For eighty bucks you could be well on your way to owning a region-free player and then invest in foreign transfers of the two movies that are (while not superb) light years better than the MGM disasters. Anyone paying that for the region 1 discs deserve what they get. Aside from EXODUS, they are the worst transfers I've ever seen - unbelievable, unwatchable aliasing - and all three from MGM! Wish they'd swallow their pride, spend a few bucks and re-do these fine films. Maybe Sony will, but only after a ten year wait for the HD versions!
a rare case where the Laserdisc copies of these are actually superior to the dvd. They both share the same master, but the LD doesn't suffer from the horrendous amount of compression artifacts the dvd does.
A great shame that 6 years later they still aren't getting a proper release.
I the UK versions. Like Dick said, better than the MGM discs, but still less than these films deserve...and the subs on Manon are way too large.
Yes, see the post I made in this thread over three years ago. These transfers are AWFUL and the ones you mentioned from "World Films" are the same transfers. These movies deserve so much better than this....
I picked up the new double feature disc last night, and both Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring ARE anamorphic. The transfers are quite good, too, and the price is great ($19.99 SRP for both movies). No complaints here.