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    Dick Sidbury Guest

    the review is worthless or the movie is worthless?

    --without context your comment is too.
    Dick Sidbury, Apr 3, 2004

  4. <<I was a bit disappointed to find that the film was split in half at
    the intermission point of the movie on two discs like the previous
    release. Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought the whole film could fit on one
    DVD. The 135 minutes and 38 seconds of "The Ten Commandments" are on
    disc one while the concluding 95 minutes and 43 seconds are on disc two
    along with extra value features.>>

    There is a point of diminishing returns in regard to the amount of
    high-quality material that can successfully be placed on a single DVD.
    This can be plainly seen by comparing _Gone With The Wind_ (222
    minutes), with _The Ten Commandments_(220 minutes). _Gone With The
    Wind_ is presented by MGM/Warner on two single-layer sides of one DVD
    and the video quality is terrible -- particularly the color -- and
    annoying decompression artifacts are present throughout the entire
    over-enhanced movie. On the other hand, _The Ten Commandments_ is
    presented by Paramount on two dual-layer disks and its video quality
    ranks among the finest that I have ever seen.

    In _Gone With The Wind_, the lack of color is particularly apparent in
    the opening scenes where Scarlett is walking along the creek with her
    father. In the LaserDisc version, the forest is green and there is rich
    green coloring in the leaves and grass. On the DVD, everything which is
    supposed to be green has a washed out brownish red appearance. The same
    lack of green is evident in the scene where Scarlett arrives at the
    Wilkes plantation. As the carriage pulls up to the door, where the
    pillars of the house can be seen, the ivy covering the house and the
    hedge in the foreground are black and white with a touch of brownish
    red. On the LaserDisc, the ivy and hedge are green as nature intended.

    The lack of the color green continues to present problems throughout the
    DVD. The famous green dress which Mammy makes for Scarlett out of Miss
    Ellen's portieres is a washed out green-gray mess on the DVD. Other
    colors suffer as well on the DVD. In all, the _Gone With The Wind_ DVD
    is an abomination.

    Does this mean that a truly high-quality DVD version of _Gone With The
    Wind_ will require the use of four DVD layers in order to achieve its
    true Technicolor brilliance? This does appear to be the case. _Gone With
    The Wind_, the Crown Jewel in the MGM catalog, has been done a great
    injustice by its washed out DVD premier. In contrast, I am quoting a
    review of _The Ten Commandments_ from the web since I could not have
    said this nearly as well myself:

    "The new DVD edition of "The Ten Commandments" is nothing short of
    amazing. Never in my experience has this film looked this good. As with
    so many of the early Technicolor films, the production design was
    intended to make full use of the glorious Technicolor palette. No one
    can argue that video, even very good video, can match a decent
    Technicolor film print, but this DVD transfer doesn't miss by much.
    Colors are bright and intensely saturated yet retain very good stability
    with little or no smearing. There is no evidence of video noise, even in
    the brightest reds and oranges (check out the shot of the Hebrew slaves
    towing the Egyptian statue in the opening sequence...gorgeous). Even
    fine details within the brightest colors are still visible, something no
    other video version has been able to accomplish. The image is
    consistently sharp and detailed. For the most part, there is no apparent
    grain in the image except for an occasional optical effects shot. Black
    level and contrast are also excellent with good shadow detail."

    Copyright © 1998 Robert A. George.
    One-Shot Scot, Apr 4, 2004
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