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5 STAR FILM, 1 STAR DVD. An insult to a fantastic movie!
on 22 January 2013
I won't waste time reviewing the film itself other than to state that this is a re-titled re-release of the outstanding movie "NAPOLA".
The movie itself is a fantastic piece of film making with excellent performances and terrific period detail. This re-released DVD however is nothing more than an insult not only to consumers but more importantly to the film makers responsible for the original release.
For some unknown reason Metrodome Distribution have re-titled this product and re-designed the packaging of the Dvd, however the biggest insult comes in two further alterations.
"NAPOLA" (the original release of this movie) was filmed and released in a 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen format. Despite being listed on the current "Before The Fall" packaging as a 1.85:1 anamorphic presentation, this re-release is actually a poorly altered PAN & SCAN version when compared to the original widescreen Dvd. This is evident when viewing the movie, even to those who have not seen the original, as parts of the full image are very clearly cut at the sides of the frame.
In addition to the altered picture format, this re-release also suffers from re-edited subtitles when compared with the "NAPOLA" release. Whilst the general meaning is similar the accompanying subtitles are not a direct translation of the actors dialogue. Why these alterations have been made is beyond comprehension as the original of this movie was, and still is an example of outstanding movie making, the kind that can't be found in the standard run of the mill hollywood releases.
In short, if you have a genuine interest in WW2 subject matter you will undoubtedly find this film a worthy addition to your collection. This said, I would strongly recommend paying slightly more money and finding yourself a copy of the original "NAPOLA" release in order to view the movie as the director intended us to see it.
Avoid this re-release at all costs.