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Great print of an often-overlooked classic!,
This review is from: Charade [DVD] (DVD)
I've been after a pristine print of this film for years, ever since I picked up a fairly shonky region 0 copy half a decade ago for what was (back then) the bargain price of £7.99. My head had been turned by the hard-to-get Criterion Collection region 1 release, but frankly, spending the best part of £20 on a single film is quite an indulgence nowadays, so when I saw this studio-sanctioned release for less than a fiver, I snapped it up.
Well, I wasn't disappointed. The anamorphic print is clean and bright, and looks like it was filmed yesterday - aside from the fact that every frame oozes 1960's-era class. I'm lucky enough to be able to project my DVDs, and at 10ft wide and 6ft tall, this print of the film positively shines! As for the film itself, well, in my opinion Cary Grant overdoes the whole "Cary Grant thing" a little, but Audrey Hepburn is luminescant, and the supporting cast (Walter Matthau and a very mod-like James Coburn among them) don't put a foot wrong. No extras on this disc, but completists will be glad to hear that Hepburn's reference in one scene to "assassination" (not a good word to use in a major film script in 1963) has been seamlessly restored.
Due to an oversight, the film's copyright notice wasn't included in the credits, so the film went into the public domain, which is why there are so many budget DVD releases of it. Don't be tempted to save £1 or so on an inferior copy, THIS is the one to go with!
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Initial post: 22 Jun 2010 22:19:37 BDT
This is an interesting review but it does not refer to the Slam Dunk DVD on sale here. It refers to the Universal DVD. People reading this review should not assume that the Slam Dunk DVD has good picture quality.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2010 21:05:36 GMT
M. D. Elston says:
Agree it's confusing. Even more confusing is that Amazon link this review (from 2008) to the (2010) Universal re-release by Cinram. I can't find out whether that's even anamorphic - can anyone comment?
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2012 16:15:37 BDT
Hi, I have the criterion disc you mention in this review, I also have the film contained in a Cary Grant Universal Box set, and I can confirm that it is anamorphic, I think the cary grant set pre-dates 2010, so I would think a Universal 2010 re-release would be 16:9. Then again, we are talking Universal here, who are often terrible at getting the Aspect ratio wrong..
BTW, The Criterion version presents a 1.85:1 Widescreen transfer which is NOT anamorphic, it also does contain extras?? It has a rather good Audio Commentary with director Stanley Donen and Screenwriter Peter Stone... There is also notes on the films of Stanley Donen, Peter Stone's career highlights and an Original Theatrical Trailer...
I only watched the universal DVD release this week, which as I said is anamorphic and quite a nice transfer, but there are no extras on this version. Because of this, I'll be keeping both versions of the film. Hope some of this helps. Still a first rate movie. Didn't Universal not remaster this movie for their 100 years Anniv? I would have included it without much thought at all...
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Oct 2012 00:43:14 BDT
M. D. Elston says:
Thank you for your comments, as a result of which I have at last been able to add Charade to my collection. It is, as you say, a first rate movie, and the Universal 2010 re-release certainly appears identical to the one from the earlier box set: a very good anamorphic transfer, but typically for Universal without any extras at all. Never mind, I'm delighted to have a good copy of this great film.
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