Black-and-white? Academy ratio? Mono sound? World War II film stock? On HD DVD? Are they kidding?
Well, no. Amazingly, it works. The pictures are as sharp and clean as if they were shot yesterday. The lovely thing about 35mm film is that it was always HD-ready. Even 65 years ago.
With this release, it's possible to see what the director and cameraman were trying to do for the first time since the wartime fleapits. There's a real art to the composition and the way depth-of-field and focus are used to control the viewer's eye. That subtlety is lost in SD because nothing is quite in sharp focus. The difference brings the film back to life in a way that had me disappearing deep inside the story like never before.