Wonderful Movie, Appalling Transfer
'Two For The Road' is a great little piece of hi-style, brittle sixties film-making. Frederic Raphael's screenplay is jewelled with all his trademark incisiveness and wit, the leads are attractive, and Ms Hepburn is gorgeous in a succession of outfits by Quant, Rabanne, et al.
Unfortunately, the pleasure I was expecting from seeing it again was ruined by the extremely poor quality of the conversion to DVD. A very average print covered in specks and scratches has been further degraded by a transfer which looks as if someone got hold of an old video and filmed it straight from a TV screen. It's blurry, muddy, muffled and all but unwatchable, like one of those low-grade freebies you sometimes get with the Sunday `papers. What is the point of taking a film with such visual delights and doing such a below-average job with it?
I've seen the film occasionally on TV, and know that age is not responsible for this. Another little-known Hepburn movie, 'Paris when It Sizzles', looks on its DVD release as if it were filmed yesterday.
The producers of this edition clearly want us to think they care about the movie. There are informative sleeve notes and a look of quality about the packaging. But the film itself is utterly spoiled.
No marks either for the 'Stills Gallery', which is in fact seven small snapshots.
Altogether, very disappointing.