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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film - Awful Sound, 7 Mar. 2010
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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.
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Initial post: 27 Apr 2010, 01:41:40 BST
Dave Hartley says:
A most accurate review. A wonderful film, completely ruined by the sound quality; at times it sounded as though under water! Well done, Amuso, for highlighting this and pointing people in the right direction. I've been avoiding Studio Canal DVDs for some time and will continue to do so.

Posted on 10 May 2010, 18:59:18 BST
stonehenge says:
Thank you for pointing out this defect to me. I was about to purchase this dvd to replace my old video copy, but was curious as to why someone as yourself would give a classic film such a low star rating. Now i know!

Posted on 18 Jan 2011, 03:48:29 GMT
It can't be any worse than my copy - a DVD transfer from VHS, recorded off the TV. Luxury, I say. I've put my order in. It's a film that you something new from every time you watch it.

Posted on 8 Feb 2014, 21:30:37 GMT
Linda Brown says:
well do I buy or not buy - that is the question

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2014, 21:45:23 GMT
BernardM says:
Definitely. My BluRay edition is great. Not a problem with the sound -- it's as good as any 1950s optical mono sound. Just don't expect hifi and 5.1 surround sound.

Posted on 15 Jan 2016, 18:03:09 GMT
This review should not be posted here since, obviously, it is not critiquing the blu-ray edition. The review is accurate when describing the DVD releases (except for the Criterion issue).

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2017, 01:01:15 BST
Mr. Coffman,as I'm sure you're now aware,it is Amazon that lumps ALL various formats together not the reviewers. Pure laziness on their part.
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