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Two Evil Eyes BD impressions

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Rewatching the Dario Argento/George A. Romero collaboration Two Evil Eyes again tonight for the first time in a few years, I was struck by two things. First, Edgar Allan Poe had a tendency to repeat himself. Secondly, the Romero segment isn’t as plodding as I’d remembered. True, the Argento half is still the better by a considerable margin, but I’m slowly coming round to the notion that Romero’s The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar has been unfairly maligned. Actually, at the same time, I’d even be tempted to suggest that Argento’s The Black Cat has been slightly overrated by some. I’ll hopefully be putting together a full review before too long.

As far as the transfer goes, I’d suggest that this is one of those rare instances where the screenshots shouldn’t necessarily be taken as an entirely truthful representation of how the disc looks in motion. Quite a few of them look rather “smudgy”, but in actual fact during playback it looks extremely crisp and film-like. Of all the Argento films released in HD so far, this is by far the best-looking - although, as far as Romero is concerned, I’d edge towards Optimum’s Region B Night of the Living Dead looking slightly better. I was extremely satisfied with how this disc looked on the whole, with only the optical shots (which aren’t exactly numerous) showing reduced detail. 8/10

Two Evil Eyes
studio: Blue Underground; country: USA; region code: ABC; codec: AVC;
file size: 39 GB; average bit rate (including audio): 46.66 Mbit/sec

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Posted: Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 11:49 PM | Comments: 4
Categories: BD Impressions | Blu-ray | Cinema | Dario Argento | Reviews | Technology

 
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1.

Really really nice. Compare this to Nightmare on Elm Street's POS transfer.

Posted by: Kram Sacul, April 12, 2009 2:26 AM

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That rather important line ("She's pregnant") that was missing from the DVD version has been re-instated in the BD. Hopefully this means ol' Billy Lustig does listen to feedback, afterall...

Anyway, watching this on BD was great. It was the first time I noticed this little foreshadowing motif, too:

http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/6371/twoevileyesmetronome.jpg

Posted by: Mr. Pratt, April 12, 2009 5:18 AM

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I've been saying for years that Romeo's segment isn't as bad as people think. Though, yes, Argento's segment is superior.

Posted by: Baron Scarpia, April 12, 2009 11:28 AM

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It does look pretty gritty, but I'd happily take this over the DNR riddled crap Anchor Bay pumped out for many of their launch titles...

The DVD had a 2.0 mix, but the Blu-ray seems not to. Any clue if that was just a downmix?

Posted by: Kentai, April 13, 2009 5:35 AM

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