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4.0 out of 5 stars Blu review only..., July 26, 2008
This review is from: Dark City (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I noticed the 440+ reviews here are for the film - not the Blu so I at least wanted to answer some common questions about this cut.

The director's cut is 111 minutes with the already mentioned changes listed here and everywhere - including the removal of the beginning narration, more character development scenes, etc. The transfer looks phenomenal (compared to how I saw it prior - even upscaled). I played the title on both a Panasonic plasma and a Bravia via a 80 GB PS3 and Sony BDP301. I paused the film in over 34 spots of action, dark contrasts, bright colorings and various hue changes. Virtually every frame looked excellent, especially the scenes with Jennifer Connelly singing; the majority of the colorings were in her scenes until those last beach sequences.

The special features are the same between the DVD and Blu with the exception of one of the commentaries. The 7.1 DTS HD sound was enjoyable, even though two of the channels were primarily used in the large machine sequences only.

A worthwhile Blu addition and I did not see too many failings in the grain reduction/transfer issues I had read about.
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Initial post: Jul 27, 2008 11:42:15 PM PDT
Jack says:
[Customers don't think this post adds to the discussion. Show post anyway. Show all unhelpful posts.]

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2008 10:21:02 AM PDT
Steve Kuehl says:
Actually - I would be curious what you were thinking about...I was talking about the unfortunate backgrounds he commonly uses...I have always had issues with the poorly colored and poorly lit ways he does some interviews...same with the director's part of that docu - poor props. I prefer a different style. Sorry you felt the need to bring up something else without asking.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2008 11:58:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 28, 2008 11:59:48 AM PDT
Steve, what are you referring to "unfortunate backgrounds" and "poor props"? I thought Ebert's commentary on the original DVD release was ONLY audio and terrific. Where was the VIDEO interview with background and props?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2008 12:45:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 28, 2008 12:51:29 PM PDT
Steve Kuehl says:
Yes...he has done several video interviews in the past outside of his show. The audio commentary is also included on this disc but as a while-you-watch commentary. They spliced together several video shoots for the blu version. I tend to review technically when they spend this much time and money on a re-release. On several other special editions (of various films/docus) they actually take the time to light, prop, background everything to look professional and have an appearance of not throwing it together. One of the drawbacks of HD is the obvious failings of poor quality work when upgraded. Hence, several actors have been quoted as doing make-up/props differently when making video commentaries/performing interviews. His was in LD though so no worries.

Took it out anyway...was meant differently than being tossed around so one less headache.

Posted on Aug 2, 2008 8:44:52 AM PDT
HP_Steffey says:
Steve,
THANK YOU for providing a Blu-ray review. For the older movies that have been re-released on Blu-ray, it utterly amazes me that there are very few customer reviews that address the quality of picture and sound of the Blu release. I've always liked "Dark City" and now plan on buying it on Blu-ray based on your review.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2008 11:21:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 2, 2008 11:21:51 AM PDT
Steve Kuehl says:
I hope it looks good for you. My customers are fairly picky on the quality of these transfers since the cost is still so high. I think there will be some unhappy campers with this as some posters feel the grain is atrocious. My display however, showed a great transfer. Maybe I will have to be more critical in the future. Thank you though.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009 9:32:34 AM PDT
Thank you! Where are all the Blu-ray reviews? not even Amazon offers a break down of blu-ray features in their product descriptions. Thanks for looking out for the rest of us!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2009 7:34:48 PM PDT
Steve Kuehl says:
Another reviewer to check out is "A Customer" - he likes Blu also and posts more than I do on the older ones.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2009 11:13:08 AM PDT
Mike Suso says:
"The special features are the same between the DVD and Blu with the exception of one of the commentaries. "

Which commentary. So the Blue Ray has something extra? or the DVD?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2009 12:19:10 PM PDT
Steve Kuehl says:
Good catch, should have been clearer. DoP Wolski and Production Designer Tatopoulos have added a commentary to the Blu.
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