Mark of Zorro - disappointing transfer

Discussion in 'DVD Video' started by Mr. Mike, Oct 9, 2003.

  1. Mr. Mike

    Mr. Mike Guest

    Just wondering if anyone else is disappointed in the transfer of The Mark of
    Zorro.

    There seems to be a lot of flickering (due to compression artifacts?) -- for
    example, in the grill at the back of the room from 3:31-3:37 and in the
    decorations on the soldiers' chests from 4:34-4:43...

    Fox didn't seem to have the same problems with The Song of Bernadette, another
    B&W movie which is almost 60% longer than this one.
     
    Mr. Mike, Oct 9, 2003
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  2. Mr. Mike

    Scot Gardner Guest

    "Mr. Mike" <> wrote in message
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    <<Just wondering if anyone else is disappointed in the transfer of The
    Mark of Zorro.>>

    <<There seems to be a lot of flickering (due to compression
    artifacts?) -- for example, in the grill at the back of the room from
    3:31-3:37 and in the decorations on the soldiers' chests from
    4:34-4:43...>>

    <<Fox didn't seem to have the same problems with The Song of Bernadette,
    another B&W movie which is almost 60% longer than this one.>>


    I watched my Netflix copy of this title last night and noticed all of
    the problems that you have mentioned.

    The Tyrone Power documentary was nearly as interesting as the movie.
     
    Scot Gardner, Oct 9, 2003
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  3. Mr. Mike

    Mr. Mike Guest

    From review just posted at Amazon:

    TRANSFER: Just awful! Though the original elements were in pretty bad
    shape, Fox has managed to restore much of the luster of the original
    camera negative. There are age related artifacts, but the real problem
    here is the edge enhancement and aliasing and shimmering of fine
    details that are present in EVERY SINGLE FRAME of this disc! The audio
    is remastered in stereo and nicely presented for its age.

    (Interestingly, the subject line on this review is "A BEAUTIFUL
    TRANSFER FROM FOX"! It ends with "BOTTOM LINE: A thrilling story and
    wonderful performances ruined by a shoddy transfer. NO to "The Mark of
    Zorro". ")
     
    Mr. Mike, Oct 9, 2003
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