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This review is from: Schalcken The Painter (BFI Flipside ) (DVD + Blu-ray) (DVD)
...and about time, too! This genuinely spooky, atmospherically filmed and immaculately detailed dramatisation of a short story by Sheridan Le Fanu is quite simply one of the finest such stories ever committed to film. It was originally shown around Christmas 1979, and has rarely been shown since. It has never legitimately appeared on DVD until this release, and I, for one, am awaiting its release in a state of high anticipation. Imaginatively reproducing the impression of a 17th Century Dutch milieu, lit predominantly via candle, this is splendidly chillsome and creepy. I've only ever watched it via a bad dub from an old VHS, so to see it in pristine, high quality DVD or Blu Ray will no doubt only add to the darkness evoked here. Well done BFI!
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Initial post: 2 Oct 2013 15:47:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Oct 2013 17:20:00 BDT
Og, your excitement's understandable, but the phrases should be 'not yet' or 'too soon', because reviews will really only be helpful once those who've bought the BFI release can advise those who haven't as to how the transfer (from 16mm, presumably) looks and sounds and whether the extra features are sufficiently interesting to justify purchase.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2013 03:36:33 BDT
Lee R says:
Extras are extras, I'm purchasing for the main feature.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2013 14:57:39 BDT
My point is that reviews are premature at this stage - we already know what the film's about, but not how the forthcoming disc version will look and sound. It's supposed to be a product review, not speculation!
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2013 19:38:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Oct 2013 20:29:32 GMT
Many potential buyers don't know what the film is about. Mature people might but younger people won't. These old, atmospheric shows only attract a limited audience. That's the reason that marketeers advertise them so long in advance, to test the market. If advance orders are poor there is a chance that the product won't reach the market. This happened with the Craftsman Audiobooks presentation of Le Fanu's ghost stories. That is still advertised on this site but marked 'unavailable'. The product never was released.
It does no harm to generate interest in a film by drawing attention to it. It allows both enthusiasts and critics to say their piece and make their impact on the products sales prospects. Croaksnooze has in fact taken the opportunity to do this elsewhere on this site. That commentator contradicts their own argument.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2013 20:25:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Oct 2013 20:26:19 GMT
How could anyone fail to know what the thing's about when it's all over the internet? If a product is first advertised and later withdrawn, it's for technical or legal reasons, not because of lack of interest; market research will already have tested its viability.
PS What makes you think I'm male?
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2013 20:30:38 GMT
Sorry. I've just corrected that.
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