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Great Film --- The Blu-ray Is Better Than the DVD
on January 1, 2016
This is not a review of the movie itself, which is great, but a comparison of the DVD and Blu-ray formats.
The DVD menu looks very dated but is easy to navigate. The film usually starts up right away when you put the the DVD in. There are only 2 Special Features: a commentary track and the film trailer. The 8-page booklet is nice. The main thing about the DVD is it plays in Standard screen format, so the image was modified to fit your old TV screen (4:3 ratio).
The Blu-ray menu look significantly better. The film also starts up on its own rather quickly if you don't make a menu choice. There are more Special Features: a commentary track and 3 featurettes (1 about the making of the movie and depicting an Italian family, 1 about Italian restaurants in New York which includes a chef cooking up a 3-item meal, 1 about the music of the film). All 3 featurettes are good. I should say that the featurette about the New York Italian restaurants is NOT listed on the back cover. There is no booklet or insert at all. The format is supposed to be widescreen (1.85:1 ratio) but it fills the screen without any black bars on the bottom and top, so it may actually be a somewhat enlarged and cropped version of the full frame presentation... I can't tell but it doesn't seem to show that much more image on the sides as the DVD did.
The Blu-ray is an improvement over the DVD in terms of audio and video, but the film really deserves an even better remastering. As with most movies, there's a degree of inconsistency in the quality of filming in terms of lighting, graininess, etc. in the original source material. Certain scenes look very good, even on the DVD, while others look very grainy and more like watching a VHS tape.
It's a film worth owning and I recommend the Blu-ray over the DVD. I picked this Blu-ray up on sale for $5.