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Finally,the release this film deserves.,
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This review is from: All Quiet on the Western Front [Limited Edition Digibook]  [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I remember seeing this film on bbc as a young child.Ever since then,this film has always been one of my favourites.I vividly remember one sequance from the television showing.After returning from a lightning raid in to French lines,a group of German soldiers break open and share a bottle of cognac.Years later i bought this film on vhs.The sound was very muffled,the picture flickery,and the scene of the soldiers drinking the cognac was not there.Later i upgraded to dvd and bought a region 1 copy of this film.The picture and sound was a lot clearer and their was a moment showing one of the soldiers drinking from the cognac bottle.Now this film has been released on blu-ray and what a treat it is.This is the version of the film i have been waiting for since that television showing in 1969.The picture is crystal clear and sharp,the sound clear without any noise or hiss,and the missing sequance in the film.There are also many other brief moments inthis version which i have not seen elsewhere before.Obviously a lot of time and effort has gone in to remastering and cleaning up the film.This is the best version of all quiet on the western front that we are likely to get.The digi book is a treat,as are the extras on the disc.The film has lost none of it"s power and impact after 80 years.If anything,blu ray only adds to the power of the film with it"s clarity and sharpness.Thank you universal for giving us this release and treating the film as the masterpiece it is.T o update my earlier review,i have just been comparing this version directly with the dvd copy i have.The difference is amazing.My dvd copy is flickery,muffled and hazy compared to the crystal clear clarity of the blu-ray edition.If their was any argument for upgrading to blu-ray,then this film is it.To fully appreciate this film as the masterpiece it is,then i encourage you to see it on blu-ray.
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Initial post: 7 Mar 2012 10:00:20 GMT
A. Holliday says:
I agree. This is a brilliant piece of film restoration. And one of the greatest films ever made. Some reviewers have criticised the extras (or lack thereof), but haven't mentioned that of the few on offer, one happens to be the entire silent version that was released simultaneously so that the film could be played just about everywhere on the planet (well it had an important message to tell. And it had cost Universal a fortune). While this hasn't been restored, it still makes fascinating viewing and demonstrates clearly that the film is essentially a piece of silent movie making (in particular, the camera fluidity - some of which is amazing considering the technology on hand at the time - and the acting, which changes from looking a little over the top (with sound) to superb in conveying the story in silent mode.
Posted on 8 Jun 2012 00:36:19 BDT
Fox in the Box says:
Thanks so much for this review. I have just finished renovating my bedroom here at home and upgraded my TV to a 32" flatscreen plasma. I also bought a HD Cable for my PS3 System to get the full whack out of it. I found this in my local store today and wanted to buy it immediately. Thing is, I hadn't the money there and then. I really hope that this Blu Ray version is crystal clear, in comparison to the DVD (I have also viewed this film in VHS form, too). If so, that's a purchase for me. Thanks so much for this review, it helps pal.
Posted on 21 Mar 2015 20:19:52 GMT
J. J. Bradshaw says:
Thank you for this review. I find it a little sad that many people write off high quality formats as not being relevant to old films yet many of the finest examples of the blu ray format are restorations of old films. This remains a magnificent film which has lost none of its impact and this is a release which does the film justice, magnificent.
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