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Film noir masterpiece in rather bad transfer,
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This review is from: Big Combo [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The Rough Guide to Film Noir rates this as one of the top-10 movies and I can only agree. But unfortunately the transfer is rather bad, sometimes as if taken by a worn out videotape, the soundtrack with weird noises. I've seen worse transfers (e.g. some of the Hitchcock releases) but still it's not good.
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Initial post: 9 Apr 2012 18:59:12 BDT
Which version are you reviewing? There are several DVDs from different suppliers.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2012 19:48:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Apr 2012 19:48:49 BDT
He is reviewing the Alpha Video release which is horrible. I have all three versions on DVD, The Geneon release has a very good transfer.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 01:03:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Dec 2012 01:33:19 GMT
Tha Fsta says:
What about the 2012 Cornerstone UK release?
By the way, a customer review on amazon. com recommends the Image DVD:
"The Big Combo is in the public domain, and there are several versions available on DVD, so buyer beware. I recommend the one by Image Entertainment. Although the print used in their version has scratches in several scenes, it still has the best picture quality of all the PD DVDs out there. (Avoid the ones by Geneon Entertainment and Alpha Video. The Geneon version is interlaced, too.) Even so, the Image disc is a bare bones affair, with no extras. Maybe one day someone will do a proper restoration of the film and include an audio commentary by a film historian, but until then the Image DVD will have to do."
It would be interesting to hear what the new UK DVD mentioned above is like.
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