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Beware the 75th Anniversary!
on 23 November 2017
Undoubtedly a big improvement on my Special Edition 2 disc dvd picture quality which on ten foot projection screen was fuzzy enough for me to stop watching after about an hour and decide to get the latest blu ray version. But it is not a perfect print, film grain is apparent and not as good as Casablanca 4K restoration blu ray.
Given that I paid a total of £10.37 including postage from dodax-online-uk I actually thought I’d ordered the bog standard blu ray disc. So I was very pleasantly surprised when the well packaged cardboard envelope revealed the near 3cm thick top-of-the-range 75th Anniversary box-set. An interesting hardbound book, assorting poster cards and HD Copy number valid until end December 2019.
My only problem with the box set is the back of the disc sleeve has the movie details of personnel but also details of ‘The Battle Over Citizen Kane’ and 'RKO 281' including Executive Producers Ridley and Tony Scott. No such films exists on the blu ray disc Extras. Only one disc in this box-set which, incidentally, is taller than a DVD box-set at 19.5 cm high.
But back at the movie, it opens with a sign I can now clearly read ‘Bengal Tigers’ part of the 3 minute opening of eerie obsolescence. With that previously invisible sign I knew I had a much improved version and indeed other details were also far more readily apparent throughout the movie. Like The Third Man blu ray box-set it has been brightened-up on dark parts. The Dickensian story is both bleak (his Mother’s face) and bright (like a child with the toy of a Newspaper).
Indeed everything is over the top. Never has Theatre and Hollywood been so welded together. Extremes of money bringing a hollow character set. A desperate Charles Kane. He never learns of people except in terms of money. His one life changing scene is when a woman offers unprompted kindness. She did not know him. His response inappropriate. Over the top. Love on his own terms.
The politics of then and now are fascinating and not easy to penetrate. He is rich but ‘the fighting liberal’ for the working man. Now the lowest on the social rung are being trodden upon. Soup kitchens are now Food banks. The winds of change blowing from China and that truly daunting level of National UK debt. Blame the poor, tax cuts for the rest. Shame on Hamilton and a Government determined to re-create struggle and strife. The end of any vestige of social security. Xanadu in their minds. Steady decline for the rest.