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Great Film - Awful Sound
on 7 March 2010
I have given this product 3 stars only because although the film itself is top notch with a wonderful story brilliantly acted by a strong cast, the sound on this particular transfer is quite appalling. Studio Canal seem to have a problem with audio when they (so called) "remaster" these older films and one is left wishing that they had left well alone. There is a constant "pulsing" on the soundtrack, most evident when the background music is playing long sustained notes, which is extremely intrusive and distracting. It starts on the chimes of Big Ben at the "London Films" ident logo and continues throughout the whole film.
This is one of two recent purchases of Studio Canal DVDs (the other being "The Sound Barrier") which have this same audio defect. I have an old VHS recording of one of these films and the sound is far superior than this DVD; it being an older, non-digital version.
If you can find this film released by any other company than "Studio Canal" then go for it but as for this particular version, leave well alone. I will definitely not be buying any more DVDs made by Studio Canal.
Amazon are in no way at fault here; they delivered the product quickly and well packaged, as always. My only gripe is with Studio Canal and their very poor sound processing.