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Problem infested Blu-ray transfer....
22 November 2017
Andaz Apna Anpa is a slapstick comedy which has become a cult classic. This review is not about the movie itself but about the Blu-ray.
This Blu-ray is cleaned-up and up-scaled to hi-def but with deterring issues which are very much noticeable while watching the movie...
1. The long-shots are over brightened to the point that they start looking hazy
2. Some scenes appear blurred e.g. the opening shot where Amir Khan comes riding a cycle. Once again this is noticeable in long shots almost through the entire movie. Close-ups are decent. However, some close-ups with multiple characters in frame are inconsistent in clarity. Conclusion is that the picture quality is not consistent
3. The picture is cropped at the bottom and the right edge. In the police station scene, Tiku Talsania is almost out of the frame. Likewise Amir Khan, after the song Dil Karta Hai where he is lying down pretending as if fainted, is out of the frame. Similar noticeable accidents occur in other shots too. This comparison was done frame to frame with DVD (from Eros - USA). Seems the Blu-ray has magnified the picture slightly but kept the same aspect ratio and hence cropped the picture.
4. The sound is not re-mixed to 5.1. Its same old mono sound from center-front speaker. But that's the case with almost all Blu-rays of old Hindi movies
5. There is Ultra's watermark on the right hand corner of the screen throughout the movie. Now this is a sacrilege for a Blu-ray coz Blu-rays are hi-def, expensive, and near theatre like viewing!! But then many sacrileges have been committed here...
After watching this Blu-ray, I simply feel money is wasted. The attempt made by Ultra has gone down the drain. I do not believe that the source material would've been problematic. So this Blu-ray needs a review, rework, and re-release.