I've reviewed The Counterfeit Traitor for digitallyOBSESSED! Look for my full review this week.
In a word: A superb film, with very good video quality (a bit of grain/flecks here and there, but rather clean with good contrast and color), and a standout 5.1 remix (along with the original restored mono). I was hoping for TSWCIFTC, but was pleasantly surprised by this one (I'll pick up the other later). No extras, but considering the quality of the film and the low price point, no complaints.
PS I was also delighted to see the scenes in TCT shot on location in Stockholm and Copenhagen, where I spent a chunk of my summer studying last year.
I will have reviews posted for all three tomorrow. I had planned on having them up Friday, but it wasn't meant to be.
Assassination Bureau is a bit of a disappointment, transfer-wise (the transfer is hot, losing detail in whites, and doesn't have the best shadow detail) - but it's a good enough film to make this a "buy" regardless.
The Counterfeit Traitor is an excellent spy story, and has a good transfer, save for some persistent dust on the print.
I haven't screened TSWCIFTC yet... will do so tonight.
I finally watched all of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold and in comparing it to The Assassination Bureau / The Counterfeit Traitor - which I viewed for around 30 min. each I would say the image was the most consistent of the three in that it was very good overall and did not vary as much in its quality as the other two did. This was on a 100" screen - Assassination Bureau was the worst but still acceptable - there were a few scenes that looked almost as though there were muliple layers of the same image that were slightly out of alignment, giving it an defocused sort of look and colors that were subdued - perhaps "softer" would be more accurate. I do not know what causes this to occur but have noticed it on a number of dvds. Still, most of the film was quite good. Traitor was above average - but I liked TSWCIFTC even though the picture did not look quite as sharp or as defined in the dark areas of the film as say The Mancurian Candidate SE. I think part of it is how it was filmed. The film score sounded very good in 5.1 DD and Paramount did a good job mixing it. It came across with the best story/acting with The Counterfeit Traitor right behind it . Regardless they are all well worth the purchase.
Really fun movie (and that's not just because there's a shot of Diana Rigg in the tub), a pretty good transfer (though as mentioned in the HTF review the contrasts are a tad high) but squat for extras, per Paramount's usual policy.
I found The Counterfeit Traitor over the weekend. It is a great film. I'm planning to get Spy... and Assassination this weekend. What happened to Dangeriabolik? I thought it was supposed to be released also.