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This review is from: Dead Of Night [DVD] (DVD)
As mentioned before this truly is a British Classic and it is great that it has been made available on DVD. The film shows just what can be accomplished with minimal special effects and budget yet still come across as totally captivating and in some parts downright nerve tingling.
Where this DVD suffers tho is in its presentation which is shoddy and shows a total lack of care, appreciation and understanding of the product.
The transfer is from the original VHS release from over 10 years ago now and it has in no way been properly remastered or restored. As to be expected the image is softer than you expect for new transfers and there are many blemishes and frame splices and cuts from the old print. These can be forgivable however the sound is atrocious. Wooly, muffly, distorted and heavily dampened down to eliminate the inherent hiss of the RCA original this audio really lets the film down.
I will say tho that it is slightly better than the even worse print that Channel 4 has shown in the past!
A great pity.
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Initial post: 6 Nov 2009 22:27:28 GMT
A. J. W. Daglish says:
I know this is a great film, but I agree that it's pointless and unfair to the film to release it on DVD without remastering it. An opportunity wasted! I'll just hope a decent version breaks surface some day.
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