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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 1999
Format: DVD
I must agree with the viewer from Phoenix. I have several Criterion laserdiscs, including their Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and this is my first DVD from them. This does not do the film justice in any way. The transfer is riddled with artifacts from a presumably aged master, and the sound has distinctly noticeable dips, much like turning the volume knob quickly. This is painfully evident in George Harrison's song that plays over the end credits; that song is on no other CD I've seen, which is a shame because it's a very Beatles-y tune. I'm suprised Criterion let this out. My DVD of Dolemite from Image Entertainment is of comparable quality, and their production budget is generally pretty low compared to Criterion's. Is Brazil this bad?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2010
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
When you see film lint, dirt and other artifacts you wonder why not find a clean master print. If your generating a Blu-ray disk why not do it right?
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I have fun with all of Terry Gilliam's quirky movies from this to The Adventures of Baron Munchausen to the recent The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus! Sadly, horrible picture quality drags this wonderful film down.

For Amazon reviews of older movies, I tend to assume that readers have a familiarity with the film already, so I'll instead focus on the question of how well the movie transfered to the Blu Ray format. The answer? Not well at all!

In fact, I think this is the worst Blu Ray transfer I've ever seen. Artifacts abound, from lines across the screen, to random specks. It's pretty awful in parts! It feels like I'm watching an old film reel on an elementary school projector.

You'll definitely notice that no effort appeared to be spent restoring the film for this release. I'm a bit saddened by it, too, because it distracts from the enjoyment of an otherwise interesting movie.

Four star movie, one star quality, two stars total.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2010
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
I love this movie. The standard DVD is a very poor transfer and this is just slightly better. A step up but overall, a disappointment. Dirty print, uneven colors and no extras. Some day someone will do right by this wonderful movie.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2010
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
Buyer beware - The transfer used for this BluRay is, apparently, not the greatest. It's a 1080I transfer and doesn't look so hot. Check out some of the reviews online such as DVD Beaver.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2001
Format: DVD
Criterion has successfully promoted itself as the place to go for quality, putting out the best films in the best transfers with the most bonus materials. All the while charging considerably more for their products.
Well DON'T you believe it! They certainly cut corners on this DVD. I noticed that everything looked a little claustrophobic as I watched this DVD, so I compared it to the VHS version. The black bars in this actually COVER UP part of the picture!!! They tried to fake the widescreen, apparently. Why would they do such a thing?
The recently released "Notorious," also by Criterion, is a shabby print that also costs far more than the previously released version. Take my advice...stay away from Criterion products!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
My kids enjoyed it, I did not. Not a good storyline, questionable actions and characters that just made the movie bad.
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on December 26, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Poor story line. Poor acting. This is just one very cheap and poorly thought out flick. Not worth the download.
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on December 14, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
If you like this sort of thing, you may want to watch it by yourself. If you try to watch it with your children, it is very likely they will suggest that we try something else.
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on August 17, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Didn't care for it. I'm not crazy about the shifting and robbing thing. I found it a little hard to follow. Not at all what I expected.
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