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ClayKing wrote:Curious - Amazon lists the disc as blu-ray at that price, while the Flicker Alley link doesn't mention it. $39.95 msrp would seem mighty steep for a standard def disc.
sc1957 wrote:One problem that Flicker Alley has acknowledged is that they left the Melies narration off the Blu-ray disc (apparently the DVD has it). They say the problem will be corrected in the future, but they're still selling the current pressing, so buyer beware if that Blu-ray narration is important to you. No word yet on a replacement disc program..
fwtep wrote:I received my copy and I have to say, it's one of the nicest packages I've ever seen for a DVD or Blu-ray. The case is great, beautiful artwork and a good solid feel, the art on the discs is great, and the booklet is nicely done. Really, it blows away virtually all, if not actually all, of the special editions from much bigger studios.
The only downer is the score on the color version. To me it's awful; probably the worst accompaniment of any official silent release I've ever heard. (I'm sure it's not Flicker Alley's fault though, I'm sure it was a contractual requirement.) Whose idea was it??? Was it an attempt to make the film more palatable for younger viewers? Well, younger viewers won't watch it, much less buy it, and any that do would likely be "one of us" and would appreciate it more with an appropriate score. It's akin to thinking that colorizing Citizen Kane will make young people more likely to watch it. So the only effect it does have is to irritate its real audience.
Despite that, I'm VERY glad that Flicker Alley has made this available. And the documentary is well done and nice to have.
sc1957 wrote:Without wanting to get into an argument because I don't have a dog in this fight, I'll just say that there are people who are excited about this project BECAUSE it has a modern soundtrack by AIR. The "old favorite" composers that some people prize are just names to this newer generation.
DShepFilm wrote:The AIR score as exclusive accompaniment is a contractual requirement imposed by agreement between AIR and the Foundations that paid a huge amount of money for this project that, not withstanding the short running time of the film, is probably the most complex film restoration ever undertaken. Some people may not like the music but others do, and it came about because the Foundations polled several leading current French film directors who recommended AIR. Certainly it is a matter of taste and there is no right and wrong.
DShepFilm wrote:In contrast to Bigshot's assertion, approximately 85% of the film is reproduced from the original hand colored print; the rest is filled in from the original (and marginally sharper) b&w original print from the Melies family, and computer colored. Sharp eyes can easily detect the difference between the two. I vass dere, Bigshot wasn't.
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