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Good film -- terrible sound quality,
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This review is from: The Comedians - Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor [DVD] (DVD)
The film is very worthwhile as a time-capsule glimpse into the kind of ambitious-yet-commercial, glamor-slash-message productions that were made in that era. Never mind that the picture quality has not been remastered. But the English soundtrack is at such a low audio level that an average TV has to be turned up to its highest volume to make some of the scenes, especially the intimate ones between Taylor and Burton, audible at all. I have never yet experienced such an extreme case on a DVD. Probably this was done to remove some kind of noise from the old recording, but it leaves many passages almost inaudible and somewhat distorted. What the "remasterers" did add, though, is a completely needless fake "stereo" effect on some dialogue scenes, where the sound is shifted more or rather less accurately from left to right depending on where the speaker is standing in the frame. The quality is not as bad on the German and Spanish dubbed soundtracks, which are also there, though Amazon.co.uk, typically, fails to list them in the product description. Oh, by the way, though I ordered the "Spanish import" version, the disc I received had the English cover, not the one the item picture shows.