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Not Very Good,
This review is from: Moon & Sixpence [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This review is of the DVD distributed by VCI Entertainment.
There are 2 versions of the film on this DVD - the original, as it was shown in movie theatres, and a version entirely in black & white. I only watched the original cinema version. This version is in normal black & white for the scenes in London and Paris, then for the scenes in Tahiti the black & white film has been dyed orange, so you are watching a black & orange image. It's hard to tell, but during the scene where the painter's art is shown, it looks like it was photographed with film that recorded colours other than orange - such as blue, so you are watching a black and orange and blue film. I guess the filmmakers couldn't afford to shoot the Tahiti scenes in Technicolor. This original cinema version on the DVD is in not too bad a condition, although the contrast is far too high so that the lighter parts of the image, in some cases, the faces of the actors, are almost totally lost in a white glare. The sound quality is pretty good.
As for the movie - it's pretty bad. The acting is terrible. The script is absurd. The dialogue is laughable. Most of the film is shot silent, then has one of the character's voices narrating it. This was a disappointment to me. George Sanders and Herbert Marshall are two of my favourite actors.