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Ask me my favourite film and without hestitation I would respond "Munchhausen" which is supprising given my little command of the German language. But I have always believed that the visual should always out-weigh the language.
To now see this on DVD is akin to the discovery of the Holy Grail and from an unexpected source. But when one considers the rest of Eureka's catalogue one should not be too supprised.
Having seen the previous restoration (from which I believe this print is taken) on German Tv several years ago it has taken the digital age to improve on that and by some. I can also remember a much earler screening on BBC2 - a very grainy print indeed. Now we can experience what the film would have looked like in 1943 when colour film, in Germany atleast, was in it's infancy.
I cannot fault the main feature in any way. The running length at 110 mins is identical to the previously mentioned tv version and a great improvement on the German VHS release which only run for 101 mins - I can not compare the two as I binned this many years ago in disgust and this release bore the name Ufa which had little connection to the original production company.
The extras unfortunatley for me do not add much and I would believe that most people who would buy this already know the background to the film. The main extra is a spoken essay which leaves more questions than it answers. It quotes the various running lengths of the film ranging from 2hrs 30 down to 90 mins
but makes no effort to explain what is missing. For me this essay could, and should, have been in printed form as a booklet.
Too much time is wasted on the various book versions of the
But I did not buy this for the extras . The film itself and the excellent digital restoration deserve a full 5 from me.
This is one DVD which will not suffer the 'view once' fate