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DVD Exactly the Same as Older Version - MGM Rip-Off!
on April 5, 2007
As usual, MGM, which was a fine studio, puts out a mediocre DVD, trying to put one past the consumer. Don't be fooled. Let the reviewer from DVDBeaver speak for this "new" version:
"These MGM DVD editions are EXACTLY the same. The only difference is that the Anniversary Edition package offers a cardboard sleeve (funnily enough it doesn't even have new text - it is the same spiel written on the keep case insert). And for your trouble the Anniversary Edition is minutely more money ($0.20). In all fairness they should have just called this a re-issue instead of trying to fool the public - this DVD does nothing at all to celebrate the 65th Anniversary.
"The transfer that came out in 2002 is not bad at all - progressive and quite acceptable contrast. There are a few blemishes (speckles) but nothing to get riled up about. There are yellow optional subtitles and clear and consistent mono audio. No extras at all where to properly celebrate the 65 Anniversary you would think some video featurette or commentary would be called for. The film certainly deserves at least that.
"Wholesome good nostalgic fun that purports the virtues of courage and determination in a story of how one man and his quiet demeanour was able to touch so many with his gift. Yeah, they don't make'm like this anymore.
"All we have to say to MGM is 'not on DVDBeaver's watch'. A great reasonably priced DVD but obviously NO reason to double dip (as many would expect) and shame on MGM!"