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This review is from: Kelly's Heroes / Where Eagles Dare (Action Double Feature) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The seventies saw a spate of enjoyable war themed movies being released, from The Dirty Dozen to Eye Of The Needle. WED and Kelly's Heroes were among the best of the bunch, lighter and more energetic than today's dark tales such as Valkyrie, Saving Pvt. Ryan etc, good though they may be.
Anyone who is going to purchase this is already familiar with the plotlines, so I won't delve into a synopsis- see IMDB or Amazon for that.
Allies vs. Nazis has always made for good theater, and Eastwood as an action hero is tops, with stellar casts including Richard Burton in WED and Telly Savalas and Don Rickles in KH.
The price point for the Blu-ray discs as a combo is great and the transfers are superb, though not restored and remastered, as some reviewers have lamented.
Still, the clarity of the picture and the vibrancy of the colors is, in my opinion, superior to the previous DVD releases. I compared WED on standard DVD and Blu-ray by simultaneously playing them, one in my sony BDP350 and the other my upconverting Toshiba HD-DVD players. There was no contest, the blu-ray was remarkably detailed, and colors excellent, the 2:35 widescreen a must for viewing the entire film as it should be seen. (mind you, I love my HD-DVD and always felt that it was a better standard for high def than Blu -ray, but alas Toshiba lost that battle........sigh)
You simply can't go wrong with this combo set!
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Initial post: Nov 7, 2013 2:45:16 PM PST
Kristin H. says:
I realize this is long past the dates most comments were made. I'm curious if the soundtrack and actor's mouths matched during dialogue? Other reviews have mentioned this. As it's 2013 now, perhaps this has been corrected. HAS it been corrected? Otherwise, I'll have to pretend I'm watching a foreign film with subtitles...
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2013 8:15:44 PM PST
to tell the truth, my br player seemed to correct any of the aforementioned issues so described, so I can't attest to the synch problem- but this is unfortunately the best we're going to get, especially on a "double header" on one disc.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2013 10:23:26 PM PST
Kristin H. says:
Thank you for your response. I think the content and quality of the film/s themselves will "speak for themselves"... (Bad, I know - really bad pun)
I will feel more confident ordering these so, again, I thank you!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2014 1:51:19 PM PST
John K. says:
Nope, no problems with audio sync on my 2014 version. Didn't have to touch any settings on the BD player.
To the OP:
Liked your review a lot, but how could you not include Donald Sutherland in your list of heavy-hitters? As good as Rickles was, this guy stole the show. How many G.I.s got the nickname "oddball" after this film came out? You're talking to one, brother...
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