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It is likely that the people complaining about this set are the type to walk through life looking for things about which to complain. "Didn't have this extra" or "transfer was bad" or "was fullscreen and not widescreen..." that one made me laugh as I would bet money that person has a blu ray player that he/she/it has yet to set up properly.
The transfers are great, the sound is great, the price is fantastic, the movies are excellent and they ARE, beyond any shadow of doubt, widescreen. One or more aren't your favorite? Buy them separately. Simple. Have a problem with how long it took to get your item or what kind of shape it was in when it arrived? Take it up with the seller or with Amazon and leave it out of the product review. No one cares.
In other words, buy this. You can't go wrong with such great movies at such and unbeatable price. Mr. Split Infinitive wants to complain about 4 blu rays for around $5.00 each? THAT is disappointing, highly.
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Initial post: Nov 3, 2013 6:52:29 AM PST
P. Williams says:
What is wrong with complaining about a bad transfer on a Blu-ray?? Should this not be the case? If one is bad, I want to know.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2013 12:02:50 PM PST
It's a given that you can buy these separately. It's a given that you can read reviews of each movie on its own product page. And it's a given that you can read independent movie reviews. Nobody should be buying this without having a good idea of what movies are here and what they are about. And it would be foolish to buy a set of Coen brothers movies unless you are familiar with their work. So that leaves a relatively minor detail of how well these go together, but even that's not a big deal. It's not like listening to a record album with a song out of place. You are not likely to watch them all back to back in one sitting. There's a question as to whether a person who is a fan of one is likely to be a fan of the others. If you get the Coen brothers type of humor, then it's not much of a risk.
So given that you can figure all that out without reading a single review of this, what's left? It's worth noting that Barton Fink is missing, not because it's an essential movie to own, but because it's in the DVD collection and not here. It's worth knowing whether the transfer quality is good and whether the special features are there and are the same as or better than what's on stand alone discs or DVD versions.
The irony here is that the reviewer chides people for caring about the only relevant facts that a review of this item could possibly give, and then goes on to discuss the transfers, sound quality and aspect ratio as the only comments about the content, aside from a single adjective of "excellent" to describe the movies themselves.
The final comment refers to "Mr Split Infinitive." I'm not sure who that's supposed to be, but it presents yet another bit of irony. Much of the work of the Coen brothers centers around the prevalence of nonsense. Had he been complaining about a reviewer who posted as "Mr Split Infinitive" or had he been chiding somebody for complaining about split infinitives, that would fit in well with the Coen brothers calling people to task. But it comes across as a derisive remark aimed at somebody for using split infinitives. For anybody not familiar with the concept, the "split infinitive" is a nonsense rule about something that at one time some grammarians proscribed from the English language. It was based on the fact that they didn't exist in Latin, but the "rule" had no basis in English grammar. It was a case of the Emperor's New Clothes. Eventually all grammarians dismissed it as pedantic nonsense. It leads to awkward sentences such as "THAT is disappointing, highly" instead of the preferred "That's highly disappointing." After reading Matt's first sentence, I wonder if ending sentences with prepositions is also something he likes to complain about. Or perhaps he doens't like sentences that start with conjunctions, despite their prevalence in works by the most established and respected authors, or their obvious acceptance in ordinary language.
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