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1.0 out of 5 stars My copy is in black and white, 11 Mar 2013
This review is from: CITY OF WOMEN [LA CITTÀ DELLE DONNE / LA CITÉ DES FEMMES] (Masters of Cinema) (DVD) [1980] (DVD)
I put the dvd in the player in eager anticipation only to find that it played in black and white. I thought that I was watching an extension of 81/2. Confused, I put the other disc in with all the documentaries only to find that they too were in black and white. The next day I rang the supplier thinking that they would have been inundated with complaints from other customers. Not so. It was suggested that I tried another system for playback and so I put in on the computer and, sure enough, it played in colour.

Apparently technology has caught up with me. I still use Sony Trinitron tube tv's. I simply prefer the picture to newer LCD and LED televisions. Even the kiddies who work at the Sony Centre sympathise with my preference and have told me that I will not get as good a picture with the modern televisions as I do with my older ones.

This sort of problem sometimes occurs when you try and play a region 1 dvd on a region 2 player but this film clearly states on the back that it is region 2. I have never had this problem in the past. I even dug out a Masters of Cinema copy of Rocco and his Brothers and played the bonus disc for the first time thinking that it might have the same problem and that I hadn't noticed it on the main film as it is in black and white anyway. The bonus disc of documentaries played in colour and so it is not that there is simply a problem with the manufacturer.

What can I do other than return the film. It simply refuses to play in colour on what I consider to be a ' normal ' tv. If anyone has any suggestions other than the obvious, i.e. ditching my beloved tubes and finally buying a non-lateral movement flat screen television, I would be most grateful.

I was really looking forward to seeing this film and am left worrying that this will happen again with another title.
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Initial post: 20 Mar 2013 23:13:21 GMT
Okay, so it's not very helpful as a review. I simply wondered as to whether anyone had any ideas as to why it won't play in colour.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 13:42:17 BDT
Charlie says:
I think it's obvious the rating should reflect your feedback of the film and NOT of the technical issues with some obsolete viewing technology.

Posted on 7 Dec 2013 01:24:11 GMT
J. Johnson says:
Don't know if you got to the bottom of this but the issue may be that the disc, although region 2, is NTSC and your TV can only play PAL?
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