Like "The Sting," "Chinatown"'s video isn't a home run, but it's certainly a solid double or maybe even a triple. Yes, there's some softness in spots along with some graininess, which is fairly typical of older movies, but overall Paramount's done an impressive job preserving the natural look of the movie, and the detail in many shots gives the film a fresh quality. You don't feel exactly like you're seeing a new film, but the image does make you constantly say to yourself, "Wow, Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway look young." If already own the DVD, this Blu-ray does offer a significant improvement in picture quality (it sounds very good, too) and if you're a fan of the movie, and have a large HDTV, I'd say it's worth the upgrade. See pricing for "Chinatown" from Amazon.com.
December 22, 2013 1:19 PM PST
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| Caption by: David Carnoy
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