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An Absolute and Unmitigated Disaster...
on 18 February 2012
Let me first point out that I like Raffles. I give it four stars. What I am not giving any stars to, however, is this disastrous transfer by ITV. Raffles was, like so many shows in the 70s shot on videotape. Some gumby at ITV, however, (the same ones perhaps who turned the 4:3 World at War into a widescreen disaster epic) has decided that it was best not to release Raffles in its original form, defacing history in a manner almost akin to what happened to photographs in Stalinist Russia. Instead ITV has chosen to transfer the video portions of Raffles onto film changing the look of the programme, not to mention its contrast, in the process (the BBC did the same thing to I Claudius, by the way). For those of you with all region DVD players get the Acorn US release (the Acorn does contain the original act break cardss and it has the original Yorkshire idents). It, unlike this travesty, is in its original form. Shame on ITV.