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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware - this is worst edition of this film I have seen, 5 April 2007
This review is from: Richard III [Region Free] [DVD] [1955] (DVD)
I know this version is no longer available from Amazon, but it is possible that someone might buy it from the Marketplace like myself. This is a terrible edition! Despite the description there are NO special features. The special features mentioned belong to the Criterion Edition of the film which is by far the best available. However because the aforementioned non-existent special features were mentioned I thought that this was the long awaited PAL version but I was fooled I'm afraid.

The worst aspect is the film itself though. The colours are washed out and it has obviously been copied from an nth generation cinema print (you even see the circles coming up in the corner to alert the projectionist to change the reel). The film is panned and scanned to 4:3 though it was filmed at 1:66:1, such that some of the credits and titles are lost on the left side of the screen. The soundtrack is mono and as noisy as one would expect. I did not watch enough to see how complete the cut was but I can guess that is unrestored like the first British release.

There is a new UK release which is much better than this in every way, but the best and most complete is still easily the Criterion edition.
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Initial post: 19 Aug 2008 08:08:51 BDT
Well said, Norman. This edition of Richard III is truly awful, and it is disgraceful that a highly respected organisation like Amazon can allow such a trashy product to be marketed under its umbrella. I have contacted the supplier expressing my dissatisfaction, and was informed that there was no question of a refund as the product would no longer be in its original condition i.e. shrink-wrapped - well, obviously! So much for customer service!
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