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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional DVD treatment of a classic, February 10, 2007
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This review is from: All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal Cinema Classics) (DVD)
All Quiet on the Western Front has finally gotten the DVD that it deserves. After languishing for years in a stopgap DVD release that was difficult to hear and had terrible picture quality, this classic anti-war film has been restored by the Library of Congress and digitally remastered. The results are fantastic.

Note: This review refers to the new Universal Cinema Classics release (black case with close-up of Lew Ayres), not some of the older releases (bluish monochrome case with a German helmet) which Amazon has seen fit to post this review on.

Picture: Huge improvement. The previous release was dull, low-resolution, sometimes blurry, and reproduced lots and lots of distracting scratches and dirt from old reels. Now the picture is crisp, very sharp, and as clean as it has ever been.

Sound: Another huge improvement. The 1930-vintage sound effects are still rather clunky and the dialogue is hard to understand once or twice, but overall the restoration is a phenomenal improvement. Very good.

There are no special features to speak of, although the DVD does include a later, probably 1940s-era trailer and an introduction from Turner Classic Movies' resident film historian Robert Osborne. The restoration of the sound and image are the big selling points, here.

The only negative thing I have to say is pretty trivial--there is no chapter menu. This is only a minor concern, though, and in no way detracts from the quality of the DVD or the film itself. If you've been waiting for a good release of All Quiet on the Western Front or have never seen it, this is the DVD and now is the time.

Highly recommended.
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Initial post: Apr 16, 2007 5:02:52 PM PDT
A Reader says:
Please identify which release these comments refer to.

Posted on Apr 21, 2007 8:45:59 AM PDT
This refers to the latest release (Universal Cinema Classics 2006). I guess I should have made that more explicit--Amazon has the irritating habit of posting reviews on the wrong products.

Posted on Apr 28, 2007 5:56:54 PM PDT
Outstanding review of the DVD!
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