oddly enough, even though i rate this 3 stars, i am preferring this alliance blu-ray xfer of the film over the universal and criterion, which have been altered from it's original theatrical presentation ...... to be sharper and to essentially have more robust colour timing (by possible removal of filters that were used originally)...... all approved by the director.
the alliance disc is interlaced as well. which is inexcusable really. 1080i
so i dock 2 stars off the score, as a progressive transfer is what this, and ALL films deserve.
I saw this film in the cinema, when it opened, and I am most definitely a fan of that particular version ..... when it comes to it's visual presentation for home video.
the segments in mexico are supposed to look that blown out and soft .....
i think it works beautifully. as does the extremely minimal sound design. i say this as sound fx editor ...... the sound of the film promotes contemplation from the viewer , rather than passively being overwhelmed by the 'in your face' sonic detail of typical modern day films ......... the images, the dialog, and the score, are the big players in this film.
5 stars for the film
3 for the transfer.
ultimately, it is nice to have a choice .... and so, one can see comparisons of the various HD xfers of this film online