Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Great Escape
This is my favorite Steve McQueen movie and a great World War II movie based on true events. Of course they do take liberties with the story and the characters are combined from the book but it is still a movie that stands the test of time. I have heard though that the transfer is not as good as it should be for picture quality, still grainy but also still very watchable. The sound mix is great quality however with DTS-HD MA 5.1 mixed from the four original tracks. That classic score just hits you when you first listen. The extra features are ported over from other releases from the disc but if you did not get the 2004 version then they will be new to you, and there are a lot of them centered on the historical side. As of this posting its only $9.99 for a for a great movie.
Jesus Christ Superstar
I first saw this as a musical then watched the movie and is it pure 1970's in a good way. Based of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock opera it chronicles the last week in the life of Christ seen through the eyes of Judas. There are some hit songs in this musical "Could We Start Again Please?", "Everything's Alright", and of course "Superstar". The performances are also surprisingly good especially the two leads Ted Neeley as Jesus and Carl Anderson as Judas Iscariot. The love and tension between those two actors is a great thing to watch. The transfer is a great transfer, they leave some of the grain in but take enough out to make it worth the blu-ray upgrade. Now the most important thing for a musical is the sound quality which is mixed to a great extent. It features a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix which makes for a clean sounding track. The extras are ported over with the basic audio commentary and behind the scenes featurette. If you are a fan of the musical it is a must buy. and for only $13.99 right now on amazon its a good deal.