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Review wanted please : Kurosawa's Ran

Old 01-03-00, 07:43 AM
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I know Fox Lorber disc arent reputed to be of any quality but I was wondering if any one has seen this one and how this disc looks and sounds? Is it any good or should I spend my bucks on something else?

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Old 01-03-00, 03:58 PM
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> Is it any good or should I spend my bucks on something else?

i don't have the DVD with me so the following notes are from memory.

the video transfer itself looked fine, but the film's original 2.35:1 scope is here letterboxed to 1.85:1 (non-anamorphic). the image is also raised for video generated (but non-removable) subtitles in the bottom matted area. Fox Lorber appeared to have been over-ambitious with the choice of a serif font, and it anti-aliases poorly to the 4-level opacity available for DVD subtitles. the result sometimes flickers and just plain looks bad.

the Dolby 2.0 soundtrack is natural and otherwise unremarkable.

in all, the premium retail price ($35 MSRP) for this DVD is of dubious merit. it bears an interesting amalgamation of compromises and hacks that nonetheless remains watchable, rentable, and just maybe keepable.
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I never saw the vhs version, but the video quality on the dvd looked awful to me.
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It wasn't by any means the worst looking transfer I've seen, but it definitely could have been better. Especially for a film with breathtaking photography.

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