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Kelly’s Heroes / Where Eagles Dare

Posted by admin | Posted in Movies | Posted on 12-04-2011

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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 06/01/2010 Run time: 302 minutes Rating: NrAmazon.com
Kelly’s Heroes, a tongue-in-cheek 1970 variation on The Dirty Dozen looks less fresh than it did in the year of its release, but it still has some enjoyable moments. Clint Eastwood stars along with Donald Sutherland, Harry Dean Stanton, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’Connor, and Gavin MacLeod in the story of American soldiers who try to steal gold behind… More >>

Kelly’s Heroes / Where Eagles Dare

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Specs:

Video resolution: 1080p

Original aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Audio

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Two-disc set (2 BDs)

Director:

Brian G. Hutton

A quality transfer, that reproduces colors, though this doesn’t appear to be a full-blown restoration. I appreciate the work that was done. It has been a long time since I have seen it look this good. You can see the blueing on the weapons, the frayed uniforms. Not bad for a 40+ year old movie. Well worth the addition to your blu-ray collection.
Rating: 5 / 5

I bought this Blu-ray for Where Eagles Dare, and had hopes for an improvement over the DVD version, which was already pretty good. Sadly, during the transfer the brightness was turned down so low that much of the image is now lost in the shadows. For example, many scenes are now so dark that you can’t see the actor’s faces. In other cases, big items (like airplanes) are lost in the darkness of the mountain backgrounds. This was not a problem on the DVD version. It’s especially regrettable since in the brighter scenes, the blu-ray does offer a sharp image. I can only wonder if the person doing the transfer actually looked at the results. (Note that another reviewer feels the brighter DVD image was a problem, and the darker blu-ray is more faithful to the original version shown in theaters 42 years ago. I saw it back then, but make no claims to remember the brigtness level in the theater on that day so long ago. Maybe others have a better ability to remember such things.)

UPDATE 6/18/10: A commenter suggested I try altering my LCD video settings. These settings work well for every other disc I own, plus OTA broadcast and streaming Netflix over Roku, but what the heck, I tried it. I had to choose a setting with very, very high contrast and backlight levels, but it made a real difference. The movie looked a lot better and the details became much more clear. Was the result better than the DVD version (viewed with my regular LCD settings)? To my eye, maybe it’s a 5% or 10% improvement. I wonder how or why the default settings are so dim on this BR disc? Another reviewer (on blu-ray.com) had the same experience I did. But I think if you really like the movie, it’s probably worth getting the BR disc and turning up the brightness and contrast when you watch it.
Rating: 3 / 5

I have the DVD of Kellys Heroes and I could see almost no improvement on this “Blue-Ray” version. What did they do, just put the dvd copy on a bluyray disc? It’s disappointing. And I don’t want to hear about how it’s an old movie and that’s the best it can be. Hell, movies like To Catch a Thief can be upgraded on DVD to look better than a lot of Bluerays, so there’s no excuse. Where Eagles Dare is a noticeable improvement over the DVD and the only reason to get this.
Rating: 2 / 5

The seventies saw a spate of enjoyable war themed movies being released, from The Dirty Dozen to Eye Of The Needle. WED and Kelly’s Heroes were among the best of the bunch, lighter and more energetic than today’s dark tales such as Valkyrie, Saving Pvt. Ryan etc, good though they may be.

Anyone who is going to purchase this is already familiar with the plotlines, so I won’t delve into a synopsis- see IMDB or Amazon for that.

Allies vs. Nazis has always made for good theater, and Eastwood as an action hero is tops, with stellar casts including Richard Burton in WED and Telly Savalas and Don Rickles in KH.

The price point for the Blu-ray discs as a combo is great and the transfers are superb, though not restored and remastered, as some reviewers have lamented.

Still, the clarity of the picture and the vibrancy of the colors is, in my opinion, superior to the previous DVD releases. I compared WED on standard DVD and Blu-ray by simultaneously playing them, one in my sony BDP350 and the other my upconverting Toshiba HD-DVD players. There was no contest, the blu-ray was remarkably detailed, and colors excellent, the 2:35 widescreen a must for viewing the entire film as it should be seen. (mind you, I love my HD-DVD and always felt that it was a better standard for high def than Blu -ray, but alas Toshiba lost that battle……..sigh)

You simply can’t go wrong with this combo set!
Rating: 5 / 5

Both of these movies are favorites in my WWII genre of films. I think the picture and sound on these blu rays are probably the best these films ever looked, especially on home video. I’m not quite old enogh to have seen these in the theater ( I’m 44 ), but I remember these on TV and VHS, Laser Disc…..If you are a fan then buy these they are at a good price.
Rating: 4 / 5

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