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3.0 out of 5 stars
"GOLD" starring Roger Moore et al., 12 April 2005
This is a very fine movie, well acted, good plot, excellent location. However, this DVD is the worst quality production I have ever seen in a commercial pressed DVD. Its miriad faults include:
* Appalling colour balance. Most of the film could be in sepia monochrome, and you would not tell the difference.
* Heavily cropped from the original panavision 2.35:1 to 4:3, so that just about half of the frame is lost. This makes several scenes just background to the action taking place (invisibly) to the sides.
* The penultimate scene is badly pressed, giving the first pressed DVD I have ever viewed that would not play without fault. A 15 second pause with blocky representation of a frame, followed by the next scene some actual six minutes later in the movie.
* Poor sound quality.
* Poor focus.
I suspect that the producers of this DVD used a seventh generation copy of the original film, not the master, or even a first generation copy. I completely fail to understand why the film was so heavily and unnecessarily cropped.