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Old 11-11-2008, 01:22 PM
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Josh has reviewed 'Thunderball.' He says this is his favorite Bond film. The Blu-ray is an improvement over the DVD, but the picture does have some problems that couldn't be fixed with the restoration. Still, recommended.

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the only one I've picked up so far. The picture to me seems about as good as you can do with this. there is plenty of detail, color and grain there, but definitely a softness to it. the movie never once pops. but like josh implies, I don't think there is much else you are gonna get from the picture and it is a noticeable improvement over the DVD still.

edit - I do see he says there is no film grain. I don't agree and don't even agree it looks heavily processed... just really kind of soft and lack of any sort of 3d or pop. definitely agree with his rating on video though.
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Finally, a review that mentions those pesky vertical lines! As i've stated before, it doesn't look like print damage but lines from poor telecine. I agree it's not on the level of a FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, however outside those vertical lines I was pretty pleased with the picture. It's a mostly sharp picture and the colors are bold and beautiful.
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the only one I've picked up so far. The picture to me seems about as good as you can do with this.
You might not feel that way after watching Dr. No and From Russia with Love. They both look much better than Thunderball.

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Finally, a review that mentions those pesky vertical lines! As i've stated before, it doesn't look like print damage but lines from poor telecine.
Yeah, I'm not sure what's going on there. They don't look like scratches, exactly. Perhaps the footage was scratched and Lowry tried to cover it up by DNR'ing the hell out of that part of the image, leaving it looking really streaky. It's very strange. I don't remember that being a problem with previous video editions, but I wasn't able to do any direct comparisons (sold my DVD set long ago).
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I'm a From Russia With Love guy myself, but all these reviews make me want to pick up Thunderball and Dr. No
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At first glance I thought this looked much worse than the first 2 Connery Bonds, but upon re-watching some scenes the transfer has started to grow on me. I really don't find it that much worse apart from the blue streaks. It's at somewhat of a disadvantage because of the smaller image area. I'd probably give it 3.5 stars, with the first two getting 4 to 4.5.
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Interesting. I am still working on my review at my site, but I actually liked the video quality of Thunderball better than I liked From Russia With Love. The only thing that kept me from giving it a perfect score are those indoor scenes where skin tones tend to skew to the red a bit too much for my taste (that is, the start at the spa, and in MI headquarters). I thought that the underwater scenes, the scenes in the SPECTRE lair, the interior aircraft scenes and the outdoor scenes looked wonderful. I have not seen these lines that people are talking about in the underwater scenes. Do you have a time point in the movie that I can refer to?
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try the footage of the bomber flying about 30 min in.
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Pretty much any aerial shot of the bomber has them, and a lot of the underwater footage from the first half of the movie (the climax looks fine).
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argue all you want, i'm gonna take Josh, Peter, and Ken's scoring on video quality as dogmatic law. they've seen so many blu's, they can compare it to others, and know exactly what to look for, in terms of the good, the bad, and the ugly. on the 2 bond films on blu that i've watched so far, i've been very close in agreement on picture quality, and am going to sit down to Thunderball in my next few titles. sad news that they DNR'd a booboo to try to cover it. i hope criterion doesn't do that to the titles they've had to restore from tears.
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