Vigilante 4K restoration BluRay review

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Review of the recently released 4K Ultra-HD BluRay of Bill Lustig's Vigilante by his own label Blue Underground.



The movie....

The disc - and I have to say I neither know the previous editions, nor had I ever seen the movie before nor do I have actual 4K equipment other than the disc player (so I am judging this out of years of professional experience on a BluRay experience), is a stunner. Once again BU has shown what they are capable of with the vault material that they have for these movies. They keep releasing reference grade material UltraHD versions of their restorations that show: with proper care of the material, meticulous restoration and respect to the source, you can deliver an amazing experience on home video, without the Criterion-style revisionism often seen inflicted on classics.

The transfer rich blacks, amazing contracts, vibrant colors, authentic textures

The sound

The extras, a lot of them new for this edition,

  • Label: Blue Underground
  • Release date: December 15, 2020
  • 4K UltraHD BluRay
  • pristine new restoration, scanned in 4K 16-bit from the original 35mm camera negative, with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos audio
  • Extras: Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig and Co-Producer Andrew Garroni; Audio Commentary #2 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig and Stars Robert Forster, Fred Williamson and Frank Pesce; NEW! Audio Commentary #3 with Film Historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson; NEW! Blue Collar DEATH WISH – Interviews with Writer Richard Vetere, Star Rutanya Alda, Associate Producer/First A.D./Actor Randy Jurgensen, and others; NEW! Urban Western - Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway; Theatrical Trailers; TV Spots; Radio Spot; Promotional Reel; Poster & Still Galleries
  • BONUS! Collectible Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold
  • Audio: English (Dolby Atmos, 5.1 DTS-HD, 2.0 DTS-HD); French (Dolby Digital 2.0); Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0); German (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Français, Español, Português
  • Bluray is Region free (confirmed), UltraHD BluRay are always region free
  • Limited Collector’s Edition includes 4K UHD, Remastered Blu-ray, collectible booklet, reversible sleeve, and 3D lenticular slipcover (First Pressing Only)!
  • Unfortunately there's no soundtrack available for VIGILANTE. Jay Chattaway explains why in his new interview on the disc

All in all, a must.

by Seb

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