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3.0 out of 5 stars The Great White Silence (except for 44 minutes in when there's suddenly talking), 31 July 2011
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This review is from: The Great White Silence / 90 Degrees South (DVD + Blu-ray) [1924] (Blu-ray)
A magnificent restoration of a wonderful film, and packed with extras (90 degrees South is particularly fantastic). However, on my copy of the DVD of the main film, there is suddenly, 44 minutes in, a voiceover talking for a good 20 seconds or more!! This accompanies a shot of the interior of Scott's hut and I later discovered is the voiceover from Chris Watson's field recording made in 2010 - one of the disc's extras. I've contacted the BFI about this and await their reply. If it's a fault on all the DVDs then it's a bad one -and one which has so far left me feeling frustrated and annoyed.

If not for this, my review would be 5 star.
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Initial post: 2 Aug 2011 16:40:18 BDT
This is a slightly jarring moment in the film but it is deliberate. I saw it at the cinema and this is part of the soundtrack and I assume the comment is so that you are aware that the moment of silence that follows is a direct recording from the inside of the hut that you are seeing in the film footage.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Aug 2011 20:43:32 BDT
It was also included in the live performance at the London Film Festival, conducted by Simon Fisher Turner himself. So if it was a glitch then, he'd surely have tried to make sure that it was corrected in the recorded version.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2011 14:53:10 BDT
Rob L says:
Yes, definitely deliberate - like Graham I saw it in the cinema and the voiceover started

Posted on 4 Oct 2011 14:37:08 BDT
C. Sanderson says:
Having literally JUST got up to this part it was quite jarring, but rewinding it a few times and genuinely listening to it I believed it was deliberate, and I'm glad my hunch was right. I was getting anxious about contacting the BFI if this was a fault. Thankfully, it's not, although it does kind of take you out of the film a bit...?

Posted on 3 Mar 2012 23:53:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Mar 2012 00:14:28 GMT
Franco says:
Yes it threw me, but it was fleeting and judging from the other comments it is deliberate. I guess the intention is to be jarring. Excellent film all the same. Loved the music and silent scripted narration, combined with the great footage, totally mesmerizing.

Posted on 20 Mar 2012 10:08:20 GMT
Horace Wimp says:
Good God....there's people starving in the World and rotting in jails and you lot are getting frustrated, annoyed, anxious about 20 secs of voiceover on a dvd. There is no hope.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2012 14:51:00 GMT
Franco says:
What bearing does 'people starving in the world and rotting in jails" have on any of this?
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