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on 21 February 2013
Great to get the hi-res clarity on the Bluray of course - but a comparison with the DVD (also in this package) reveals another advantage: the DVD aspect is cropped top and bottom, probably to widen the ratio out to standard 4:3.

In fact the original aspect ratio is 1.19:1, quite close to square. This was common to early sound films, I understand, when room had to be made for the soundtrack, on the side (as projected). Best comparison is with the early images of the scorpions: the iris around the images is a complete circle on the bluray but cropped on the DVD version.

The booklet too, is slightly smaller than the earlier BFI DVD-only edition - format aside, there are fewer illustrations and the facsimile of the original L'Age D'Or program is missing. A bibliography for the key essay is also missing.

The movie material is sterling, of course, though bonus material appears only on the DVD. Robert Short's introduction is informative and worth a listen, though you should mind the commentary for L'Age D'Or: it actually abbreviates the movie - so leave it off until you've watched it at least once.

The documentary A Proposito de Bunuel also well worth while - one of the few places you'll find photo evidence of Marilyn Monroe's visit to the set of Exterminating Angel (with Jacqueline Andere's anecdote on the occasion).
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on 20 July 2015
Great surrealist film. If you're a fan of Buneul,s work as I am you,ll love this film. And in Blu ray. Wonderful.
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on 17 September 2016
I never liked it...didn't like the violence and I didn't like the bitty nature of the montage. A recognised classic (I studied it at Uni) it defies my wisdom/
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on 6 June 2011
L'age d'or is in an quality incredible. The choice of the sounds is multiple. And, personnally, i préfer the sound re work by Bunuel in the 60' showing the same music and conditions of the projection in 1932. Only a little regret... but .... Un chien andalou shoulden't be remastered at the level of l"age d'or. But, it's in hight quality and the best of the copie of today. And in blu-ray it's impressive. So, it's not really à critic. The movies, theirs souls and their identity are totaly respected by the infomatique work and not at all transformed in a new way. Very good work.
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on 23 February 2017
Everything was OK.
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on 10 October 2013
Not to everybody's taste but these two films are iconic.If you enjoy having your preconceptions turned on their heads then these films are for you.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 27 November 2011
Together with a gathering of film buffs, we watched all of Louis Bunuel's films in a week, complete with lectures and discussions. Made in 1930, it was his first feature film and, although it has a more development and coherent story and plot, it is pure surrealist and, therefore, not everyone's taste especially as it is in black-and-white, showing its age and the limitations of the equipment at the time. However, from another perspective, those are its charms too and it is essential viewing for anyone interested in film history, surrealism or Louis Bunuel.

Some remastering has been done and the soundtrack changed, e.g. Bunuel himself worked on the soundtrack in this sixties.

Keep in mind while watching it the size and unsophisticated nature of the cameras and sound equipment, the vocabulary of film-making at the time and the political, religious and social conditions just to set the film in context. That way, viewers will begin to appreciate the quality of the film and some of it will still shock, yes, even a modern audience. Having the DVD allows subsequent watchings to be performed from altered perspectives, e.g. as a film historian, a cameraman, editor and so on, all of which will heighten appreciation.
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on 26 August 2011
I am pleased that many of the more obscure, early films are being released on high quality digital transfer. For those of us who were exposed to the original celluloid projection, either in an art cinema, university or art school, it's a chance to revisit it and for those who didn't a new opportunity to see it.
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on 3 July 2015
Prompt delivery, item as described.
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on 8 March 2015
Fine
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