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5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece of cinema, 26 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Don Quixote [DVD] (DVD)
After reading "too many books" about chivalry, Alonso Quijano decides to change his name to Don Quixote and personally rekindle chivalry in the world. This middle-aged man images the world to be much more colourful and romantic than it actually is, giving much amusement to all of those that observe him. For Don Quixote, an inn is a castle; wine jugs are perceived as small ogres and a windmill is a grand monster. Don Quixote doesn't save the world all by himself as he recruits a peasant in his village named Sancho Panza to be his quire by wooing him with eloquent words about bravery and adventure. Don Quixote and his squire are out to be the heroes of their day, however this role isn't an easy one as so many people (including Don Quixote's own family) not only stand in their way, but also actively discourage them from going out to help others.

Despite his best efforts to do well and make the world a better place his actions rarely result in anything improving, and more often than not, backfire. Although Don Quixote has good intentions, the moral of the story that he forever seems to fail to grasp is "no good deed goes unpunished." Don Quixote intends to help people everywhere he travels, but those that meet him find his ways archaic and laughable. Despite being defeated at nearly every turn, the passion that drives Don Quixote does not diminish in the least.

Don Quixote has something magical about it. Just as the novel this movie is based on is considered a masterpiece of literature, I would even go so far as to say this film is a masterpiece of cinema. It creates the feeling of 17th century Spain to the extent that one completely forgets that this is a Russian film.
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Initial post: 1 Oct 2012 08:10:31 BDT
C. GAYNOR says:
how is the visual quality of this edition.....?????.....i own a russico edition that looks like it needs a blood transfusion.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2012 13:10:15 BDT
I think it looks really good. The screen is cropped smaller on the sides than my widescreen, so I used the zoom option to make the whole picture bigger. Even while zoomed in, it still looks good. I am no expert on how clear a picture can be, but I can only say the quality of the print will not be a distraction.
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