Picture quality: 8/10
Aspect ratio: 2,35:1 (orig.)
Run time 24fps: 1:52'29"
Audio: GB (dts HD MA);J;F;D;I;E;POR;
- Making-Of, 78' (in SD, same as on DVD)
- Screen tests, 23' HD (16mm, 1972, DP Haskell Wexler)
- "U control":
--PIP video commentaries by George Lucas
--"The music of A.G." titles/performers-info on currently playing music
I must say this BD is worth the upgrade from DVD! Image may not be perfect but it is fairly good. I have checked the BD against the DVD and it really is a BIG step up picturewise!
This BD release shouldn't be blamed for the very few limitations that the source material had. It's interesting to hear what George Lucas had to say in his video commentaries (= GLvc) on this.
I'm sure American Graffiti has never looked better in home theatres. Enjoy!
When it comes to picture quality one has to keep in mind that
- the film was shot in "Techniscope" (i.e. 2 perforation holes instead of 4, as in "Cinemascope" hence cutting stock costs in half - unfortunately same goes for picture resolution. Therefore a slightly lesser picture quality than in usual Cinemascope Blu-ray transfers is the result. (GLvc TC 00:14:40)
- shot mostly with 'available light' camera operators had difficulties to stay in focus (-> 'depth of field') e.g. TC 00:02:05; 00:03:24-31; 00:12:15 (GLvc 00:11:28, 00:39:48)
- fortunately they kept the DNR mallet in the box and the transfer shows some decent healthy grain in very good images e.g. 00:10:52; 00:12:33; 00:14:47.
- unfortunately some edge enhancement is visible here and there (e.g. light reflections on chrome parts of vintage cars 00:38:14)
I always loved this movie and admired George Lucas' tenacity to pull this off against all odds! Every effort had been put into production design ("embossed" vs. "painted Coke bottles" GLvc TC 01:01:54) to re-create this marvelous '62 time bubble - but they got (at least) one tiny detail wrong: The high school band's guitarist plays a blonde(?) Stratocaster with 'enlarged headstock'. This wasn't introduced on Strats until mid/late '65 after Leo Fender had sold his company to CBS.
PS: If you're still not happy with your home theater's performance there might be another reason for it: Unfortunately many manufacturers' tv-presets are faulty ("...what a waste of machinery!"). To optimize your Full HD monitor, no easy task with today's complex high tech flat tvs (-> color gamut, gamma, white balance etc), you might like to check out this UK website:
It will provide you with expert tests+reviews and settings that can make the best of your tv set and help reduce energy consumption too!
- Simply go to: "all reviews",
- select your tv (knock off last characters/digits on model no. -> UK plugs),
- go to "settings"/"calibration"
- adjust your flat tv - done!
...surely helped me a lot with my 46" Full HD Samsung, and "I'm not feeding a line here Debbie!"