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1.0 out of 5 stars "Detour" the Cockroach Edition, 12 Feb. 2009
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This review is from: Detour [1945] [DVD] (DVD)
This DVD edition was done by cokroaches I suspect. The digital
transfer has a quality much lower than the multitude of illegal
copies that you can download using BitTorrent.

Editions like this make the pirate bay look like editors of the
Criterion Collection. Let me just enumerate some items to ponder upon:

1. Frame rate is somewhere in the vicinity of the silent movie era
frame rate, probably around 18/20 fps.

2. Interlacing problems. Is seems to have been bootlegged from a 720i
digital tv feed.

3. Video-audio synch problems.

4. No menus.

5. No extra features.

6. In Linux mplayer refused to read the DVD. Only VLC or xine will
take it.

Thing like this happen when the people selling the rights do not have
the authors best interest in mind. They're just after a quick
buck. Let those who come after worry. Not even the rights holders
best interests are served. They gave permission for this company of
cockroach DVD editors to botch up a great film. Originally the film
was done on the cheap by a poverty row studio. That doesn't mean that
it must have an underdog DVD edition like the present.

It's a great film. A true classic. Get it in a decent edition.

Stay away from this cockroach edition by the "Pickwick Group" &
"Elstree Hill Entertaiment".

I surely will avoid any of their other offerings. I do have great
respect for cockroaches, the insects. They have their place in the
gene pool. But companies like the "Pickwick Group" &
"Elstree Hill Entertaiment" have no place in the free market. If this
DVD edition isn't a scam, then surely I will need to revise my notion
of it.

I hope Amazon give them the boot. They're costing them money. I just
printed my return label. It's a returner.
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Initial post: 11 Dec 2013 14:21:15 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Dec 2013 14:22:05 GMT
Zaroff says:
Elstree Entertainment, synonym: god-awful, careless, tacky, appalling irreverence, lowest quality standard possible by any living mammal, fast-buck merchants, fly-by-nights, make Dwain Esper look like Mother Theresa, badder than bad men doing bad things in a bad place...etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2014 17:29:34 GMT
JD Gilchrist says:
Yeah, I bought a few of their terrible e;eases whenm I was on a kick to see as many works shot by master cinematographer John Alton as I could lay hands on...they did his work the most appalling disservice imaginable.The films looked like they were standards converted and 'mastered' from from NTSC VHSs.

Your comments are a tad hyperbolic Zaroff (they are after all not committing crimes against humanity, just against art), but they are complete twats to release classic work that looks this terrible.
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