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Return of the Pan-and-Scan (or: How It Never Really Vanished In the First Place)
on 8 October 2013
This DVD is the worst. The widescreen image is chopped to 4:3--unthinkable with Chaplin's beautifully precise framing!--so despite A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG being sort of the crystallisation of a certain classical sensibility that died with it (or, rather, whose death its disastrous reception made tangible), I'd encourage people to seek it out in its original state, however difficult that may be, rather than settle for this mutilated copy.