CALLING ALL CANADIANS (and others) "Goin' Down the Road" DVD Review (screen shots)

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  1. Gary Tooze

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    'Goin' Down The Road - DVD Review - Seville Pictures - To be released November 19th, 2002
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    The FULL review with screen captures is HERE
    A highly praised film in 1970, "Siskel and Ebert" put it on their Top Ten list for that year.
    "Don Shebib’s definitive 1970 film is about two young and uneducated Maritimers who leave the desolation of Nova Scotia and head for the legendary opportunities of Toronto. Even when contacts fall through and they are forced to spend their first nights at the Salvation Army, both men maintain an optimistic sense of adventure as they encounter offbeat characters in a variety of humorous situations. However, as their prospects begin to fade, optimism gives way to frustration and loneliness. The New Yorker’s Pauline Kael said: “...there is scarcely a false touch in Goin’ Down the Road; Don Shebib is so good at blending actors into locations that at times… one forgets that it is an acted film.” "
    The DVD...
    Director approved Seville Signature Collection DVD
    Digitally mastered from the print restored by the National Archives of Canada
    Commentary track by director Don Shebib
    Commentary track/appreciation by Toronto Star critic Geoff Pevere
    Booklet insert with introduction essay by Christine Ramsay; President of the Film Studies Association of Canada
    Pierre Burton Interview with director Shebib ( 24:17 ).
    Stills Gallery ( 15 individual black and white 4:3 stills )
    Firstly, this is a miraculous piece of Canadiana that has proudly stood the test of time. Made on a shoe string with neo-realistic performances even a weathered 16mm print of this film ranks right up with early Cassavetes works (Shadows, Faces). Now it has been now been digitized mastered from the original print restored by the National Archives of Canada . Seville Pictures have not only done justice with this DVD presentation, but also maintained the undercurrent of realism and innocence by not "dolling up" the image excessively. The two seperate commentaries (director Donald Shebib and critic Geoff Pevere), I rate with some of the best I have ever heard. This is fresh, frank and honest testimony delivered in grass roots fashion, especially by director Shebib. I not only feel delighted to write a review of this DVD, but honored to share my feelings about the film. If there ever was a pioneering piece of Canadian New Wave, cinema verite or neo-realism, then THIS is it!... right down to the Bruce Cockburn soundtrack. The DVD has kept its rooted tones perfectly. The image quality is my no means immaculate and there is negligible edge enhancement down the right side, the colors are washed out but it only adds to its gritty charm. An glossy, over-restoration would seem inappropriate and I'm sure we are seeing it better than anyone did in the theater in the 70's. 5 out of 5!
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  2. Marc Colella

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    Seville has been doing some really nice work on their DVDs.
    I'm glad (and surprised) Goin' Down the Road is getting the treatment it deserves.
    It would've been nice if Seville included (probably couldn't get the rights) the hilarious SCTV skit based on this film.
    Thanks for the review Gary!
     
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    Just to clarify something, are you saying the film is on DVD as 1.37:1? And if so why do you believe that is the correct AR? Seems very unlikely to me.
     
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    I mean, it was shot with a crew of 4 on 16mm for a few thousand dollars... I would be suspicious if it was anything but 4:3.... add on to that it was digitally mastered from the print restored by the National Archives of Canada... Are you aware of something that I am not? Please share...
     
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    Is this DVD available?
     
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    Yes. I found one easily at Future Shop quite some time ago.
     
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    I hate to be the bearer of bad news to the few people who ended up buying this DVD.
    But I'm doing a direct comparision right now of the DVD and a broadcast of this film.
    The broadcast version looks a hell of a lot better where colour saturation is concerned.
     
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    I have both the VHS and the DVD of this film and, sad to say, the tape looks better to me. The DVD looks washed out and quite dark. I also have the Seville version of WITHNAIL AND I in full screen and it looks like it was projected on to sack cloth. No more Seville for me.
     
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    What are we supposed to be waiting for exactly?

    He said he did a direct comparison and the TV broadcast looked a hell of a lot better.
     
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    Yes, as stated earlier, the colour saturation looked far better on the broadcast version.

    It was quite a drastic difference. Wheras the DVD looks almost B&W, the colours in the broadcast version were quite bright and vibrant.

    I cannot say for sure which colour palette is more accurate, but it looked to me like the elements used for the broadcast version were in better shape than the elements used for the DVD.
     
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    Sorry, Gary.

    I don't have the capabilities of taking screenshots either from DVD or broadcast.

    All I could really do was post my observations, which I did.

    Everyone is free to take it for what it's worth.
     

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