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3.0 out of 5 stars Quality problems, 22 Sept. 2006
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This review is from: The Night Porter [1973] [DVD] (DVD)
I was pleased to find this film on DVD at last, and keen to replace my old VHS video of it. It is a stunning, powerful film,that evolves with every viewing.

It is a classic.

BUT...

This DVD is watchable but the picture quality is awful in some areas.The film becomes very dark, brown and grainy till you can hardly see the actors faces.Sometimes the faces are a blur!

This does ruin the film in places, for me...as I know the film so well.The dramatic power of the scenes is damaged by this in my opinion.

I assume the film stock has decayed beyond repair? Why has it not been moved to DVD with care? Why has such a poor copy been selected for distribution?

And yet I have a video recorded from British television that is pristine! The film is crystal clear, full of light, with sharp contrasts between the reds, whites and blacks. The 'Reunion'scene in the hotel room instead of being a murky-black fog is visible again, the actors faces revealed.

If you love this powerful film I advise recording a TV copy for a good home copy.

As with 'The Dogs of War' and 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'(both edited before DVD release) It looks as if this film has not made its transition to a new format either. I shall be hanging onto my old old VHS copy again!!!!
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