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Sad but true...A disapointment!
on 1 June 2013
I thought hard as to whether I would even write this review, given that others love it making me very much in the minority. Now it could be that I just watched it on the wrong night, or wasn't in the right mood (I was) as that can influence one's enjoyment, or I just felt it was not a good film! I found the acting left a lot to be desired, and dare I say it, I thought Leigh seemed uninterested and wrong for the part, and I just couldn't accept Veidt as an irresistable ladies man. Acting from everyone else I felt was below par, as was Victor Saville's muddled direction, but this is all a bit subjective, and what really made me give it 2 stars was, to me, the AWFUL soundtrack, which in itself worries me as no one else (even "Cinemascope Cat" whose reviews I enjoy and respect, doesn't complain too much). I found the sound so muffled at times I couldn't follow the dialogue, and I began to wonder if it was a) Me b)my particular DVD (surely not?) c) my TV reproduction, or d) a lousy dialogue track! Believe me I hate negative reviews except when backed up with sensible thoughts, so I hope what I say makes sense, and I would welcome any comments from fellow viewers thoughts on the sound. On what I have just written I couldn't recomend this Simplymedia DVD ("The Spy in Black" it isn't!)