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This review is from: The Great War - BBC Series 6 Disc Boxset [DVD] (DVD)
I've no need to add to the superlatives. I've two points:
(1) Tremendous title music by Wilfred Josephs. His other great title music was for I, Claudius, and those two compositions alone mark him out as a first rank composer in this field. The "Great War" title music is clearly inspired by the "dark" music of Vaughan Williams (the 4th and 6th Symphonies). The "I, Claudius" title has distinct shades of Kurt Weill. But this ability to write in others' styles (entirely appropriate in each case) in no way diminishes his achievement.
(2) I remember reading that a lot of trouble had been taken to show this period footage at the correct natural speed. Since the film will have been largely shot at 16 frames per second, running it on the standard telecine machines would have produced the undesirable "under-cranked" (= sped up) look that we often associate with comedy silents. I believe this was avoided, and a natural speed was achieved, by repeating every other frame, making it the standard 24 frames per second. Before the age of digital manipulation of video, this must have involved an expensive mechanical process. Anyone got any thoughts on this?