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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, beautiful film, 17 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Gone To Earth [1950] [DVD] (DVD)
This review contains no plot spoilers.
A magnificent acheivement by Powell and Pressburger, full of the mysterious atmosphere of the Welsh Marches. Sadly, it was butchered before release - just 35 minutes remained in the 1950 cinema release. This DVD is the full 110 minute restored version, and the DVD transfer is superb for a film of this age. The audio is also excellent. There are even good extras, rare in a budget British DVD.
The outdoor shots are superb, and thankfully there are only a few seconds of back-projection here and there. If you like P&P's work (I Know Where I'm Going, Colonel Blimp, A Canterbury Tale), then you'll love this. Also a 'must' for Kilvert's Diary lovers.
It seems the DVD pack designer was just handed a few old black & white film stills and didn't even watch the film. This is because the front image and the rear three stills are all in black & white! It would be a shame if this put off potential viewers - as it's actually in georgeous, subtle technicolour.
The only (slight) let down is the sharpness and suddenness of the ending. Buy & enjoy!
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