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This is junk! The technical quality is an outrage
on February 6, 2005
I saw this miniseries on European TV about 10 years ago; taped it and -- being a Pappa aficionado -- cherished it. My VHS copy slowly became fuzzy and I hoped to get the same in everlasting DVD quality.
Man, was I wrong.
The broadcasted series was longer. What did they take out? The good stuff. The broadcasted series had a brilliant score, based on the Enigma variations by James Elgar. The DVD has some electronic synthesizer score, usually associated with 3d rate porn from former Yugoslavia. The same goes for the title sequence; originally a piece of art based on watercolor freeze frames with design titles. On the DVD the titles are cheap digital fonts with a jagged edge.
Can it get any worse? Yes, it can. De picture quality of the DVD is more faded than my VHS copy. And something probably went wrong during transfer to digital format -- or it was deliberately done very, very, very cheap. All sweeping or action packed camera movements look like something taped from a narrow band internet connection.
If possible, I would have rated this minus 5 stars.
No matter how much you like Hemingway or the content of this miniseries: don't buy this junk.