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A Four Star Movie but One Star DVD Presentation,
This review is from: The Banquet [DVD] (DVD)
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I am not the first person to comment on the fact that this DVD does not present the film in its orginal 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Considering how important the visual aspect of this film is, it is criminal that in Region 2 we have to endure a transfer which does not let us see the whole picture. We get around half of it most of the time. Region 2 viewers should revolt against this ever-increasing shoddy practice of giving us something less good than our Region 1 cousins.
The film is very good but not quite excellent. It is beautiful to look at. The score is excellent. The thing that lets it down, and it is something I have noticed in several Chinese films, is that the pace seems to sag about three quarters of the way through. What has been riveting suddenly becomes protracted. It is a shame because there is much to enjoy in this film.
The DVD extras don't amount to a great deal. There is a making of documentary which, although it contains some interesting information on the making of the film, is fairly short.
The film is worth seeing. If you want to see this film on DVD, get the Region 1 version. If your DVD player cannot play Region 1 DVD's, see if you hack it or chip it but don't help promote this shabby practice of selling Region 2 viewers a substandard transfer of a film that is available elsewhere as the director intended it to look.