Thursday, November 3

Candyman clawhands his way to Blu-ray abroad...

Universal has just released Bernard Rose's classic Candyman, based on a short story by Clive Barker, to Blu-ray in the United Kingdom. The 1080p, VC-1 encoded transfer is in the film's correct 1.85:1 widescreen ratio with the original stereo mix in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio. Unfortunately, unlike the stateside Special Edition DVD, there are zero extras. Early word has it that the disc is region free (or at least A/B), so there should be no problems with playback in North American players.

The picture quality is said to be like many Universal catalog titles on the format; dated but passable and an improvement over the standard definition incarnations. Tri-Star falls under Sony's domain in North America, so the studio will most likely handle the inevitable U.S. BD. Because of this, I'm personally holding off, Sony's track record with older films in regards to image quality is vastly superior to that of Universal. Not to mention their SE DVD, despite featuring an ancient transfer from 1998, having a Rose commentary and several featurettes. If you're still interested, now has Universal's Blu-ray for just under $20 shipped to America.


Anthony1138 said...

Had this in my cart last week, but the price jumped up around £3 so I passed. I'm hoping the US Blu-Ray at least ports over the extras from the DVD. Doubt it, but maybe we'll even get it uncut.

robotGEEK said...

I've always loved this film and wondered why Bernard Rose never got bigger than he deserved after this. I thought he did an excellent job in terms of visuals, tone and pace. you dare tread upon the staircase?

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