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Old 05-15-02, 05:21 PM
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W.C. Fields shorts - Criterion vs. Madacy vs. Platinum?

I know some of you are probably saying "Criterion vs. Madacy? Are you nuts?" However, I did a search in the forum that said that even Criterion's W.C. Fields - 6 Short Films has pretty bad audio and video quality, partly because of original film deterioration but partly because of a bad transfer. Madacy has their own DVD 2-pack with these same 6 shorts, and Platinum has a 3 short DVD out.

That being said, and knowing that Madacy and Platinum are known for low quality DVDs in their own right, this is my question: Is there any real difference between these versions in terms of audio/video quality? Was the earlier review wrong? Thanks in advance.
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I have the Criterion and a friend has one of the others, I don't remember which. But I remember thinking it would have to look really bad so it must have been Madacy. I was going to show her the superiority of the Criterion.

So I checked out her version on a notebook computer and was surprised that with a cursory viewing the "Brand X" version looked about as good as the Criterion. I didn't check it really critically, but it sure looked about the same to me.
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Thanks for posting this-- I've been wondering, too. I saw 3 of these shorts on TV a few years ago and the print looked pretty bad, to the point that I didn't think there would be much difference on the Criterion. They can only do so much with what they have to work with.
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According to the DVDTalk review the Criterion transfer blows away the Madacy transfer, but I haven't seen either.
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Go with Criterion and stay away from Madacy.

Madacy =

VHS is better than Madacy

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