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Is BBM worth getting Blu-ray?

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Initial post: Jan 5, 2010 10:38:50 AM PST
Is buying BrokeBack Mountain on Blu-ray worth buying? I have played my regular collector DVD version on my Blu-ray player and the picture is excellent. I am hesitant to get the BD if the picture is not that much more sharp and crisp.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 11:14:30 AM PST

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Posted on Apr 4, 2010 10:30:17 AM PDT
Yes, absolutely, positively. Here's what I appended to my previous DVD review...

I've remarked in other reviews that the /only/ way to see a movie is /at home/, from an HD source on a big display (50" or larger). This couldn't be more true of "Brokeback Mountain".

I saw the film twice theatrically, at different theaters. Particularly with the indoor scenes, the projection print was a muddy mess, though I felt at the time it was appropriate to the film's atmosphere. The DVD struck me (and a few other people) as overly clean-looking.

The Blu-ray changes all that. We are now seeing (in effect) the camera negative, in high resolution. The most-significant improvement is not in sharpness and detail (though there are huge gains), but in tonality. The BD images truly capture what it's like to stand outside on an overcast day, or the feeling one has in someone's living room or kitchen. Annie Proulx says she writes stories about peoples' relationships with their environments (both physical and social), and the Blu-ray transfer captures Ennis and Jack's environments very well.

Though dramas do not generally benefit much from high definition, this one is an exception.
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