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1.0 out of 5 stars
"Detour" the Cockroach Edition, 12 Feb. 2009
This DVD edition was done by cokroaches I suspect. The digital
transfer has a quality much lower than the multitude of illegal
copies that you can download using BitTorrent.
Editions like this make the pirate bay look like editors of the
Criterion Collection. Let me just enumerate some items to ponder upon:
1. Frame rate is somewhere in the vicinity of the silent movie era
frame rate, probably around 18/20 fps.
2. Interlacing problems. Is seems to have been bootlegged from a 720i
digital tv feed.
3. Video-audio synch problems.
4. No menus.
5. No extra features.
6. In Linux mplayer refused to read the DVD. Only VLC or xine will
Thing like this happen when the people selling the rights do not have
the authors best interest in mind. They're just after a quick
buck. Let those who come after worry. Not even the rights holders
best interests are served. They gave permission for this company of
cockroach DVD editors to botch up a great film. Originally the film
was done on the cheap by a poverty row studio. That doesn't mean that
it must have an underdog DVD edition like the present.
It's a great film. A true classic. Get it in a decent edition.
Stay away from this cockroach edition by the "Pickwick Group" &
"Elstree Hill Entertaiment".
I surely will avoid any of their other offerings. I do have great
respect for cockroaches, the insects. They have their place in the
gene pool. But companies like the "Pickwick Group" &
"Elstree Hill Entertaiment" have no place in the free market. If this
DVD edition isn't a scam, then surely I will need to revise my notion
I hope Amazon give them the boot. They're costing them money. I just
printed my return label. It's a returner.