3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3 stars 'cause I am confused...,
This review is from: The Barbarian And The Geisha [DVD] (DVD)
This is certainly not a movie that merits more than 3 stars, considering what movie John Huston was able to dish up.
You can forget John Wayne and Sam Jaffe in this and concentrate on the true acting of their Japanese colleagues, who all deliver excellent performances.
Poor sods, having to face with a "Cowboy" and a "Troll".
If the depictions of the U.S. diplomatic envoyees are truly close to those that this movie attempts to protray, then it would have taken a miracle for Japan to open up as it finally did later on.
Anyway, the movie is nevertheless highly entertaining, at least for the introduction (for us, that is) of Japanese customs and habits of the time and very spectacular in its panoramic vistas of the Japanese Empire of the nineteenth century.
Now, the only thing that really bugs (bothers) me, is the fact that Amazon.co.uk doesn't seem to have any interest in accurately describe the item at hand with accuracy or the necessary detail we all expect.
For instance, the movie length is described as being 100 minutes, when everybody knows that the original movie ran at 108 minutes.
Unless the DVD is missing scenes or the movie tranferred is an edited version, why should anybody be compelled to buy it?
Also the system notification appears to be PAL-Black & White. OK for PAL, but BLACK & WHITE?
The original movie was shot in Color, hence the beautiful images of Japan.
Why is it all of a sudden in Black & White?
Another thing, and this one I really hate.
There is no specification of screen format (as usual).
What is it? 1.33:1? Then it is a Pan & Scan movie and I don't buy a P&S on DVD, especially when a movie like this one, has an original screen ratio of 2.35:1 Anamorphic image which could have been adapted for 16:9 TV Screens.
If it is show in its original Anamorphic Format, why not specify it on these pages?
Is it a shameful deed to do so?
Does it take so much extra work to do so?
We deserve a bit more attention to detail, at least as much as our U.S. customer counterparts, who on the Amazon.com pages, all receive a full description of the product, and not just a lazy and unwilling (not to mention disgraceful) brief and inaccurate
Sloppy, truly sloppy.
I would suggest you guys at Amazon.co.uk, take the extra time and read the backcover of the DVD and transfer such informations
on your website, if you're really interested in making a sale.
It's all part of good customer service and care, a thing Europe still has to improve in considerably.