H D - S E N S E I
A view on Hi-def discs by Gary W. Tooze
Dead and Buried [Blu-ray]
(Gary Sherman, 1981)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Blue Underground
Disc Size: 33,472,810,538 bytes
Feature Size: 29,734,963,200 bytes
Average Bitrate: 42.18 Mbps
Feature Runtime: 1:33:59.634
One dual-layered Blu-ray
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 27th, 2009
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
• Commentary with Director Gary Sherman and David Gregory (Blue Underground)
• Second Commentary with Co-writer/co-producer Ron Shusett and actress Linda Turley
Dead & Buried EFX (SD - widescreen, 17:36)
Product Description: Something very strange is happening in the quiet coastal village of Potters Bluff, where tourists and transients are warmly welcomed... then brutally murdered. But even more shocking is when these slain strangers suddenly reappear as normal, friendly citizens around town. Now the local sheriff (James Farentino of THE FINAL COUNTDOWN) and an eccentric mortician (Oscar winner Jack Albertson in his final feature film appearance) must uncover the horrific secret of a community where some terrifying traditions are alive and well... and no one is ever really DEAD & BURIED.
Establishing shots of a bleak, colourless Atlantic seaboard fishing town, and the presence of Alien scriptwriter Dan O'Bannon on the credits, combine to make one expect a more adult-aimed variation on Carpenter's The Fog. Unfortunately a series of progressively grisly murders intervenes, suggesting a mere overtime-earner for the chaps at SFX; but after some irritating meanderings, the film picks up momentum and, via a splendidly staged confrontation in a Mabuse-style lab, progresses to a 'surprise' climax which, even if anticipated, must still rank a close second to the false ending of Carrie. Gruesome almost to a fault, but not quite, it emerges as an efficient shocker....
Excerpt from Timeout located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were obtained directly from the Blu-ray disc.
TheBlu-ray probably looks quite similar to its meager production roots - which means 'pretty weak' - especially if comparing to modern blockbuster transfers. Light damage marks and plenty of noise, some appearing as grain, infiltrate the 1.78 framed image. Colors are mostly lifeless but again - the way it was shot. There is no extravagant depth and contrast can be a bit muddy. It seems that the majority of this film was shot without great attention to bright lighting as interior shots are decided darker than one may expect. Technically it is dual-layered with the feature size being a roughly 30 Gig. I don't see evidence of DNR or edge enhancements. The encoded image is probably faithful to theatric roots but one should temper expectations to the, over 25-year age and, the limits of production. This looks nothing like Blue Underground's Blu-ray of The Final Countdown and, of course, this is not the same film. Bottom line is the image didn't negatively impact my appreciation of Dead and Buried and may actually have given it some nostalgic charm. I probably wouldn't have liked this as much if it was glossy and pristine. I'd then expect the effects, plot, performances to match... and they wouldn't.
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January 22nd, 2009