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This review is from: Citizen Kane [Blu-ray]  (Blu-ray)
Whatever you do, DO NOT BUY THE UK VERSION.
I was very pleased to receive the remastered version until I watched it. Quite possibly the worst remastering attempt ever. In the restoration documentary someone refers to the fact that it would be too time consuming to clean up every frame of the film. On one level I can see his point, however when you're dealing with a film of this importance, I think it deserves that level of respect. The print is dirty & has scratches throughout. The grade is awful.
In complete contrast (pun intended), the US release is a dream. The print is great, as is the grade. Someone clearly has spent time on every frame.
I am returning my UK version to the production company, not the retailer, to ask for a full explanation of why they bothered to release this absolute mess.
The US version may be more expensive but you'd be better off burning the money you'd waste on the UK release......and that is exactly what they should do with their masters of this rubbish. Orson Welles would be disgusted.
Great film though!
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Initial post: 22 Feb 2013 12:53:38 GMT
Robert Coogan says:
They say it would be too time consuming to clean every frame.
Yet that is exactly what was done with all the Bond films for Blu Ray.
Thanks to reviews like yours I have bought the restored USA version and am more than happy with it.
Posted on 31 May 2013 10:36:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jun 2013 12:16:51 BDT
A. Holliday says:
Did you ever get an explanation?
As for the frame clean ups, it was done for, among many others, Metropolis (1926). I would imagine CK has a bigger audience.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2013 10:50:50 BDT
Way to go. I'm losing my Universal version and have ordered the Warner from the US.
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