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Outdated transfers on the DVDs
on 26 December 2011
First of all, there is some confusion with the title of the collection, which is used on other collections with other Western films on Region 1 DVD. This review refers to the DVD pack with the three Sergio Leone films starring Clint Eastwood as "The Man With No Name". The collection would be better titled as "The Dollar Trilogy" or "The Man With No Name Trilogy".
Most reviews tend to focus on the films, but we do have quite a lot of reviews indexed on the IMDb and elsewhere on the web. When I come to an online store I would expect more comments regarding the "product"'s characteristics and quality and less on the films themselves.
As someone else pointed out, even if with a possible lack of clarity concerning the terminology used, the DVDs of A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE have old, outdated, transfers, which were norm in the time of VHS players and 4:3 televisions. The transfers are not enhanced for current 16:9 sets which means they have to be zoomed, wasting resolution. To add insult to injury, if you need subtitles, they are also not 16:9 compatible; the second line will be cut off, except if you use an intermediate zoom like "14:9" with dark or grey bars on the sides. This should be clear on the product labelling, so that the costumer could judge better if it is worth the price. It is not, in my view. I don't think widescreen films not enhanced for 16:9 are acceptable. They were not a decade ago, when DVD was already the video standard.
The information is not on Amazon and it is not correct on the box-set or on the individual sleeves themselves. I would not recommend this edition except if you have a 4:3 television and don't plan to have a 16:9 set in the next few years. That is, if you are, for some reason, frozen in time.