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House on Straw Hill Blu-ray

United States
Exposé / Trauma / Blu-ray + DVD Severin Films | 1976 | 84 min | Rated R | Oct 08, 2013

House on Straw Hill (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.67:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.66:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

Subtitles
None

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Three-disc set (1 BD, 2 DVDs)
DVD copy

Playback
Region A, B (C untested)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 2.0 of 52.0
Audio 3.8 of 53.8
Extras 3.8 of 53.8
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House on Straw Hill

 (1976)

House on Straw Hill Blu-ray features poor video and solid audio in this fan-pleasing Blu-ray release

A paranoid writer (Kier) is unable to get started on his second novel. He hires a secretary (Hayden), and then his troubles really begin.

For more about House on Straw Hill and the House on Straw Hill Blu-ray release, see House on Straw Hill Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Udo Kier, Linda Hayden

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House on Straw Hill Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.0 of 5

House on Straw Hill is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Severin Films with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.67:1. The presentation includes the following introductory text card:
The following presentation of House on Straw Hill has been mastered from the three remaining elements known to exist. The original negative has suffered considerable water damage over the years so could only be used in instances where the other elements were missing scenes. Otherwise two vintage 35mm prints were used which over the years have faded and have been projected countless times. The color and the most egregious damage have been restored but anomalies still remain.

We apologize for the imperfect presentation but every effort has been made to preserve the feature in its uncut form before the elements deteriorate further.
The upshot of this is therefore not that House on Straw Hill looks less than stellar—for this is certainly a problematic presentation by any stretch of the imagination—but that it actually looks as good as it does. There are manifold differences between all three elements used for this transfer, which result in rather drastic changes in the appearance of the film, despite whatever ameliorative restoration efforts have been done here. Damage is quite prevalent throughout all three elements, including fairly consistent scratches and recurrent issues like small flecks and dirt showing up. Contrast and grain structure also fluctuate wildly depending on what element has been utilized. The biggest issue here however is with color, which varies substantially from moment to moment, sometimes within the same scene. The "best" looking sections here are still somewhat oddly colored, with fleshtones on the purple-red side of things (see the first screenshot of Kier), while the worst moments are blanched and very badly faded (see screenshot 19). Several scenes display color fluctuations that vary seemingly from frame to frame, where a sort of blue- to-green flicker or strobing effect will be noticeable even to the least well trained eye. The image, even that sourced from the negative, is often quite gauzily soft, though fine detail rises to at least acceptable levels in the more brightly lit sequences which feature close-ups. From a historical and contextual perspective, this is probably obviously the best that could be expected here given the film's "storied" past, but on a purely objective level, things don't look great here, as Severin is obviously very well aware of. This is therefore perhaps one of the few cases (if not the only case) where a video score of 2.0 is actually relatively good news.


House on Straw Hill Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.5 of 5

House on Straw Hill's lossless DTS-HD Master Audio Mono track actually reveals very little damage of even transitional differences between the three elements, aside from some very minor pops and cracks. Dialogue and Steve Gray's rather effective score are presented with good if not outstanding fidelity. Kier's English dubbed voice means that his lip movements don't always quite match the words being spoken, but that's a relatively minor issue.


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