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5.0 out of 5 stars Extra image, a little less print
Great to get the hi-res clarity on the Bluray of course - but a comparison with the DVD (also in this package) reveals another advantage: the DVD aspect is cropped top and bottom, probably to widen the ratio out to standard 4:3.

In fact the original aspect ratio is 1.19:1, quite close to square. This was common to early sound films, I understand, when room had...
Published on 21 Feb. 2013 by David K. Upham

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2.0 out of 5 stars Great films on a good quality DVD but poor delivery.
Let me begin by saying that the films are absolutely fantastic, true masterpieces of surrealist cinema, in fact. However the delivery was awful, the cardboard envelope it came in was torn open at the corner and the box was shattered beyond use.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra image, a little less print, 21 Feb. 2013
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David K. Upham (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
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Great to get the hi-res clarity on the Bluray of course - but a comparison with the DVD (also in this package) reveals another advantage: the DVD aspect is cropped top and bottom, probably to widen the ratio out to standard 4:3.

In fact the original aspect ratio is 1.19:1, quite close to square. This was common to early sound films, I understand, when room had to be made for the soundtrack, on the side (as projected). Best comparison is with the early images of the scorpions: the iris around the images is a complete circle on the bluray but cropped on the DVD version.

The booklet too, is slightly smaller than the earlier BFI DVD-only edition - format aside, there are fewer illustrations and the facsimile of the original L'Age D'Or program is missing. A bibliography for the key essay is also missing.

The movie material is sterling, of course, though bonus material appears only on the DVD. Robert Short's introduction is informative and worth a listen, though you should mind the commentary for L'Age D'Or: it actually abbreviates the movie - so leave it off until you've watched it at least once.

The documentary A Proposito de Bunuel also well worth while - one of the few places you'll find photo evidence of Marilyn Monroe's visit to the set of Exterminating Angel (with Jacqueline Andere's anecdote on the occasion).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great films on a good quality DVD but poor delivery., 11 Mar. 2015
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Let me begin by saying that the films are absolutely fantastic, true masterpieces of surrealist cinema, in fact. However the delivery was awful, the cardboard envelope it came in was torn open at the corner and the box was shattered beyond use.
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfection, 6 Jun. 2011
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L'age d'or is in an quality incredible. The choice of the sounds is multiple. And, personnally, i préfer the sound re work by Bunuel in the 60' showing the same music and conditions of the projection in 1932. Only a little regret... but .... Un chien andalou shoulden't be remastered at the level of l"age d'or. But, it's in hight quality and the best of the copie of today. And in blu-ray it's impressive. So, it's not really à critic. The movies, theirs souls and their identity are totaly respected by the infomatique work and not at all transformed in a new way. Very good work.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Surrealist films, 10 Oct. 2013
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Not to everybody's taste but these two films are iconic.If you enjoy having your preconceptions turned on their heads then these films are for you.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bunuel's 1930s, first feature, 27 Nov. 2011
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RR Waller "ISeneca" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Together with a gathering of film buffs, we watched all of Louis Bunuel's films in a week, complete with lectures and discussions. Made in 1930, it was his first feature film and, although it has a more development and coherent story and plot, it is pure surrealist and, therefore, not everyone's taste especially as it is in black-and-white, showing its age and the limitations of the equipment at the time. However, from another perspective, those are its charms too and it is essential viewing for anyone interested in film history, surrealism or Louis Bunuel.

Some remastering has been done and the soundtrack changed, e.g. Bunuel himself worked on the soundtrack in this sixties.

Keep in mind while watching it the size and unsophisticated nature of the cameras and sound equipment, the vocabulary of film-making at the time and the political, religious and social conditions just to set the film in context. That way, viewers will begin to appreciate the quality of the film and some of it will still shock, yes, even a modern audience. Having the DVD allows subsequent watchings to be performed from altered perspectives, e.g. as a film historian, a cameraman, editor and so on, all of which will heighten appreciation.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Gold read Sliver, 26 Aug. 2011
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I am pleased that many of the more obscure, early films are being released on high quality digital transfer. For those of us who were exposed to the original celluloid projection, either in an art cinema, university or art school, it's a chance to revisit it and for those who didn't a new opportunity to see it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Mar. 2015
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4 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Film OK but packaging dreadful, 3 Aug. 2011
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Jim "Jim" (Manchester United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Be warned, when my copy arrived I couldn't open the case. I found a tear-off strip to start getting the plast ic off (I thought). Tore it off and proceeded to remove plastic. Then I found I was actually tearing off the plastic cover and the paper insert fell out. OK it doesn't affect the quality of the film but the case is ruined. Surely lousy design like this shouldn't happen these days. Five stars for movie, zero for packaging.
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