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Scorsese a Big Blu-ray Fan

Posted November 4, 2009 03:52 AM by Juan Calonge

Blu-ray DiscAt the Blu-Con 2.0 conference yesterday, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese, who is also a veteran and avid cinephile, sang the praises of the Blu-ray format because it offers viewers at home the chance to "experience the best possible sound and picture" and see "the film as it was meant to be seen." Movies viewed in the HD format boast a "film-grain quality," he added.

Also, Scorsese opined that BD "will extend the life of movies", because the clarity makes classic films look new again, and thus more attractive for younger audiences. “Blu-ray will extend the life of movies,” Scorsese said. "I have a daughter who's 10, and she can't tell the difference between old films and new films." That makes him "very excited and optimistic as a filmmaker and a film lover".

On the other hand, a poor presentation, in his opinion, detracts from the movie-watching experience, especially for younger viewers. “There are subtle things, like not being able to see the actor's eyes. With Blu-ray, you don't have that problem.”

During Q&A time, Scorsese was asked which film he has most enjoyed watching on Blu-ray. Scorsese said it was the 'The Searchers'. The Ford/Wayne classic has long been one of Scorsese's favorites, and he considers the BD "incredible." He said it was "something about the beauty of the landscape and the nature of the faces — you put it on just to check something out, and you can't take it off."

Scorsese films released on Blu-ray include: However, many other Scorsese movies are still unreleased on BD, notably 'Taxi Driver', which was supposed to have come out early this year, and also 'Bringing Out the Dead', 'Kundun', 'The Age of Innocence', 'Cape Fear', 'The Last Temptation of Christ', 'The Color of Money', 'After Hours', 'The King of Comedy', 'New York, New York', 'Mean Streets' and "Who's That Knocking at My Door', as well as the documentaries 'No Direction Home', 'My Voyage in Italy' and 'A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies'.

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Sony senior VP for restoration and mastering Grover Crisp said that, with his infectious enthusiasm for Blu-ray, Scorsese "has also gotten other directors like Michael Mann and Christopher Nolan involved" on disc remastering and special features.


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News comments (27 comments)


Jeeva
 - Nov 04, 2009

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Too bad they butchered his 'Gangs Of New York' on Blu-ray. That one really deserves a nice re-release with a proper transfer.

ambientcafe
 - Nov 04, 2009

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I'm likely alone in my enthusiasm for 'After Hours' (1985), one of Scorcese's lesser known gems (RottenTomatoes = 92%!). A departure from his normal dramatic fare, 'AH' is (still) a fun & quirky (if dated) comedy with a great ensemble cast. Griffin Dunne (American Werewolf in London, The Big Blue) & Rosanna Arquette are pitch-perfect. Great, memorable score by Howard Shore. I revisit it at least once a year. I've owned it on Laserdisc & dvd, but I'm not holding my breath for the BD anytime soon, or if ever at all.

nazdar
 - Nov 04, 2009

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Marty is smart

bygberbrown
 - Nov 04, 2009

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Nice story, but yeah, hope Goodfellas is a new transfer...

stubiedoo
 - Nov 04, 2009

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iv'e been raving about the searchers picture quality too looks amazing for an old film

ibeetle
 - Nov 04, 2009

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@stubiedoo

Unfortunately, for most if it does not have a 25 year old actor in a leotard, explosions, sound effects sonic levels mastered louder that a 707 jet, more explosions, an entire cast and crew rendered in CGI motion capture, oh and things blowing up then nobody is interested.

LynchFan
 - Nov 04, 2009

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@ ambientcafe

After Hours is AMAZING! One of my favs as well. King of Comedy is even better in my opinion. One of the most brilliant studies of how a fans emulation can often be masked hatred and rage (Pupkin doesn't idolize Langford so much as he feels he should BE him and is entitled to the same fame and fortune). It is great to hear that Scorsese is leading the BD charge! If only my favorite, Mr. David Lynch would get excited about it!

mishal
 - Nov 04, 2009

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Scorsese is THE MAN!!

But seriously, I want Taxi Driver. I can't handle them delaying it every time.

PowellPressburger
 - Nov 04, 2009

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I still want After Hours released badly.

rev.and.ride
 - Nov 04, 2009

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I want Taxi Driver and Mean Streets. While I'm tired of being disappointed with the delays on Taxi Driver, I'd rather they get it right.

rmainhammer
 - Nov 04, 2009

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After Hours is one of his most underrated outputs, but I wouldn't choose it to be on the docket for Blu-ray. I would much rather see Taxi Driver, Kundun, Cape Fear, and The Last Temptation of Christ before AH. I'm not sure how his previously unreleased to the BD format documentaries will fare since much of the footage is from stock and other sources. But bring on his feature films!

scorsetinogilliam
 - Nov 04, 2009

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I also love After Hours and The King of Comedy, both so underrated, but getting less so these days which is good to see. Really I just want all of his stuff to come out on blu, even his lesser effort like Boxcar Bertha is worth a BD release...everything he does is wonderful

TTC1984
 - Nov 04, 2009

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Yeah, where are Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, and The Last Temptation of Christ?

Riff Magnum
 - Nov 04, 2009

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makes me hopeful for a Gangs re-release

andyman1970
 - Nov 04, 2009

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I'd love to have "The Color of Money" on Blu-ray as well as Taxi Driver and Mean Streets. Really looking forward to the re-release of Goodfellas.

Brundlefly
 - Nov 04, 2009

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whoah whoah, back up... Scorsese has a daughter who's 10? Holy hell!

ANYWAY... I'm eagerly awaiting the day that Mean Streets becomes available on BD.

RedSoxNation
 - Nov 04, 2009

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Marty is a big fan of Blu-Ray, and I'm a big fan of Blu-Ray and Marty. Would love to see Kings of Comedy and Taxi Driver

ShellOilJunior
 - Nov 04, 2009

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Great to see directors like Marty and Coppola getting behind blu-ray in a big way.

repete66211
 - Nov 04, 2009

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It's official: Martin Scorsese has an opinion on EVERYTHING. I love both the man and his movies, but he sure does get around doesn't he?

But seriously, it's great to see some big names getting behind the format. One step closer to industry standard.

JAGUAR1977
 - Nov 04, 2009

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After Hours is plain weird, but very entertaining. I'd read mixed reviews about King of Comedy, but thought it was fantastic when I saw it on TV.

maidenbrain
 - Nov 04, 2009

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Not saying it's his best, but I do love After Hours (Scorsese top 3 for me). Hope to see it someday. BTW, Raging Bull, arguably his best, looks incredible on BD. Hopefully, they do right by Taxi Driver, which I caught on MGM HD a while back and which looked very good, despite DNR smearing during the dark scenes.

MeE
 - Nov 04, 2009

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If Alice doesn't live here anymore was released on Blu Ray I would buy it. Anyone else?

bugsnest
 - Nov 04, 2009

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Smart man, smart choice!!

Hopefully this means we get the rest of Scorsese's amazing body of work on BD soon. WOW!!
And more hopefully, we get a director's cut of "Gang's of New York" with a new improved transfer

4dot
 - Nov 04, 2009

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Hmm... why isn't Boxcar Bertha mentioned in the article, I wonder?

Minimejer05
 - Nov 04, 2009

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I would love Taxi Driver on blu ray. Im glad some big time directors are fans of blu ray.

WARHOG15
 - Nov 04, 2009

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Wow!!

indiephantom
 - Nov 05, 2009

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After Hours is my favorite Scorsese film!! Nice to see other fans. Personally, I really want to see Caper Fear, The Last Tempation of Christ and New York Stories (his "Life Lessons" segment is the highlight of the film).


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