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5.0 out of 5 stars A Solution to the Scandal?, 2 Oct. 2012
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Tim Kidner "Hucklebrook Hound" (Salisbury, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Napoleon (1927) (VHS Tape)
Whilst the on-going scandal rages on about the rights of ownership of this supposed Masterpiece and without a proper DVD release available, there seems to be few options.

Firstly, I'd never seen either the film, nor extracts from it, even. It is often cited as the best film made at that point (1927) and is truly Napoleonic in scale and ambition, using cutting edge film techniques that only a few Russian directors employed - and a bit later at that.

There's an imported (Korean/Chinese) DVD that apparently is heavily compressed in order to fit 3.5 hours all onto one disc and so, subsequently, quality is rubbish. Or so reviewers have said - in fact the legalities and the quality (or lack of) is all they seem to carp on about.

Having not being able to find even a Korean DVD, I found a secondhand NTSC video on a well-known auction site, which comes in two cassettes, each being just under 2 hrs and housed in an outer case. My old JVC VHS recorder, long disconnected, just so happens to play the U.S format NTSC videos as well as VHS, and so, I thought my bidding, whilst a gamble, might be worth it, if my machine could play it.

ACT 1: 144 mins

It does. The picture quality is OK, never exactly sharp in detail but with good contrast and not as muddy as many Silent era film DVDs. You just see slight magenta and green bands where the tinting of the film is sepia, but that is well controlled and easily gotten used to. The stereo realisation of Caarmine Coppolla's new score sounds surprisingly good and full-bodied, for a video.

So, this 'solution' may not be favourable or even possible for many but my £15 winning bid was worthwhile, in a roundabout way! And, of course, I get to see the Masterpiece in about the best from currently available. Better that than not at all, surely?
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4.0 out of 5 stars I would like to think I may see it again, 20 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Napoleon (Paperback)
A surprisingly riveting read for so potentially dry a subject. Reading the effort that has gone into protecting and restoring this film makes its absence from the DVD shelves all the more regrettable. I have seen it once, I would like to think I may see it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Napoleon' Gance script - an excellent stand-alone read, 22 May 2011
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This film script makes a remarkably good read, and, especially for anyone who has watched the amazing Abel Gance 'Napoleon' film. It demonstrates how closely the mood and style of the script has been captured by the movie, and the detail and intensity of intention in Gance's script. The paperback copy that I received had a disappointingly scuffed cover, although the interior pages were pristine.
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