I have three kinds of news. The good, the bad and the ugly…
In Spain Divisa Home Video and Mercury Films have made a deal to release over 300 Spanish (produced) films on Blu-Ray during the next three years, 10-12 titles per month and at least some of these releases will be spaghetti westerns. Yesterday was the day the first batch of discs came out and those included Blu-Rays of the Gunfight at Red Sands and They Call Me Trinity. In April they will be releasing the Trinity sequel and according to some Spanish articles the May releases will include God Forgives, I Don’t and Light the Fuse Sartana Is Coming.
It seems these are mainly aimed at the Spanish market so the Gunfight at Red Sands disc has only Spanish audio and no subtitles. The Trinity disc seems to have English audio (didn’t open the disc yet but the back cover says so…) but it wouldn’t surprise me if this (and the Trinity sequel) will be the only ones to have the English track. But we will see.
The quality of these discs. There are articles around which talk about the restoration or whatever and even mention they use grain removal as well. “Great”.
I have only checked the Gunfight at Red Sands disc for now and it looks fucking horrible. I’m sorry Divisa and Mercury Films but it does. Pure shit. I don’t even want to look at something like this. What the hell is the point of doing HD scans and then fucking them up this way? All the film grain has been filtered away along with detail. IT LOOKS LIKE THERE IS NO HD DETAIL LEFT. Did they even scan a film print or just upscaled some SD source and then filtered that or what. Even DVDs can look better than this.
There’s probably some EE going on and I’m not sure if its my setup or what but the blacks seem too black… I don’t understand about this stuff but I’m pretty sure my MPC-HC has always been using the color range 0-255 without problems but now it just looks bad. If I put it at 16-235 it is better though then even the black bars aren’t black anymore. Help?
If anybody can do something about this so that we don’t end up with over 300 Blu-Rays looking like this, please do it.
I’ll upload some screens later, maybe, too pissed off to do it now. If I had bought these from Amazon I might try to get my money back based on the shitty quality but not sure if Fnac would do this.