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Zavvi, the UK version of what used to be called Virgin Megastore, has gone into administration. Now, this may have had something to do with its main supplier, Entertainment UK (which also provided the bulk of Woolworths’ goods), having recently gone down the crapper, but I’d imagine replacing the memorable Virgin brand with a name as stupid as Zavvi didn’t help either. Either way, I decided to make the most of their clearance sale on Saturday and picked up a few Blu-ray titles at reasonable prices: Hannibal Rising (the one Hannibal Lecter film I’ve yet to see - don’t worry, I’m well aware that it’s supposedly awful), George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, and, because there’s no shame in watching the odd bit of mindless crap from time to time, Mr. Michael Bay’s The Island and Transformers (the latter an upgrade over my brother’s HD DVD copy, given the BD’s inclusion of lossless audio).

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I’ve already done image galleries for the HD DVD versions of The Island and Transformers, which feature the same video encodes on BD, and will be doing the other two titles before too long. However, as a little sneak preview, I must say I’m very impressed by how good Night of the Living Dead looks. I’m an unrelenting pessimist and wasn’t really expecting much, particularly given how bad some of this film’s DVD releases have been, so I was pleasantly surprised when I popped the disc in to find a transfer that is, at least based on my initial cursory examination, the equal of Warner’s Casablanca.

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2008 at 12:07 PM | Comments: 4
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | DVD | General | HD DVD | Technology



NotLD's finally been dropped to a 15 certificate, has it? That seems to be what's on the cover. About bloody time.

Posted by: Baron Scarpia, December 29, 2008 8:41 PM


Is the UK edition of The Island any good as far as image and sound quality go ?

I already like the film for it's entertainment value.

Posted by: FoxyMulder, December 29, 2008 9:25 PM



Yeah, it’s a 15 on the cover. According to the BBFC web site, it was reclassified a whopping three times in the space of just over a year, between May 2007 and July 2008, each time submitted by a different distributor. Ah, the joys of public domain films!


Image quality is very good albeit not spectacular - check my captures in the link here. Audio is just lossy Dolby Digital 5.1, but pretty solid if I recall correctly.

Posted by: Michael Mackenzie, December 29, 2008 9:48 PM


After reading your review i think i'll wait on an American release.

I watched The X Files - Fight The Future last night and it had EE throughout and spoiled my viewing experience of a film i really like and i just hate EE on high definition content. It's fine if it's a few scenes but for the whole film it just ruins the enjoyment factor for me so i'll just wait till it gets a better release ( hopefully )

Posted by: FoxyMulder, December 30, 2008 3:52 PM

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