A recently posted DVD Beaver review of Criterion’s Only Angels Have Wings Bluray (4.12) says that while the 1080p contrast is “nicely layered, the image is darker than the DVD.” Will someone please explain how a film looks better with darker, deeper shadows that obscure detail? How is that in any way desirable? I own a high-def streaming version of this 1939 Howard Hawks classic as well as a Turner Classic Movies Bluray — both look pretty great. So why should I shell out for a third version that, even with the higher resolution and classy Criterion stamp, reveals less?

DVD Beaver capture of Criterion’s Only Angels Have Wings Bluray.

Harvested from DVD version.