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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film, but make sure you buy the right one!, 20 Aug 2010
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This review is from: Tesis [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
The film is an exciting film of the type where someone almost by accident gets involved in detecting a crime ring. This time the ring involves someone who is making snuff movies (Films of real people being tortured and killed).

The twists in the plot as the protagonist, Angela (Ana Torrent), tries to find out who is behind the filming of a videocassette that she comes upon are as good as any film of this genre. Only at the end are you really sure who is on the side of right, and who is a villain.

There are a few scenes of violence (mainly near the beginning, though these are "film within film of the victims being beaten") but most of the brutality is off camera as we watch the protagonist's reactions. There is far less gratuitous blood and gore than in most war or horror movies, and nor does the film rely on the depressing fatalistic psychology of films such as Abre los Ojos.

Unfortunately, the UK release by Tartan (Tesis [DVD] [1996]): if you have a wide screen TV, the transfer is produced as a 4:3 letterbox (which looks rather strange on the 16:9 television. - I can "16:9" zoom it on the television, but the quality is lower than upscaling on the DVD. It also only appears to have a Dolby 2.0 soundtrack rather than the original's 5.1. On the plus side, this disk has optional English subtitles - given the good diction of the actors, it is nice to be able to switch them off.

If you want a proper 16:9 print with Dolby 5.1 (also with optional English subtitles), and quality matters to you, I'd recommend the Spanish release of Tesis.

The good one which has "Edición Especial Coleccionistas" written on the top of the image, I'd give *****.
The poor one has "Spain Tartan DVD" written on the top of the image, I can only give ***.
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