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The Bird With The Crystal Plumage 4K UHD

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A great looking giallo that keeps you on your toes.

Having watched a good amount of Murder She Wrote in the past, where entertainment often comes from over-the-top characters and outlandish situations but has rather trite direction and cinematography, "The Bird With The Crystal Plumage" was a real treat as my first experience with a giallo. With a focus more on thrills than horror, this is a stylish and well crafted film. You are drawn into the story through the main character's perspective, who becomes a witness to a shocking attack. But is their experience how the situation truly played out? And are there details in their fleeting memory that could be key? Their growing obsession with the case mixes with rising paranoia from the personal dangers of digging into it. At a run time of 97 minutes, the film briskly moves along without feeling like it's missing details. Presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the film is looking fantastic in this 4k release. Vittorio Storaro's (Apocalypse Now) cinematography shines with strong colours in both day and night scenes. The HDR grading helped give depth to the blacks in the night scenes in particular to my eyes. If you are interested but on the fence about dipping your feet into the Italian "giallo" genre, this is a fantastic release from Arrow to begin with. It certainly hooked me on the genre!

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Giallo perfection. 4K exemplified.

I had the fortune to see a really nice print of Bird with the Crystal Plumage on the big screen about 30 years ago, and it was a revelation to watch it in Techniscope - a far cry from the awful Vampix video release and terrible ITV screenings. I've owned it on LaserDisc, DVD, Blu-Ray, the "interesting" Univisium Blu-ray (sorry guys...) and remastered Blu-ray - but I think you get my drift by now. I've seen it in many forms, but only the 4K edition has given me that exact feeling I had when I saw it on the big screen. The transfer is flawless, showcasing exactly what celluloid can do when given enough love - detail is superb, bringing out textures which were fuzzy even on the best of the other releases. Grain is wonderfully abundant, allowing the aforementioned detail in the first place - it brings to the film to life. HDR grading is skilfully done, allowing HDR-10 and especially Dolby Vision to give the film contrast and a colour spectrum never seen before. If you have even wondered just how BWTCP looked on film, then this is even better! I pre-ordered the Arte Originale edition direct from Arrow when I had the chance, but the standard release contains the same perfect transfer and a plethora of posters and lobby-card repros - some of which are now on the wall of my Man-Cave. Any fan of cool cinema needs this in their collection.

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