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1.0 out of 5 stars Good film, bad DVD, 8 Jan. 2009
This review is from: Heat And Dust [DVD] (DVD)
After all, what can you expect from a DVD company that can't even spell the name of the lead actress correctly? This DVD is NOT DIGITALLY REMASTERED which means the picture is fuzzy and out of focus like TV used to be in the 1980s. Unacceptable in 2008 (!) when Channel 4 released this DVD. Shame on them.

However, the film is also available as a part of "The Merchant Ivory Collection" and that DVD IS remastered and looks just fine. By all means go with that one.
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Initial post: 13 Feb 2009 17:41:28 GMT
J. E. Holmes says:
Any info on the film itself ?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2009 14:23:06 GMT
A gentle farce that spares nobody, 23 Aug 2005
If "A Passage to India" was the tragic version of the story, here is the corresponding farce. India at the dusk of British rule, between the World Wars; a young English woman, an Indian man, sex, scandal - but in Ruth Prawer Jhabavala's novel and the subsequent film (which she also wrote), the Indian guy is not an ingenuous, if naive, little doctor but a dubious, if charming, prince who runs a mafia-style organized-crime gang. Nobody is safe from Jhabvala's gently ironic perspective; nobody is a saint and nobody is a victim. The prince's chain-smoking mother is one jewel of a supporting role. For anyone who liked "A Passage to India" but found it too moraline-drenched, this is a truly funny and highly amusing version of the story.
This is my review, posted earlier under a different name. I still love the film! (The book was, strangely, a let-down)

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2009 08:59:34 BDT
It's not always the best books that make the best movies..

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2010 22:12:25 GMT
Jaynie says:
Do you actually like anything?? After reading all of your reports, you criticise them all!! I suggest you save your money and just watch things on telly!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2010 15:07:50 GMT
christine says:
What about subtitles?

Posted on 19 Oct 2011 22:42:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Oct 2011 22:43:00 BDT
Borborygmus says:
You really need to learn your video terminology. You are confusing remastering with restoration. The term "digitally remastered" means only that an analog film has been converted to a digital format, so that it can be put on a DVD. Digital remastering by itself will not improve the quality of a film and it does not mean that any restoration has been done.

Any analog film has to be digitally remastered in order to be put on DVD. A digital remaster of a poor analog source will result in a poor DVD.

This is a common misunderstanding that the film studios unfortunately encourage by their flagrant use of the word "remastering", implying that it means something that it doesn't.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2012 08:45:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Sep 2012 08:49:12 BDT
blueskies says:
Thank you so much for clarifying this. Specious claims by some distributors indeed and should be discouraged; after all it's a 'sine qua non' (need to do this [digitising] first, 'without which - nothing').
Thing is - is the Collection a restoration if its quality is significantly better than the single DVD?
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