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Great move--TERRIBLE DVD,
This review is from: The Trial (DVD)
I give the movie five stars. The DVD, one (see below). I won't focus much on the merits of the film aside from saying that the story of the film is one of the most important works of the twentieth-century and is central to the modern, and post-modern, human experience. I saw this movie at the Angelika in New York when it came out. One of Hollywood's crimes was not giving it a distribution deal in the U.S. I have to admit that, the first time I saw it, I was somewhat disappointed by the portrayals in general. However, I hadn't read the novel in several years despite being a Kafka devotee. I reread it yet again and later viewed the film on video tape. The more I watched it, the more I realized what a wonderful job Harold Pinter did with the screenplay.
Now, as far as the DVD itself goes, this is one of the WORST transfers I have ever seen. Thanks go to the folks at Fox Lorber for another disappointing product. I think my original VHS copy had better image quality than this. Furthermore, as another reviewer notes, this film is beautifully photographed, yet the DVD is full screen only. The principals of Fox Lorber should be locked up for not releasing this in widescreen.
As for the extras? Yeah, right. There is a chapter selection function. How's that? There's not even a general menu, no trailers, interviews, etc. Nothing. Poor ole Franz. Still not being treated properly after all these years.
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Initial post: Mar 17, 2013 12:31:19 AM PDT
W. T. Hoffman says:
I'm in the middle of watching Orsen's THE TRIAL again. Its hard to adapt Kafka to film, apparently. I think THE CASTLE wasnt too bad (Haneke, who also directed FUNNY GAMES). But then there are those sick attempts, like the film KAFKA, where the director and writer tried to make a film based on kafka's writings all mashed together. The book is a nightmare, a horrible nightmare. The best adaptation of the book, would be to have a nightmare about it, and wake up. (And find yourself transformed into a large beetle.)
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