In today’s New York Times, your correspondent drinks the Blu-ray Kool-Aid, and likes it! Never a satisfying experience in any of its cut-down, resized versions, “How the West Was Won” recovers something of its original grandeur in Warner Home Video’s new hi-def edition, transferred with care from the original Cinerama elements. For the first time, you’ll know what Jean-Marie Straub was talking about when he called John Ford’s “Civil War” sequence one of Ford’s greatest achievements.
The Blu-ray “Adventures of Robin Hood” is dazzling, too — not least because the hi-def format restores a sense of film grain to the image. That shrink-wrapped effect is gone; this is one video that looks almost like a movie.