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3.0 out of 5 stars Let down by poor remastering, 9 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: Frank Zappa -200 Motels [DVD] [1971] (DVD)
The film is great if you like that kind of thing - a few rock'n'roll numbers, Ringo Starr and Keith Moon larking around with the Mothers Of Invention, surreal intertwining fragments of ideas and some crazy (and at the time groundbreaking) visuals.

But I'm disappointed with the quality of the pictures and sound. Co-director Tony Palmer claims repeatedly to be in posession of the original video tapes on which it was shot, and the sticker on the front says "restored from the original sources", yet film scratches and blotches are evident throughout and some of the colours are very dark and muddy; and the sound is appalling - very muffled and boomy. So this has obviously been transferred from a cine print (or maybe a duplication negative) with an optical sound track - hardly "restored from original sources". Palmer claims on the commentary to have spent several months remastering the movie but I'm not convinced by the results. If (as he also repeatedly claims) all the editing and effects were done live as they were recording, it should have been relatively easy to go back to the original tapes (or at least the first generation film transfer) and reconstruct the movie in a digital editor.
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Initial post: 23 Mar 2011 19:10:10 GMT
Scratcher says:
Many thanks for the warning. What a con-artist Palmer is to claim it as his film. Sure he contributed to the visual effects, but it cetrtainly was not his film. The Zappa Family Trust should sue the pants off him. Fortunately there is a surprisingly well combined edit using the audio from the CD issue out there in dodgy download land. At least that is honest about its provenance.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2014 00:41:23 GMT
Ca Marsh says:
Considering the way that this man spent years trying to disassociate himself fro 200 Motels, I'm surprised ('surprised' used in the same way that bank managers use 'disappointed' at the conduct of an account-holder who may have gone overdrawn) that he is now making so many claims on the 'product'.
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