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Not even with an African swallow...,
By A Customer
This review is from: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (DVD)
This is one of the funniest movies ever committed to film, no doubt about it. Were I to judge this DVD on the film alone, I would have given it five stars. If you are one of the few who have never seen this picture, do yourself the favor of and buy a copy on VHS straight away.
Purchasing this title on DVD, however, I have to take marks away from an otherwise excellent comedy. There has been absolutely nothing done to enhance the quality of this 25 year old film, and a DVD system drives the visual and auditory pitfalls home with feeling. The picture is grainy and jittery in many places, and the audio is mudded and full of hiss. I confess, I was looking forward to a sharper, cleaner viewing of one of my all time favorite movies than I had ever had before. I was profoundly dissapointed.
It is an hysterical movie, but don't look for an experience above what is delivered on the average bargin basement SLP recorded VHS tape here. If you've never seen it, go run and rent a copy from the local video store, and wait for a remastered release.
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Initial post: Apr 28, 2008 3:11:48 PM PDT
Count Orlok '22 says:
This review may be relevant to the intitial dvd release back in 2000, but since then there have been a number of rereleased versions, in which the picture quality is vastly improved.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2009 10:12:27 AM PDT
Taylor Rand says:
Thanks! I'd been wondering about that (the picture quality) - though you know, if it were the same what could you do? I'd buy anyway but if the 2009 DVDs are better (if still not perfect) then it would be a nonissue. Anyone else agree that the DVD is now more acceptable?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2009 10:42:26 PM PDT
I have one, 2007 is when I bought it, don't know when it was filmed or transfered to dvd. It is just as good as the vhs, I noticed no differences.
So for those who will not buy this movie, i say NI NI
Posted on Apr 18, 2013 2:42:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 18, 2013 2:48:04 AM PDT
Disappointed is one 's', two 'p's". :>)
Amazon sticks comments on all versions of same film. Yours is a review of VHS version and it's been plopped on one of the DVD releases. One of the many things I don't like about Amazon. If a customer has a complaint about one edition, no one can tell which version they are talking about, because that same complaint is placed on each and every release. Makes the reviews useless. Amazon doesn't think. They just want lots of reviews so it looks better to the buyer.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2015 6:44:02 PM PST
Perry Smith says:
Perhaps things are more confused than I realize but I'm viewing your comment attached to a review by "A Customer" and in that review he specifically mentions DVD several times. So I don't see how his review could be about a VHS tape.
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