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Go Region 2 if you want to see this film,
This review is from: Satantango (DVD)
I'm afraid to say, that despite ALL of Facets' posturing, they've done a lackluster job on this truly important film. An unconverted PAL source with tons of ghosting and combing. NON-ANAMORPHIC and interlaced. But the Artificial Eye version. It's not super, but it's a lot better than this typically poor job.
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Initial post: Jul 25, 2008 4:54:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 27, 2008 8:06:25 AM PDT
It was a long wait. There's a hefty price tag. It's a seminal film by one of the world's great directors. You expect a premium product, right?! You press Play ... et voila... it's in an out-of-date WINDOWBOX format~~~ It simply looks like a large postage stamp floating in space on a widescreen TV. Increasing the size by remote only makes the grain as big as popcorn. Director approved? Bela, say it ain't so. Why was this (originally 1.66:1) not released better enhanced for a 16x9 screen?! Real disappointment, that.
Posted on Aug 5, 2008 9:25:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 5, 2008 9:26:34 PM PDT
Grigory's Girl says:
DVDBeaver reviewed this disc, and said despite it being "director approved", it's another disappointment from Facets. The review went over the same things that you said (ghosting, PAL source, non anamorphic). DVDBeaver compared Facets to Fox Lorber in the 1990's, who put out generally horrendous DVD's. Fox Lorber, however, was putting out DVD's before the format took off. Nowadays, good transfers and good extras are considered the norm. Facets needs to get on the ball.
Posted on Apr 11, 2010 5:05:52 PM PDT
Brian G. Miller says:
Based upon this review and the two preceding comments, I have to ask the question: Is there any way we can drive Facets DVD out of business?? $71.99 for a crap transfer?? It never ceases to amaze me how wretchedly they can botch any DVD production they release. Anyone remember how crappy their version of Kieslowski's Decalogue is ?? Pitiful.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2011 5:48:34 AM PDT
James Emery says:
It appears that Facets is a non-profit with a "mission is to preserve, present, distribute, and educate about film". This might explain their focus on quantity of movies transferred to DVD, not the quality of each transfer. If enough interest is shown for a given film, a commercial enterprise may make a better copy of it.
For the purposes of viewing, a low quality copy is better than no copy. For owning, however, it would have to be a really great movie before I bought a poor quality DVD.
Posted on Nov 8, 2012 7:37:43 PM PST
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2013 10:38:42 PM PDT
What's not pointed out here is that both the Region 2 AE Edition and Facets Video Edition are missing 30 minutes, IF the IMDB and Wikipedia are correct..... What happened to the film? Is the shortening due entirely to the PAL speedup? (If not, does Béla Tarr approve the cut?)
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2013 4:27:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 30, 2013 4:29:50 AM PDT
Is this true or is the difference the consequence of PAL 4% speedup?
I am so ready to buy this film in the correct format / unaltered version... - but does it even exist?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2013 9:06:46 AM PDT
nannosthermos, The short answer is "I don't know", but I believe that we won't be seeing another print in many years to come (and life is short!). The reason: Artificial Eye has the copyright in the UK (Region 2) while Facets has the right in Region 1.... I suggest that you get an Artificial Eye edition and enjoy the fantastic film now!
For more details, please see my commentary:
Apologies, but I will not be tracking this review any more.
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