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Customer Review

on 7 May 2009
There are some very different reviews on this box set, and what many probably ask themselves is whether or not this set is worth purchasing. As a student, I don't have much money, so for the cheap price that amazon is selling this item it is definitely worth it. The films themselves are great, with a couple of masterpieces and some others that, while not masterpieces, are still very enjoyable and worth watching. The qualities of the prints are never terrible, and in a few cases quite good. Some of them, particularly Imitation of Life, are a bit soft, and more often than not the colours are somewhat off, which is a shame considering the fantastic cinematography in these films. These issues can be excused, but what cannot be, is the wrong aspect ratio. Magnificent Obsession and Imitation of Life both look wrong to me, and it is the closest one can come to a deal breaker on this set.

That said, though, I still feel that anyone with a limited budget should get this. You won't get all these films individually, with good quality, to such a low price, and while the visual issues might bother you, it is never bad enough to ruin the films themselves. Particularly Imitation of Life, which was substandard, I forgot about all these issues because I was drawn into the film. It is very easy to vindicate this box set for its average quality, but the bottom line is that it is very cheap, and for people like me who live on a tight budget, it is a very affordable box featuring some great classics, so it is a bit hard to criticize the box too harshly. The films themselves are, without a doubt, worth getting, and this box set gives a good look at Sirk's 50's American output. Recommended for people on a budget, or who are just curious about the work of Douglas Sirk.
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