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Falls short, because of weak audio
19 June 2014
When you buy bluray, you expect nothing but the result of great effort in cleaning up the print and audio that gives the best viewing experience. However, with most old Indian films, the quality of picture improves with each new technology (VHS -> VCD -> DVD -> BD), but the same cannot be said about the audio. Gol Maal, probably the best comedy from Bollywood, also gets a makeover as far as print is concerned. I liked the sharp edges and the vibrant colors, leaving out portions that were beyond repair, I guess. However, the audio leaves a lot to be desired. I was unable to make out what was being said, and had to increase the volume to very high. Too much of noise reduction often leads to the death of clarity, and that's what has happened with this BD release. Chupke Chupke fared better, but again there was a 20-min section where the sound was bad.
I think the restorers at Eagle need to put in more effort to reach an optimal audio-video level.