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Graham Ritchie
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 - posted March 29, 2019 04:28 AM      Profile for Graham Ritchie   Email Graham Ritchie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Well folks you cant get better than this [Cool] I watched it tonight on the Epson VP and its edge of the seat stuff. For a 1971 made for TV movie it really looks and sounds just great. The image is in a 1:85:1 ratio [Cool] and the sound has been given DTS-HD Master audio 5:1.

"Dual" has been remastered and fully restored, There are some very interesting bonus features which I am still going through as well.

I would very highly recommend this Blu-ray release and regard it as a must have [Smile]
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Leon Norris
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 - posted March 29, 2019 09:45 AM      Profile for Leon Norris   Email Leon Norris   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Graham, I have a nice super 8 sound print! I'll be looking out for the DVD version! I like this movie!

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Graham Ritchie
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 - posted March 29, 2019 01:40 PM      Profile for Graham Ritchie   Email Graham Ritchie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Leon

I would skip the DVD version as they are only in the 4:3 ratio.

The Blu-ray is 1:85 which is much better [Cool]

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Rob Young.
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Graham, I've loved this movie ever since I realised the name Steven Spielberg meant something at a young age. I first saw it on TV aged about 12 and realised it was something special.

I've enjoyed my 400ft super 8 version over the years time and time again. It's really well edited and has a lovely quality, but the Blu-ray is just amazing.

Sitting at home, watching this TV movie from the 70's in your home cinema, with stunning picture quality and tremendous roaring sound...just brilliant (even if The Berg does make a couple of unintentional appearances, and all the more obvious in HD!)

We're so lucky, aren't we?! [Smile]

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Leon Norris
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Thanks for the info!

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Bill Sherren
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I remember seeing Dual when it was the support for Chinatown. As I was too young to watch Chinatown the cinema allowed me to come in and watch Dual. Just so long as I left afterwards! Great movie with a perfect ending...

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Leon Norris
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I can't wait to get the blue Ray version!

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Brian Fretwell
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I remember seeing this at the Metropole Victoria, not with Chinatown but with a film with David Janson ex-the fugitive. I remember seeing the first 5-10 minutes and thinking "this should be boring, there is nothing going on - but it isn't boring." The true sign of a great film maker to my mind.

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Graham Ritchie
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 - posted March 30, 2019 09:57 PM      Profile for Graham Ritchie   Email Graham Ritchie   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I watched the special features the other day, its interesting that Dennis Weaver did most of his stunts, including the one where he jumps out of the phone box just before the truck hits it. Other interesting points that Steven Spielberg talks about, and its clear as day when you watch the film, is his reflection on the glass just as Dennis Weaver enters the phone box... he is checking the script [Smile] .

Other points is the lady at the Snakerama, was also cast in a similar role on the film 1941. The elderly couple that are driving along when Dennis Weaver asks for there help, also appeared in the helicopter scene in Close Encounters.

Sometimes the making of can be just as interesting as the film itself [Cool]

Great stuff [Smile]

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William Olson
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This is great news. An excellent film. This may be the best movie ever made for network television.

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Burton Sundquist
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...I have to agree. Duel is a great film.
Shot as a movie of the Week, in North America, Spielberg added scenes to meet requirements to have it released in theatres abroad to lucky European markets. This would have been great in the cinema! The Theatrical version has long been available on DVD...
I imagine the Bluray is Superb. About Time this classic was shared . Thanks Graham!

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Bill Brandenstein
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Shot in the vicinity of our community, this movie has always been a curiosity to me for both how absorbing the bizarre story is AND for trying to figure out the locations on our nearby highways. Some are easy to figure, some aren't.

The 5.1 track on your Blu-ray was created by Universal sound editors a number of years ago for a re-release. I was surprised to run across one of them who explained their uncredited work. The original sound elements were quite basic and mixed pure mono - it was, after all, a network TV movie first and foremost.

They painstakingly worked with the original elements and then replaced and upgraded many of them with state-of-the-art recordings. I think it's amazing to hear both for the dynamics as well as the realism of that truck practically rolling through the living room.

The original TV cut was shorter and contained none of the stronger profanity in the "enhanced" theatrical cut, and I wish the "G-rated" version existed in a home video release as well.

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