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The Grand Duel / Keoma Blu-ray

United States
Spaghetti Western Double Feature | Il grande duello aka The Big Showdown / Keoma Mill Creek Entertainment | 1972-1976 | 2 Movies | 195 min | Rated R | May 15, 2012

The Grand Duel / Keoma (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: see individual releases
Original aspect ratio: see individual releases

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.7 of 53.7
Audio 2.8 of 52.8
Extras 0.5 of 50.5
Based on 3 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
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Western80%
Drama70%
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The Grand Duel / Keoma

 (1972-1976)

The Grand Duel / Keoma Blu-ray offers decent video and bad audio in this mediocre Blu-ray release

See individual titles for their synopses.

For more about The Grand Duel / Keoma and the The Grand Duel / Keoma Blu-ray release, see the The Grand Duel / Keoma Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: Franco Nero, Lee Van Cleef, William Berger, Alberto Dentice, Olga Karlatos, Jess Hahn
Directors: Enzo G. Castellari, Giancarlo Santi


This Blu-ray bundle includes the following titles, see individual titles for specs and details:

 
 


The Grand Duel / Keoma Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

The Grand Duel
Score: 4/5


Of all the Mill Creek Blu-ray video presentations, this one ranks at or near the top. The studio's high definition image of The Grand Duel dazzles, generally, from beginning to end. Save for a few spots where slight softness and a hint of pastiness appear, the image offers up a naturally film-like presentation that should satisfy all comers. Grain retention is evident throughout, appearing light but consistent. Details are often extraordinary. The sandy and pebbly terrain appears razor-sharp even at some distance. Rock faces near and far retain their natural intricacies. Strong, natural, film-like details are revealed on faces and clothes. The transfer captures close-ups of scratched-up firearms, well-used playing cards, worn-down wagons, and weathered building faēades with great clarity and attention to detail. Colors are steady and accurate, whether the red, white, and blue of the American flag or the more general shades of earthy Western terrain. Black levels satisfy, and flesh tones appear true. The image is largely free of wear and tear, banding is minimal, and blocky backgrounds and edge halos are absent. This is a worry-free transfer from Mill Creek.

Keoma
Score: 2.5/5


Mill Creek follows up on the video success of The Grand Duel with a fairly poor transfer for Keoma. Like The Grand Duel, grain is present here, but rather than organic and free-moving, it's instead frozen in place. The result is an image saddled with a noticeable reduction in vitality and expert detailing. Worn leathery objects, dusty clothes, and the like can and often do appear unfortunately lifeless. To be sure, the image still captures some very nice and complex textures in brighter scenes. Rough and worn human faces, edgy rock textures, and similarly-complex elements often appear sharp and accurate. But there's also a flatness to much of the image, and the frozen grain truly interferes with some darker scenes. Note a hazy, smoky bar interior that, with the frozen grain, appears as simply one of the most unnatural and visually unpleasant scenes on Blu-ray. On the plus side, colors are nicely balanced, appearing with accurate flesh tones, natural greens, and stable gray and white rock formations. The print shows only sporadic speckling, but edge halos and occasional softness leave the image wanting. It's a shame Keoma fails to live up to the standard set by The Grand Duel.


The Grand Duel / Keoma Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  1.5 of 5

The Grand Duel
Score: 1.5/5


Unlike the high quality video transfer, Mill Creek's DTS-HD MA 2.0 lossless soundtrack for The Grand Duel is pretty spotty, to be kind. Listeners will immediately note that the track takes on a decidedly crunchy, unkempt sort of presentation. Though it plays with more than enough energy and volume (and too much of the latter at reference levels), nearly every musical note, sound effect, and syllable of dialogue is in some way flawed. Music plays with a kind of crunchy edge. It does offer fair energy, though, with rattly, piercing, and unkempt highs, a crunchy midrange, and a poor low end. At best, the presentation sounds extremely harsh and even difficult on the ears; even the audible playfulness of a chase scene in chapter three is lost to the shrieking piano strokes that pierce the soundstage with an unwelcoming shrill. Sound effects, generally, stink. Crunchy horse footsteps across rough terrain or rushing waters as heard in chapter twelve play with nearly no audible definition, coming across instead as merely a wall of garbled sound. Ambient effects, likewise, amount to little more than random sonic elements scattered around the stage. Gunfire, whether a barrage of pistol shots or the constant rattle of an automatic weapon, does manage to improve upon the general effects, playing with a more focused, balanced, and even natural flair. Dialogue is at best adequate, the spoken word at least understood, but the presentation is crunchy, hissy, detached, and harsh. It's not always focused up the middle, sometimes venturing far off to the sides even when the action is front-and-center. Lip sync is rather far off as well, sometimes, seemingly, nearly an entire word behind by the looks of it. Yes, this one could stand just a little adjusting here and there.

Keoma
Score: 1.5/5


Keoma's video transfer might fall far behind that of The Grand Duel, but its DTS-HD MA 2.0 lossless soundtrack falls right in line with that film's poor quality audio presentation. Indeed, this track reflects many of the same attributes of the one reviewed above. The film begins with a heavy blowing wind that's identifiable by sound and context, but the sensation is hollow and empty, merely a shell of a true effect. Most sound effects follow suit, whether footsteps on wooden floors or gun shots that offer up a basic thud and punch but little more. Then there are those moments when the track goes so quiet, so absent of even slight ambience, that it's almost as if it's dropped out completely (and that's not counting those times when the track really does go silent by design). Dialogue, too, sounds rather hollow, with sync often off so that words don't match lip movements, and there ae even times when a thud or a punch or a gunshot or a fall to the ground seems a split-second behind the action. But constantly in the background is an audible scratchy, buzzing hiss that comes to annoy the listening audience and detract from the feature. A few effects here and there show some stability and signs of life, but generally this is a rather poor presentation all around.



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