S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def DVDs by Gary W. Tooze
(Brian De Palma, 1976)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: 20th Century Fox / MGM
Feature Runtime: 1:38:10
Feature film disc size: 19.3 Gig
One single-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 7th, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Video codec: MPEG-2
Product Description: "Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, Carrie "catches the mind, shakes it and refuses to let it go" (Time)! Starring Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie (in Oscar nominated* performances), John Travolta and Amy Irving, this ultimate revenge fantasy is "absolutely spellbinding" (Roger Ebert), "outrageously witty" (Los Angeles Times) and one of the all-time great horror classics! At the center of the terror is Carrie (Spacek), a tortured high-school misfit with no confidence, no friends...and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far, the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who, with the help of her 'special gift,' causes all hell to break loose in a famed cinematic frenzy of blood, fire and brimstone!...
Brian De Palma's "Carrie" is an absolutely spellbinding horror movie, with a shock at the end that's the best thing along those lines since the shark leaped aboard in "Jaws." It's also (and this is what makes it so good) an observant human portrait. This girl Carrie isn't another stereotyped product of the horror production line; she's a shy, pretty, and complicated high school senior who's a lot like kids we once knew.
Excerpt from Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun Times located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The filmCarrie is 32 years old now but on Blu-ray looks mighty impressive. The transfer itself seems competent and the only visual weaknesses are probably more inherent in the original source. There is noise/grain in some shots (see the split-screen capture below as one example) - detail is significantly superior to SD (ditto for colors) but not up to par with many 2007-2008 high-definition offerings. It is consistent and the 1080P brings up a crispness that I had never noted before. Technically it is single-layered with the feature size being a reasonable 19.3 Gig. I don't see evidence of DNR or edge enhancements. In fact I'd have to say the MPEG-2 image is fairly flawless and I have no strong complaints. The film is fairly dark (Carrie's house and the Prom gymnasium). Expectations for the image should be tempered a bit with its age but overall the film looks about what I was expecting - maybe even a notch higher. The Blu-ray image transfer shouldn't deter anyone from indulging.
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October 2nd, 2008
Introduction: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
it, but film will always be my first love and I list my
favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible
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Gary W. Tooze