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Early Cinema - Primitives and Pioneers [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Edwin S. Porter
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An atrocious release. Absolutely shameful. These two DVDs contain many hard-to-find films that I was delighted to get in a single compilation. However, the image quality ranges mostly from wretched to terrible. The Pathe group of films look the best of the bunch with "Ali Baba" and "Aladdin" looking fairly good, but unrestored. Not so with the Melies "Impossible Voyage", which has appallingly low image quality, and is offered only in an extremely abbreviated form.

The DVD cover states that these films have been "remastered", but that means nothing. NO restoration appears to have been done. In fact, many of the films seem to have been deliberately butchered. In quite a few… Read more
Laurel & Hardy - The Collection (21-disc Box Set) &hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Stan Laurel
98 of 106 people found the following review helpful
PICTURE QUALITY

The good news is: this series has the best quality currently available on DVD. The bad news is: it's not that good. The first silent film, "Soup to Nuts" has so much digital distortion, the effect is like videos of 1950s TV shows, but worse. More distressing is sometimes extreme flare leaking in the left side of many films, and the right side of another one. The last 2 reels of "Chump at Oxford" and the entire "Live Ghost" have so much flare, I found them unwatachable. I actually became preoccupied with watching the over-exposure flashing into the frame, and had trouble paying attention to the story.

Apparently these movies are not even prints… Read more
Laurel & Hardy Volume 2 - Someone's Ailing/Classic&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Stan Laurel
35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
The picture of the sound films is bright and clear, a touch better than in the States (through Hallmark); the silent film looks terrible-why?- I have seen many beautiful prints of silent films, many from early 20s, and from Hal Roach. And why waste space with fuzzy colourized versions? These are so murky that to me they are unwatchable. I would certainly prefer more different shorts instead of any redundancies. I would also like to see the sound in sync with the picture, not a frame ahead. Surely the soundtracks can be re-synchronized. One final note: I have seen all these films in fresh 35mm prints from Hal Roach studios and they are still much, much higher quality than these DVDs,… Read more