Stubs Goes Blu(-Ray) is an occasional series wherein we reexamine a favorite classic that receives an enhanced presentation. To celebrate TCM finally bringing back their celebration of Film Noir: Summer of Darkness, we’d thought we take a second look at one of the great classics of that sub-genre: Jacques Tourneur’s classic Out of the Past (1947). Our first review appeared in June 2012 as part of our own Summer of Darkness.
In nearly identical shots, the above in Standard Def looks good, but a little blurred and the shadows, in this case are a little darker than they should be, so some of the detail is lost.
Below, Mitchum's profile is a little sharper, the grays and blacks a little more separated, the background a little more detailed.
This wasn't a case of a film that was crumpling at the corners, but rather a film brought to its best since it was first shown in theaters.There is so much to love about this film and now a visual presentation that matches the acting and dialogue.