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1.0 out of 5 stars hardcoded subtitles., 3 May 2011
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This review is from: Lola Montes: The Restored Edition [1955] [DVD] (DVD)
I bought "Lola Montes: The Restored Edition [1955] [DVD]" The English subtitles are hardcoded onto the movie and also over the lower black border. These are not regular DVD subtitles (vobsub). You cannot switch them off. This is an incredibly stupid and annoying thing to do, especially on what is claimed to be a "Restored Edition", so the restoration is also something of a careless mutilation. Aside from that the picture and sound quality is quite good. The term "restored" in this case refers to lost footage which was found and reincorporated (it had been cut by the studio/distributor against the director's wishes). Don't expect the kind of flawless picture you get on some other films where "restored" refers to restoring the image and/or sound quality, as in recent restorations of North by North West, The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus etc. or you'll be sorely disappointed.

edit: I just saw some of the Criterion Collection edition of this movie. The subtitles on the Criterion edition are not hard coded. The picture is flawless. The sound is superb. It makes me realise just how *incredibly* poor this supposedly restored DVD actually is. What a rip off. Lousy print, lousy sound, stupid clumsy subtitling ruining the movie. If I could give it 0 stars I would. I've bought some really terrible DVDs of classic movies, a lot of OK or unobjectionable ones and a few that are genuinely restored to a high standard, well presented and technically excellent. This one is a genuine stinker, being so bad that it ruins the experience of simply watching and enjoying the film.
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Initial post: 30 Nov 2011 21:07:53 GMT
Thank you for pointing this out. You saved me from a disappointment.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2012 14:49:02 GMT
James says:
Yes, and thanks for this. My own review was based on the Criterion edition. It seems apt that that, even now, the film is not 'restored', but at least this rental copy allows a first viewing - for those for whom the film works (in whatever state - as it always has) will then, perhaps, invest in the Criterion edition. It is a film that rewards re-viewing on its own or as a commentary on Ophul's other works (which, I think, is how it achieves it strongest impact).

Posted on 30 Apr 2014 13:29:04 BDT
 says:
Thanks for the warning, saved me laying out for a turkey.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2014 09:31:39 BDT
blueskies says:
Yes, thanks again.

'Remastered' means little because without one, there is no transfer. 'Restored' regrettably implies improvement only not a guarantee of acceptable quality.

I'll certainly gladly pay the price for the Criterion version.

Posted on 24 Nov 2014 11:28:46 GMT
mr rupert says:
The Criterion edition is indeed superb, and knocks spots off this feeble effort.
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