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Don't get me wrong, the movie is brilliant...,
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This review is from: A Boy & His Dog (DVD)
...which is why I keep buying every new release that comes out in the hopes that it will be better than the last. No such luck. This is the same transfer as the previous two releases -- from the original laserdisc, and with the same problems: dropped frames, dust and scratches all over it. And despite Amazon's description, this release is NOT ANAMORPHIC, though, like the others, it is widescreen. (I've submitted a change to the description). I could live with the dust and scratches -- after all, all the known prints of this film have been knocking around for almost thirty years, and as far as I know no pristine negative exists anymore. But I *wish* we could get an anamorphic transfer. How is it that a Hugo award-winning film that is so loved by critics can be overlooked for a decent DVD treatment for so long?
Now, the good: In addition to the now-familiar (and very entertaining) L.Q. Jones commentary track which has appeared on all the others, we also get two trailers restored to the DVD (these appeared on the first release, but not the one from Slingshot). And the fact that it is available once again at all -- I didn't relish the idea of shelling out ~$100 if something happened to current copy. Kudos to Firstrun for printing 'em again.
But dangit, won't *someone* step up to the plate and give us a decent anamorphic transfer? I'm begging here, which even Blood could only bring himself to do once.
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Initial post: Dec 11, 2008 1:45:58 PM PST
C. Randall Coate says:
The Slingshot DVD does have both the original 1975 release trailer and the 1982 R-rated trailer on it's "InterActual PCFriendly" technology; just pop the DVD into your PC's DVD-Rom drive to view.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2009 12:02:51 PM PST
Elmer McCurdy says:
Ah! That's why I didn't see it before. Nothing's changed but the menu, then. Thanks!
Posted on Dec 18, 2010 3:00:58 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2010 3:01:48 AM PST
Donald W. Honan says:
Rats! I just ordered a copy this minute to have on dvd rather than LD (which has an audio problem), partly so I could take it to view with friends, rather than take the player with me, etc! I figured it would be a better transfer, not knowing that negatives might not be available. Oh, well, it's not like it was going to be seen on state-of-the-art stuff anyway...
Posted on Aug 3, 2013 8:56:21 AM PDT
Christian Hartman says:
SHOUT Factory always does a great job with releasing old cult titles. A Boy And His Dog (Collector's Edition) [BluRay/DVD] [Blu-ray]
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2014 10:41:34 AM PDT
Elmer McCurdy says:
Duly ordered! Thanks for the heads-up.
Posted on Jul 18, 2014 9:12:59 PM PDT
Robert Carver says:
A Boy and his Dog - THE DISC:
As director L.Q. Jones states several times on the commentary and the featurette, A BOY AND HIS DOG was a very, very low budget affair. Even with extensive restoration, this film can only ever look so good. That said the anamorphic 2.35 transfer for this Blu-ray is very possibly the best this movie will ever look. Colors are stable and far exceed any previous release. Detail is surprisingly good. However some source and age related damage is evident, but while noticeable, it is also negligible.
The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mono soundtrack is... as good as it can be. I've always felt the sound was A BOY AND HIS DOG's weakest feature, particularly the atrocious tinny sound of Blood's voice. However, that is a problem with the original production of the film and not this transfer, which in all other respects is excellent.
The supplement package may be small but it is excellent. The goodies kick off with a commentary track featuring director Jones, cinematographer John Arthur Morrill and film critic Charles Champlin ported over from the previous DVD release.
"In Conversation: Director L.Q. Jones and Writer Harlan Ellison" is the only new extra on this disc but it is an absolute must see. Running almost an hour long, Ellison and Jones discuss many aspects of the film face to face and put to rest almost four decades of bad blood due to some key aspects Jones did for this adaptation.
The short original theatrical trailer and quite a few radio spots round out the supplements.
A BOY AND HIS DOG is one of those movies that true film and science fiction fans love. It is intelligent, controversial and thought-provoking and now, thanks to Shout! Factory, it is finally available in a beautiful high-def presentation. Recommended!
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