Don't Look Now [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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DON'T LOOK NOW is a masterpiece and this Blu-Ray provides a definite, welcome upgrade from any DVD edition you might own. Now, could someone do a special edition of Roeg's weird, sexy and stylish EUREKA?
I'm referring below to the Blu Ray version of this film which was released by Studio Canal on July 4 2011 and I'm writing this for the benefit of those who might be worried that this version might still contain the audio problem referred to by others.
This version of the film has been digitally restored under the supervision and with the approval of the Director Nic Roeg. I can assure those interested that the audio quality of this version is fine, given that it was recorded in mono, and is presented here in mono. There is no hiss or any other sound problem with the audio track and my system is a reasonably sophisticated one. The TV is a 60" Pioneer KRP 600A, the AV amp is a Denon AVR 2809, the Blu Ray disc player is a Denon DVD 2500BT and the speakers are B&W 684s at the front and B&W 686s at the rear. I can assure you that if this problem was still there this set up would pick it up.
A couple, bereaved after their daughter's death, stay awhile in wintry Venice. Two elderly sisters claim to be in contact with the dead girl, but are they telling the truth, or are they con artists? Add to this a series of strange events and a murderer terrorising the city...
This could have been (and indeed sounds like) a cheap horror flick. The reason "Don't Look Now" is a classic (an overused word, but true in this case) is that we care about the Baxters. Sutherland and Christie are thoroughly believable, especially when they have lines about the occult that could easily be corny. The same is true of Roeg's direction - instead of cheese we get a real sensation of doom. Rather than picture-postcard Venice we have rats, crumbling buildings and a bleakly-coloured maze full of confusion.
We are also left wondering about the supporting cast (even at the end we are not sure of everyone's good character). The two dotty old sisters. The shifty priest. The hotel manager. Even the police detective seems a little suspicious. Visual motifs recur - a child's ball, the red of the dead girl's coat - are they hints from the dead girl to her parents?
Of course the film is famous for its sex scene, and it is justly celebrated.Read more ›
And that's about it. Not much of a premise. And not a lot of plot. But plenty of mood. This may be based on a Daphne Du Maurier story, it may feature two of the finest leads in seventies cinema, but essentially the film is carried by Roeg's otherworldly direction - all distorted lenses, bizarre cross-cutting and non-linear timescales. Roeg's genius, as previously declared in Performance and Walkabout, is his ability to position his films not merely from the point of view of his protagonists, but to place the camera firmly inside their minds. Time, continuity of events, even mere sounds and images become abstractions, all mixed-up through Roeg's wholly unique use of montage.Read more ›
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I saw this film, at the cinema, on its release year of 1973. At the time, I was suitably impressed... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rod Blocksidge
The finale has stayed with me since viewing the cinema release in 1973. Twenty years later, while watching the gondolas and boats parade from a bridge at Venice festival, a red... Read morePublished 2 months ago by lavori domestici
A goody but an oldie. The whole time watching this you are on the edge of your seat. The atmospere of the film is electric. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Helen russell
this is a masterpiece but it has a total of 3.5 stars.......something got on someone's ..iffy...at best..nerves...and offended I'm betting they were!!!!....errrpppp!Published 3 months ago by David Stevenson