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5.0 out of 5 stars great film but........, 11 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Withnail And I [Blu-ray] [1988] (Blu-ray)
Why in god's name isnt there any subtitles for the hard of hearing...i know ordinary mortals dont give two ticks..but
at least on the blu ray discs there should be subtitles!!!!!!!
Anyway rant over....yeah its a classic.Could watch it all day ..well on my own because my wife is deaf she doesnt count!!!!
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Initial post: 23 May 2013 12:29:45 BDT
Marcus Wal says:
Well said. My hearing is fine, but for those who can't hear [hare here] there ought to be an added 'subtitle choice'. The writing of this film alone, if in book form, word for word, is a modern-day masterpiece of the last days of 'British Comedy' [previously: Ealing]. What a treat it must have been for any of the actors to get this through their letterbox via their agents; they must have read it in one sitting and laughed all day (I know Paul McGann did). Sadly, you'll have to wait till it's on 'Film 4' again and then press the subtitles button. Meanwhile just demand to have booze and order cake!!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2013 12:35:04 GMT
Vilson says:
The Studio Canal version of the Blu-ray has English subtitles option. If you want to swap, then let me know.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2013 15:25:50 GMT
Marcus Wal says:
@Vilson, you are correct. The Studio Canal 'Blu-ray' version does have subtitles available. However, there is barely any difference concerning the picture quality from standard definition to Blu-ray'.
[Noticed when viewing again at 4am today.]

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2013 19:00:49 GMT
Vilson says:
Thanks for your comment. I haven't compared the two blu-ray versions but 'Blu-Ray.com believes that the later Studio Canal version is inferior:

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Withnail-and-I-Blu-ray/28096/#Review

It's an old film that was shot on a tight budget
- but the quality shines through in other ways!

In my opinion the soundtrack is the biggest improvement on blu-ray

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2013 14:20:14 GMT
Marcus Wal says:
That's ok, Vilson. I found watching via Blu-ray one or two parts where there were clear improvements; but quite grainy in the majority (maybe standing out more due to the Blu-ray!). I agree that the music sounds much sharper, especially the great main theme track. Either way, it's up there with the Ealing classics as part of 'great British comedy' at its best.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2014 04:42:32 BDT
Just watched the Studio Canal Blu-Ray. The picture quality looks horrible. You can see black digital shapes within the shadowy areas of the picture, and during all the dark scenes. The aspect ratio doesn't look right to me, either. This was the recent steel book version. There were no special features, except for the trailer. But the disc does contain subtitles for the hard of hearing. Couldn't enjoy the film, because all I could focus on was the awful picture quality. The metal case was nice at least.

Posted on 13 Nov 2014 15:11:07 GMT
Lizlass says:
You could make it easier for deaf/hard of hearing if you head your DVD/film reviews with info on addition or not of subtitles for deaf, this helps the deaf to sift out unwatchable films, rather than rake through all the reviews hoping to find some subtitle comment. I know amazon should force suppliers to add this info, but amazon couldn't care any less about the plight of it's many deaf-disabled customers so leaves us to struggle or pay and hope for the best ...often ending in a return after much time wasting and frustration.
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