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Wonderful story. Excellent actors. And finally a first-rate DVD transfer,
This review is from: The Shooting Party (Collectors Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
The Shooting Party shows the decline of the British aristocracy (and why they became irrelevant) through the story device of a weekend of country shooting and the relationships among the manor head (James Mason), those he has invited, those who are retainers on his estate, and those protesting the shoot.
Mason is absolutely superb. He was a subtle actor who made some awful role choices in his career. This was one of his great roles. In the Shooting Party, he embodies the sadness of the loss of values he treasures as well as an understanding of why these values are being lost.
The BBC Video's release of the film does the the movie justice. The picture is just a little soft, but the colors are rich and the transfer has clarity. The audio is excellent.
Whatever you do, don't buy the version from Jef Films, For all practical purposes, it is unwatchable. The Jef release looks and sounds as if it had been made from a fifth generation home recorded video tape, and might well have been. Color is faded, the images are out of focus, the sound is variable and unpleasant. Unfortunately, it can still be found as a Region 1 DVD and may be out as a Region 2..