At the same time with the Sartana disc, Divisa HV also released God Forgives, I Don’t on Blu-Ray. This actually looks quite good!
It’s the Italian print (so credits say Dio perdona… io no!) and I’m not sure what happened but there’s lots of film grain left. In motion it looks a bit better than the screenshots as for some reason (bad compression or a result of some filtering?) the grain is not so great looking in still shots. The amount of grain also varies a lot between scenes (screenshot #2, first row right is from a quite grainy scene) but mostly I would think it is simply the result of different lighting in different scenes when the movie was filmed.
There are some problems I noticed for example screenshot #6 (third row right) the sky looks a bit weird even in motion (because of compression and/or filters?) and look at the DVD comparison shot #1 where Hill is reaching for the spinning pistol… the pistol and his hand completely break up (I suspect some automatic filter in action). Because in motion one frame errors like that are quite hard to spot and I didn’t watch the entire movie it is possible there are more similar errors somewhere. I just happened to get this one in a screenshot because the exact same screenshot was used in the old DVD comparison at this site.
The disc has Spanish and Italian audio (both in 2.0 mono and 5.1 with parts of the 5.1 tracks in mono) with Spanish subtitles only but maybe we’ll get this English friendly somewhere someday (hope dies last?). Note though that as far as I know all the available English audio DVDs (and even the French DVD which claims to be uncut) are actually cut (perhaps the cut part was never part of any English language print?). There is an implied rape scene in the uncut version of the movie (we don’t actually see anything, only hear the screams after Bill San Antonio has entered the house).
The length of the movie on this Blu-Ray is 1:51:42 and the first ~58 seconds belongs to the Mercury Films logo which for some reason plays twice. If I remember the “rape scene” correctly it is presented uncut here.
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The new Llega Sartana (Light the Fuse… Sartana Is Coming) Blu-Ray is another piece of shit release from the Spanish super duo Mercury Films & Divisa HV.
Filtered and barely (if at all) better than a DVD. Actually a DVD might even have the potential to be better looking.
The disc has only Spanish audio (2.0 mono and 5.1). Region free according to AnyDVD HD.
The two comparisons below have a slight twist. I am comparing full HD screenshots from the disc to the same shots that were re-sized and saved into 720×405 (DVD resolution) jpg files and then upscaled back into HD resolution losing all the HD information along the way (I would think…). This is of course highly scientific and foolproof method.
The order is random as are the filenames, can you spot the actual HD images? First one to have the right answer wins nothing. Continue reading 'Llega Sartana Blu-Ray'»
Trinity Is Still My Name will receive a Blu-Ray release tomorrow in Spain (Amazon.es) as part of the discs Divisa HV will be putting out during the next 3 years or so. I will not be buying this one at least for now, simply based on the quality of the first Divisa HV discs released last month.
If anybody sees any comments or screenshots about the quality of this new disc anywhere please let me know, thanks.
Well I finally checked the They Call Me Trinity Blu-Ray and I have to say it isn’t nearly as bad as I expected it to be based on the quality of the Gunfight at Red Sands disc. Way too much DNR for my tastes though but I think some will think it looks just fine if not even great.
The disc is region free and has an English audio track included. For some reason both Divisa’s website and the back of the box say the disc has Spanish and Italian/English audio track but there is only Spanish and English. Whether the English track has some parts in Italian I don’t know. I checked several scenes but those were all in English. Length of the movie is ~115 minutes so it would seem to be uncut unlike most of the available DVDs.
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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.
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EDIT: Everything should be fine now.
So I took another look at my caps I made from the new French My Name Is Nobody Blu-Ray and realized the black bars weren’t actually black (you can easily see comparing to the Italian Blu-Ray cap I posted). It wouldn’t necessarily mean there were something wrong with the caps but in this there is. I think I solved the problem now so I will be updating the caps in the previous post at some point. The difference isn’t that big, but it is there. Sorry about that. :\
Got this baby in the mail today. Includes English audio!
Region B (confirmed). Italian, French and English audio.
The French subtitles ARE FORCED if watching in English or Italian. (and audio track can’t be changed while playing the movie) I was able to disable them earlier because of a program running in the background…
There are also French subtitles included which are enabled automatically if you choose English or Italian language in the menu. I can’t test the disc on a standalone Blu-Ray player at the moment so I don’t know if the subtitles can be turned off once the film is playing or if you can change the audio track there without activating the subs. All I can say is that with computer (with PowerDVD 6) I can turn off the subtitles and change audio tracks whenever I want without activating the subs again.
Will do a good comparison with the old Italian Blu-Ray (which has only Italian audio) later but in the meantime here are a couple of screenshots. These first six from the French Blu-Ray.
EDIT: Well I fixed the small problem with the screencaps. If there is still something wrong I don’t know what it is. :P I also took that one Italian Blu-Ray image again and it looked exactly the same as the old one.
And here we have a comparison with the old Italian Blu-Ray (the screenshot is something I took several years ago). French on the left, Italian on the right.
The disc is now available from Amazon.fr
Enzo Barboni’s comedy spaghetti Man of the East was released in Sweden (and Denmark?) in October 19th as a Blu-Ray & DVD combo pack. Disc has English audio with optional Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish subtitles. I haven’t checked the DVD yet but I would think it is the same disc that has already been released in Scandinavia some years ago (and later with similar kind of cover that this combo pack has).
Pure speculation since I haven’t yet seen the Koch Media disc but it looks to me like the available DVDs (except the old Italian one) since 2004 or even earlier (in Spain) have all used the same (old) master from which this Blu-Ray has also been made from. So no wonder it isn’t as good as it could be. ;) The Blu-Ray is obviously better than the DVDs but some might be disappointed. Region B only.
Not sure about stores shipping this outside EU but at least discshop.se will deliver inside EU.
Anyways here are some screenshots from the Blu-Ray, click to see them in full 1080p HD glory.
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