton, May 25, 2018.


    1. Casimir Harlow

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      Thanks for the review Cas,seen this many times,very downbeat,but as you say 2 great performances,I think this must be a revisit :)
       
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      I feel a double dip coming on.
       
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      A truly great film and rich on so many levels. I'm hoping this transfer is every bit as good as described in the review. Another top notch and spot on review. Thank you.
       
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      Amazing film.

      Easily top 100 best films ever made.
       
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      "It's strengths come from not only the storytelling and impressive direction..."

      Cas, you'll hate me for this, but nobody writing AV Forums reviews seems to use apostrophes correctly.

      The quoted sentence should read "Its strengths come from..."

      "It's" is shorthand for "it is," with the apostrophe denoting omission or contraction, which doesn't work in your phrasing above. Phil and Steve do exactly the same thing, for what it's worth.
       
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      In the top 5 for me :)
       
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      I think you could of let that go.
       
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      Keep away from this criterion and buy the fartsuperiot looking original blu Ray release at a fraction of the price
      Criterion have made aa mess of this remaster It's most out of character for criterion to entirely change the integrity of a movie. The criterion version has been colourised with teal and gives that dreadful yellow look that so many modern movies have I have seen this version and directly compared to the original and without a doubt the new version looks pretty dreadful I'll admit the image is sharper, as it should be at this price The backgrounds are sharper but the characters all look like they've got a bad dose of jaundice I've read magazine reviews that say the same and that the colouring is intrusive, especially on a good TV with hdr
      Midnight cowboy is an outstanding movie as it etches itself into the memory in a way that badlands does
      I was going to buy they new version even though I've got original and proper version There's no denying it that criterion have inexplicably messed up this remaster
      Movie purists avoid this mess. A younger generation brought up on substandard digitally shot movies may appreciate this more.
      The new version of midnight cowboy is a missed opportunity Save around £15 and get the proper version
       
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      As I've posted on the Criterion thread, Blu Ray review have given this release a five-star review for video quality and state that a 2004 print prepared for the 35th anniversary release and supervised by director John Schlesinger, producer Jerome Hellman, and cinematographer Adam Holender, was referenced for colour correction for this Criterion release.

      In addition Holender, the film's cinematographer, has supervised this latest 4k Criterion transfer as well.

      I'm also somewhat confused by a few of your seemingly contradictory statements. You state on another thread...

      "I was a set to buy Midnight cowboy when it gets a criterion release next week..."

      ...which implies you haven't bought it. You also stated...

      "Apparently the teal effect on midnight cowboy is very distracting."

      ...again "Apparently" suggesting that you haven't actually seen it.

      Yet on this thread you state...

      "I have seen this version and directly compared to the original..."

      ...and...

      "I was going to buy they new version even though I've got original and proper version."


      However, those last two comments are dated May 31st, only 48 hours after the release of the disc in the USA, a disc which you state you were about to buy but decided not to.

      Like I say, I'm a little confused by how you didn't buy the Criterion version, yet managed to do an A-B comparison on it within 48 hours of it's American release.
       
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      Interesting to note that on some discussion of this on US fora, people who have seen the film projected on numerous occasions, as opposed to simply viewing previous home video releases, have stated that the Criterion transfer more accurately reflects what they have seen theatrically.
       
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      I haven't seen this one but we all know that Blu-ray.com give ANY Criterion release 5/5 on everything no matter what! :D
       
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      DVD Beaver gave it the thumbs up as well saying it was a "dramatic improvement" over the MGM Blu Ray. "Wow, indeed!" was how they summed up their review.

      Between all that and the expanded raft of extras, I'll be double dipping on this when the next B&N sale comes around. I'm not usually fussed about extras, but this is one very special film.
       
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