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poor digital transfer compromises visuals
on 11 February 2011
I saw this film in America upon its initial release and then owned it for many years on VHS. It's such a soulful and poetically nourishing film that I again purchased it on dvd after moving to Europe, in this Pathe format. Unfortunately, the result of a poor digital transfer is such that the picture is partially blurred, the colors and contrasts muted, and the quality somewhat less, even, than what I had on VHS. This is particularly discouraging in the case of Julian Schnabel's masterpiece: being an accomplished NY painter himself, the photography and conceptualizations throughout the film rely heavily on color, contrast, and inspired photography to bring Jean-Michel Basquiat's unique work and passion to life.