RHPS Blu-ray Upgrade is Amazing!
Charles Duncan | 10/22/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't have much to add to what the other reviews have specified about the new BD version of RHPS, but I have to say the new 7.1 DTS HD audio track blows all of the other previous home video versions out of the water. It always bugged me that the stereo mixes on the older versions dating back to VHS and laserdisc merely used the original soundtrack album recording dubbed over the movie soundtrack. This was most notable during the "Time Warp" when Magenta would sing. The vocals in the movie are completely different from the vocals on the album. The movie has more of a "sung live" sound while the album is definitely a studio recording. I'm so happy to be able to hear Patricia Quinn's vocals from the movie now on Blu-ray! Also, the picture is so sharp that I saw numbers written on Tim Curry's thigh that I never noticed before and I've seen the movie well over 100 times. My only concern is an odd little "beep" that happens during the "Time Warp" when the party-goers "bring their knees in tight." It's a very strange little sound that happens every time the knees come together. I don't know if this is something only on the 7.1 track as I haven't listened to the other versions yet, but it was odd and I hope not a problem with the audio since it is superior to any other version to date. The disk also includes the US and UK versions as well as the option to see the first part of the movie as it was originally intended - in black and white! That was a hidden easter egg on the last DVD version, but it's much easier to access now. Excellent job on this one and kudos to the team at Fox for putting together such an exceptional presentation of an exceptional movie!"
Good, but with some major problems
danny | 10/23/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Having owned several 35mm prints of this film and watched many others, I know how this film should look. Overall, this disc looks amazing with intact grain structure and details; however there are 2 major issues.
1. For unknown reasons Science Fiction is LETTERBOXED ( within the 1.66 frame which the Fox logo and the rest of the film is in), cutting off the top and bottom of the lips during parts of the song. The entire film was 1.66 on the dvd so this blunder on the Blu-ray is unforgivable.
2. The blue tint from Brad's bedroom scene has been removed. The blue tint from the Timewarp flashback has also been removed.
I have emailed FOX and have not heard back."
Disappointed with Video Quality...
J. Carter | Seattle, WA USA | 10/22/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I appreciate the Blu-ray's packaging, booklet, and special features, but I have to say that I prefer to watch the 25th Anniversary DVD rather than the new Blu-ray. I am using a Sony HD LCD TV and a Sony Blu-ray 570 player and the video on the new RHPS blu-ray disc has a "digital graininess" that is very distracting."