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Blu-ray without subtitles? Why?
on May 2, 2016
This Blu-ray was listed as "Multi-format".
I'm not sure what that was supposed to mean, as it contained one Blu-ray disc.
This is not a perfect film, but it is a great character study, accompanied by gorgeous, wide, landscape shots. Robert Blake is outstanding in his role, but some of the other characters suffer from over-acting. (Pay no attention to the cheesy motorcycle hoodlums and the cliché '70s-era chase.)
The transfer is very nice allowing full enjoyment of the film with few distractions.
So why am I only giving this Blu-ray 3 stars? Just two "little" production problems.
The first is with the dynamic range of the DTS-HD Stereo soundtrack, which is so wide that the viewer strains to comprehend much of the softer-spoken dialog, unless the volume is raised to the point that the louder scenes are irritating. This translates into a lot of volume jockeying and rewinding while viewing.
Mysteriously, unlike the DVD, there are no subtitles, which would allow the viewer to catch the more unintelligible vocals. I don't understand how this came to be, since it's a given that a Blu-ray should be superior in every way to a DVD.