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3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly mediocre transfer of a wonderful film, 8 Dec 2009
This review is from: The Unbelievable Truth [DVD] [1991] (DVD)
Hartley's debut feature-length film, featuring many of his regular cast, has the best dry, philosophical, socially-conscious humor of any of his films, even while the limited budget of his first production shows in comparison to some of his glossier later efforts.

Despite the low-budget production, it would have been a simple task to give the film a decent DVD transfer, which C'est La Vie has regretfully not done, hence my low rating. The picture quality is faded, grainy, and fuzzy, noticeable from the first frame, in which the white letters of the title sequence show up against a gray background that is (of course) supposed to be black. A new VHS tape would have a similar picture quality!

Here's hoping that this wonderful under-appreciated little film gets a decent transfer someday, such as Hartley's follow-up "Trust" (1990) received.
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