The Year of Living Dangerously

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  1. Johnny_G

    Johnny_G Auditioning

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    Big fan of the movie and I was wondering what is the image transfer and sound like on the 2002 Warner Bros. DVD?. Is it worth purchasing?, or not?.

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. Guy Martin

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    Johnny-

    This was one of the first DVDs I purchased back in 1998. The current Warner DVD is just a repackaging of the old MGM version I believe. It is anamorphic, but otherwise is very much a first-generation transfer. It's pretty grainy, the contrast is a mixed bag, as is the color (the scene between Hamilton and his assistant having a drink in the mountains at dusk looks particularly bad) and there's video grain and compression artifacts (it is a single-layer DVD). The print used has a lot of speckles and dirt on it as well. Sound is mono, although perfectly listenable. The only extra is a trailer. Still if you're a fan of the film this is the best version out on video and you can probably get it pretty cheap now.

    - Guy
     
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    Thanks for the info Guy.
     
  4. Paul_Scott

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    i wouldn't mind seeing a new remastering of this title in the future.
    the current disc is watchable, even on a large screen, but it as Guy describes it.
    its a hypnotic film and would really shine with a new disc.

    don't really expect it to happen anytime soon though.
     
  5. Jason_Els

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    I may be this film's biggest fan. This is very much a first-generation DVD though it's not awful. It is non-anamorphic and the sound is mislabeled as stereo when, in reality, it's mono. The dark shots are overly-dark, the transfer is too grainy and dirty, and I think the reds are too prominent.

    That said.... It was one of my first DVD purchases and I love it if only for that. There is little else to love.

    I hope that one day this film will get restored and remastered. The score for The Year of Living Dangerously deserves a serious re-work with (at least) a stereo mix.

    This is a magnificently dark, other-worldlhy, film with great performances. Weir is one of the few directors capable of making the completely natural feel slightly surreal and he does that exquisitely here.
     

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