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Amazing film - poor remaster,
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This review is from: Twenty-four Eyes - Masters of Cinema series [DVD]  (DVD)
This film is trully a very touching movie, with beautiful characters, a very good storyline and a matching soundtrack. I watched the movie without any prior expectations/knowledge of what I would see and I was trully stuck to my armchair until the end. On that level, I fully recommend it and it would definitely get 5 stars. If only...
... the picture and sound were better. Much better, in fact. You see, for a Eureka Masters of Cinema series, I would expect the picture quality to be much better. And I am not mentioning this from the point of view of the person who hates black & white or old movies - not at all. Being a movie fanatic, I have seen many old films in black & white and from various studios & sources (e.g. Criterion collection) and I am quite accustomed with them. To that extent, the picture of this edition is definitely below par and unfortunately for me, this was quite noticeable, which somewhat spoiled the experience. Luckily, the plot is very gripping and perhaps (...) after a while you do not notice it. But I would definitely like to see a better remaster for this movie (& buy it as well!).
Overall, great movie but be prepared for a below par picture.
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Initial post: 22 May 2008 08:14:17 BDT
Damien Arkins says:
I'm no expert but could the image and sound quality be due to the unavailability of a good quality print? Maybe they did the best they could?
Posted on 10 Oct 2008 02:16:23 BDT
Basil Nasrajar says:
The Criterion edition is worse looking! -- see DVDBeaver -- Japanese films of the 1950s were not kept in the best conditions (many have been lost to the ravages of time and nuclear weaponry). MoC did the best they could with this, and because of these facts, it's unhelpful to knock this edition.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2011 23:28:05 BDT
Yes, it's a sad fact that there are numerous classic films from Japan (and other countries like India; see Satyajit Ray's work) in which there simply isn't much knowledge or care put into film preservation, which has resulted in too many great films being destroyed or damaged beyond being pristinely repaired. Buy some of Ray's films from Artificial Eye or Mr. Bongo Films and you'll realize how bad things can get and what a good job MoC has done given the source material.
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