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Buy a different dvd release of this must see movie!,
This review is from: The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg [DVD]  (DVD)
My earliest memories include listening to a badly recorded audio tape with a few tracks of this movie's soundtrack on it. I listened to that old tape over and over and over...
This movie is a wonderful, very unique and unconventional musical, and in the DVD transfer the sound quality is as important as the quality of the picture.
There are three DVD releases of Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) out at the moment. I have a copy of each. I also have the soundtrack on CD. The French version (from www.amazon.fr) of the DVD has by far the best image quality, but rather harsh (though correct pitch) sound. The US version (amazon.com) has inferior picture but has a more listenable soundtrack.
The brand new UK (Optimum) version that this review is about essentially appears to be a straightforward (crude) PAL conversion of the US NTSC release. There is no discernable difference in picture quality between the two releases, and the sound of the UK version is simply sped up, so the pitch is a semitone too high. The pitch shift is very obvious, especially if one is familiar with the original soundtrack. This is inexcusable, when it is so easy to achieve the PAL speedup (using rather basic sound processing software) without shifting pitch.
The higher pitch of this release takes away the sweetness of the female voice and the warmth of the male vocals. I would advise against purchasing this release of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
I would recommend getting either the US release which has the best sound of all three, or the French release, which has the best picture (and, despite being PAL, correct pitch sound).
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Initial post: 2 Nov 2008 04:48:53 GMT
Could I impose on you to mention the studio affiliated with the French release you recommended? There are a few on the French site. Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2011 23:30:22 BDT
A Customer says:
Yes likewise, please let know which one specifically is the French release you are recommending, among the few available!
Posted on 15 Oct 2011 18:38:28 BDT
Posted on 7 Dec 2012 00:19:39 GMT
Geeky Monkey says:
Conversion of film shot at 24 frames per second (fps) to the 25 needed for PAL is nearly always done by speeding the film up to 25 fps. This results in a slight increase in pitch. The software to bring the pitch back down again usually adds unwanted artefacts to the sound, so it is not usually done, as the result is a good deal more irritating than the slight pitch increase (unless the listener has perfect pitch).
Converting film to NTSC doesn't require speeding up, but usually results in slight motion judder ("3:2 pull down") unless an expensive standards converter is used.
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