May 13th, 2007

so i'm back to the velvet underground

VERY impressed with a new purchase.

So I picked up a couple of Treasure Box Collection DVDs today from the local grocery store - Popeye And Other Cartoon Treasures and a Cary Grant double-feature including The Amazing Adventure and His Girl Friday.

The Popeye DVD contains two Popeye cartoons, several Superman shorts, and assorted various shorts. The quality of most of these is barely watchable.

The Cary Grant DVD's transfer of The Amazing Adventure is ok. I've actually seen even Warner Bros. DVDs with transfers like this one, so it's not too bad.

HOWEVER, when I previewed the transfer for His Girl Friday, I couldn't believe it! The grain is minimal, there's not a lot of dirt and scratches and stuff like that. Very clean source. The audio is also very good. And it even includes Spanish subtitles!

If you're a fan of the movie, yet you only have crappy DVD versions, and you come across this one, DON'T hesitate to pick it up.

In addition, if you're a fan of Of Human Bondage with Bette Davis and Leslie Howard, but all you have are nasty cheapo DVD copies, I suggest keeping an eye out for Brentwood's Great Literature On Film: Volume 1 double feature which contains Cyrano De Bergerac with Jose Ferrer and Of Human Bondage. It's still not Warner Bros. DVD quality, but out of three copies I've owned, this is easily the best one available. Until someone...likely Warner Bros., since they own the rights to the entire RKO library...releases a legit DVD release, this is likely to be the best one you'll find. There's still typical flaws you find in old movies, like scratches, dirt, and such, and the audio's not THE greatest, but it's still the best one I own.

I've meant to post this for a while, but I haven't felt like scanning the cover to show you all. But since I had to scan the Cary Grant cover, I just scanned this one too.

Not bad for cheap-o DVDs, I'd say.
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