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Old 04-14-05, 08:33 PM
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Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey - Any reviews?, Is it a good blind buy ?

Not sure if this thread belongs elsewhere. I saw this dvd in a used dvd store today and it looked interesting. It is the story of Professor Theremin, a Russian, who invented the only musical instrument that doesn't require human contact. He was later kidnapped by the KGB, invented the eavesdropping device, and disappeared from public for 50 years. Unfortunately there are no reviews that I could find on the Internet. Does anybody here have this dvd that can say whether it is a good blind buy? Thanks!
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Old 04-14-05, 09:26 PM
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It is an excellent blind buy, especially if you have an affinity for the subject matter--which you seem to have, since you took the time to ask about it. The story is too unbelievable to be real, yet it is. Here's Roger Ebert's 3 1/2-star review that says the same thing:

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Saw this on satellite a while back and taped it. Very interesting, especially if you like the musical instrument named after the good professor.

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Old 04-15-05, 07:50 AM
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Great Blind Buy, one of the best documentaries I've ever seen.
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I second that. Fascinating.
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Old 04-15-05, 06:19 PM
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It is a fabulous and intriguing film (I own the DVD). I would warn you, though, that the DVD is released in 1:33 ratio. I'm having trouble determining whether that ratio is the OAR or if the release has been Panned and scanned (or open-matte). Since this title was released theatrically, it would appear that its OAR should be 1.85:1.

Anyone know for sure if this DVD is in its proper OAR?

Other than this "problem" I wholeheartedly recommend this to all!
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Old 04-18-05, 11:24 AM
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I rented the VHS several years ago. It's also on my list of favorite documentaries. I have never seen the DVD, though.
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