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Old 06-21-01, 03:54 PM
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I did a search for "cries", but surprisingly nothing came up. So any thoughts on this disc one way or the other. Thanks...
Old 06-28-01, 10:48 AM
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The movie itself is outstanding, one of the Bergman's best. However, presentation by Criterion is not that good. While sporting a nice anamorphic transfer, for some reason Criterion made the transfer from a REVERSAL interpositive (same as slide film) which severely limited details in shadows and significantly increased contrast of the image. Otherwise, a very good addition to anybody's collection. Includes one of the best interviews with Bergman I've ever seen.

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It's also got a cigarette burn / reel change over a solid red background. I'm a bit surprised it didn't get fixed digitally.
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There also seems to be a subtle, but still distracting, flickering at various points. Did anyone else notice this or do I need a new TV?

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Originally posted by Sanjuro68.5
There also seems to be a subtle, but still distracting, flickering at various points. Did anyone else notice this or do I need a new TV?

As far as I could tell, the flickering was only happening just before those white-out scene transitions, so I think it must be intentional, sort of a "build up" to the effect, perhaps. I agree with Sem, though, that the picture quality isn't QUITE as perfect as you'd expect from Criterion. And yeah, it's a fascinating interview, even though I might have preferred the questioning to be a bit more about filmmaking than his love life.

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