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VERY DISAPPOINTING TRANSFER OF AN AMERICAN CLASSIC,
This review is from: On the Waterfront (Special Edition) (DVD)
Columbia continues its downward spiral where its classic DVD output is concerned. "On The Waterfront" is not only a great Academy Award winning film, it is an American icon. The plot is concerned with a union stooge, Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) who eventually realizes that the intimidation racket of his boss, Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) is an evil and destructive force in his community. Eva Marie Saint costars as Edie Doyle, the sister of a man who was thrown off of a rooftop on Friendly?s orders. It is partially through her love and the stoic commitment of Father Barry (Carl Malden) that Terry reforms his ways. Rod Steiger is particularly effective as Charley Malloy, Terry?s brother.
Quite simply: this transfer is a let down. Contrast levels are extremely low, fine details are lost in video noise reduction enhancement and digital grit, grain and noise are detected throughout. The gray scale is poorly balanced. Scratches, chips and distortions in the original camera negative stick out like a soar thumb. The audio is mono and undistinguished. It's not a bad mix, though there are moments where a slight background hiss crops up. No extras! Oh, come on Columbia. This is one of your BEST PICTURES and it gets this kind of treatment on DVD?!? It ?could'a been a contenda'!?
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Initial post: Dec 10, 2008 8:45:26 AM PST
Cornelius G. Kelly says:
When a DVD does not say it's remastered but says Special Edition I am always suspect. Thanks for giving the truth about what the transfer looks like so I don't have to waste my money. Why the companies don't treat these movies like the gold they are is because they want to sell it over and over and over again. First the Special Edition, then 5.1, then the picture is restored and by that time a new type of media will be introduced. Buyers are wiser these days. Thanks for the excellent review!
Posted on Jun 22, 2009 11:04:02 PM PDT
Dusty Roads says:
It coulda been a contenda ! - VERY good ! :-)
Posted on Jun 23, 2009 11:46:27 AM PDT
joaquin garcia says:
an "academy award" is perhaps the silliest reference to any film, author, cast/crews, talent or accomplishment. Each year, most who are excited by the Hollywood narcissism festival know long before the telecast who will win, and what they will win for. Many writers, actors and directors have declined participation citing the simple fact that art is not a competitive arena. Sport, yes, art no. It is subjective, and has it's basis in commercial success. Find a film that "swept" the award show that was not a box office powerhouse. Ben Affleck has an academy award, Langston Hughes was never even an after thought.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2011 10:53:20 AM PDT
Edmond Gauthier says:
Okay, I'll wait until the Blu-Ray version of Waterfront finally comes out. Then, if they STILL continue to botch it, I'll have to avoid the thing entirely. Which is a shame for us fans, who recognize it as easily one of Brando's top three films.
Posted on Mar 8, 2013 1:24:22 PM PST
It was almost worth watching this DVD a few times just as conditioning for the stunning Criterion blu-ray. To go from the one to the other is like having cataracts removed. Did you ever pick up the blu-ray, Nix Pix? I hope so. This movie would be worth the price of the player.
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