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3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed DVD publication, 6 Nov 2000
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This review is from: Citizen Kane [DVD] [1942] (DVD)
It goes without saying that this movie is a 20th century masterpiece from a cinematic and dramatic genius. Being a film that undoubtedly gains through repeated viewing it would seem a natural for the new digital medium. However this DVD release is marred by the quality of the print which looks like it could do with some serious restoration but more importantly by the abysmal quality of the DVD digitisation. It appears suspiciously as though this disc was produced from a 30 fps NTSC video master and standards converted to 25 fps PAL frame rates, badly. Consequently the viewer is almost constantly aware throughout the movie of the 'jaggies' caused by the TV interlace which is very prominent on edges, excessively so during movement. Frankly this not good enough for a 35mm movie of this importance and particularly so on a high priced DVD. It's release in this condition would seem at best cynical and at worst insulting to both the audience and the work of a great filmic artist. As if to underline the cheapskate nature of this release the disc lacks any additional supporting material in the form of interviews and documentary footage. This is all the more bizarre given this was such a controversial movie and one which led to the dramatic and untimely end of the directors Hollywood career. If you're a fan or even an ordinary movie goer and think you're going to enjoy the benefits of digital quality with this magnificent film you'll probably be disappointed. If it wasn't for the power of the movie story telling this disc would be practically unwatchable. Looks like the money grubbing bean counters have won out once again. Disgraceful.
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Initial post: 10 Jan 2009 19:57:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2009 19:57:56 GMT
If it is anything like the (lack of ) quality on the DVD of "The Stranger" which I have just watched, then I think that these terrible DVDs should be scrapped and proper transcriptions made. I have seen Kane and Ambersons and other Welles movies in the cinema and they are magnificent pieces which should never have been treated so cavalierly. Shame on those people who made these monstrosities.
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