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1.0 out of 5 stars Fine film destroyed by dreadful sound (network edition), 22 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: The Importance Of Being Earnest [DVD] [1952] (DVD)
Having now tested 4 copies (2011-2012) of this network edition of the 1952 film, one direct from amazon.co.uk and three others (one a replacement copy) from amazon marketplace sellers, I can only warn others not to waste their money on it.
I bought the DVDs for friends learning English and only discovered how bad the sound was when I had one sent direct to myself. I have since sent all four copies back. One friend assumed the problem was her insufficient knowledge of English. Far from it!
I seriously question whether those giving this network edition 5-star reviews (sometimes merely recounting the story or praising the cast, etc.) have ever even watched it!
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Initial post: 30 Aug 2014 16:27:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Aug 2014 16:29:31 BDT
It's Network who are to blame. They have ruined the sound on all their reissues of the Edgar Wallace TV films too by trying to "restore" the audio using cheap software that cuts out ALL sound at the same frequency as the offending crackles and pops. I have complained to them on numerous occasions about this, only to be stonewalled with the response "the quality reflects the limitations of the original source material". This is utter nonsense - companies like Renown Pictures know how to remaster audio on source material of a similar age, if not earlier, and in much poorer condition. Network are LYING when they the poor sound has nothing to do with any audio processing they have - or haven't - carried out. It's the PRECISELY the fault of their cheap, poor quality efforts to get rid of crackles on the original audio tracks that have resulted in shoddy sound on practically EVERY vintage Network release. E-MAIL NETWORK AND COMPLAIN ABOUT IT! AND AVOID NETWORK DVDs LIKE THE PLAGUE!
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