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1.0 out of 5 stars Out of sync, 6 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Titfield Thunderbolt - 60th Anniversary Collector's Edition [1953] [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Great fan of Ealing Comadies especally Titfield Thunderbolt. So was very much looking forward to this digitally remastered 60th edition of the film.

The extras like where and how it was made were interesting.

But, sync between video and audio has been lost somewhere in the digital remastering. This means in many scenes actors speech does not match movement of the mouth for example. I found this very irritating.

The video and audio remastering taken sepratly are excellent. But putting the two together the end result is lousy. I enjoy watching the un-remastered old DVD version far more.

Think carefully before buying this version - I would get the old DVD and let your player "upscale" for a far more enjoyable evening.
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Initial post: 14 Feb 2013 03:01:17 GMT
I. E. THOMAS says:
You can not be serious ! The old DVD was of absolutely awful picture quality and is only fit for use as a coaster now that the superbly restored Blu-ray is available. I have absolutely no problems with sound sync - maybe your player needs an upgrade ?

Posted on 14 Feb 2013 18:39:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Feb 2013 18:44:45 GMT
Roger Clark says:
Joe ... If you look carefully you'll see the lack of sync occurs during the outdoor scenes, not indoors. What seems to have happened is this. Dialogue would have been recorded when outdoor scenes were filmed, but this was only a guide track. Recording speech out of doors was difficult - wind noise, extraneous noises in the background and matching the level of background noise and effects when cutting from one actor to another.

How to solve these problems? The film-makers redubbed the dialogue back at the studio and added sound effects. Some actors were better at synchronizing their speech on the screen than others! The acoustics also sound a little strange in some scenes - not quite convincing. Again a result of the dubbing in a studio rather than recording on site.

When it came to interior shots there were few difficulties recording the sound.

So the fault lies with the original film, not the new dubbing!
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