DVD Verdict reviews: THE ICEMAN INTERVIEWS, LA STRADA: CRITERION COLLECTION, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU?, THE ICEMAN
    INTERVIEWS, LA STRADA: CRITERION COLLECTION, LOCO LOVE (MI CASA, SU
    CASA), MIAMI MODELS, NASCAR WINSTON CUP 2002, THE NEW AVENGERS '76, S-CRY-
    ED -- VOL. 3: THE OTHER SIDE, and TROMADANCE FILM FESTIVAL: VOLUME 1:


    CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU? (reviewed by Patrick Naugle):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/car54.php

    THE ICEMAN INTERVIEWS (reviewed by Bill Treadway):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/icemaninterviews.php

    LA STRADA: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Mark Van Hook):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/lastrada.php

    LOCO LOVE (MI CASA, SU CASA) (reviewed by Brian Burke):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/locolove.php

    MIAMI MODELS (reviewed by Dan Mancini):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/miamimodels.php

    NASCAR WINSTON CUP 2002 (reviewed by David Johnson):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/nascarwinston2002.php

    THE NEW AVENGERS '76 (reviewed by Bill Gibron):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/avengers76.php

    S-CRY-ED -- VOL. 3: THE OTHER SIDE (reviewed by Bryan Byun):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/scryed3.php

    TROMADANCE FILM FESTIVAL: VOLUME 1 (reviewed by Patrick Naugle):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/tromadance1.php


    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    DVD Verdict, Nov 28, 2003
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  2. Re La Strada:

    The "print" used for the transfer was, I understand, the camera
    negative. Which is why this transfer is stunning. To mention an odd
    speck of dirt on the negative (and, as your "reviewer" points out it is
    only the rare frame that has it) seems rather pointless and silly and
    "reviewers" should knock it off. This film has never looked this good
    in the US, where dupe negatives were used because of the subtitles. One
    only has to look at Criterion's own laserdisc transfer of this film to
    know how amazing this DVD is. Also, as your man points out, the
    Scorsese intro is to be avoided at all costs before watching the film.
    It is a major faux pas on the part of Criterion to have called this an
    intro, and no matter WHAT it was called, they should have alerted buyers
    that it contains just about every plot element in the film including the
    ending (with accompanying clips).

    Too bad The White Sheik didn't look this good. For those who seem blind
    to the fact that Criterion is hardly perfect 100% of the time - that
    transfer is dark and contrasty (in fact, the background plate of the
    main title is basically non-existant, so dark is it) and the film's
    "Part Two" title card and the shot that precedes it are both missing in
    action. Sort of unforgivable really. VHS tapes have the Part Two card,
    and the background plate of the main titles is clearly visible (it's
    Sordi on horseback with sword raised).
     
    Brockhurst Pertwee, Nov 29, 2003
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    Mike Jackson Guest

    The "print" used for the transfer was, I understand, the camera
    First, thanks for reading and responding.

    When people ask me what sort of website I run, I say that it's a film review
    site. That we review films only on DVD is somewhat secondary to our mission
    of reviewing the films themselves. However, since we do review the DVD
    content, people expect that you're going to go into excrutiating detail on
    the quality of the audio and video transfers. We don't focus as much energy
    on it as we do the film, but we are mandated by public expectations of what
    a DVD review is all about to comment on niggling little details in the audio
    and video. Mark still gave the disc a glowing recommendation (a 95, which
    puts it in the top 12% of our reviews), so it's not that big a deal, is it?
    ;)

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Web Developer, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    Mike Jackson, Dec 1, 2003
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