Music Box Films | 2008 | 118 min | Unrated | Region free
| Jun 28, 2011
Follows the young adventurer Max Manus from the time he arrived in Nazi-occupied Norway in
1940 after having fought the Russians during the Winter War in Finland. Manus joined
Norwegian resistance and became a member of the...
Don't let the subtitles keep you away from this. The reviewer did an accurate job in his opinions...strong video quality,
stunning audio. This is not a "War is Hell" film. There is certainly plenty of shooting & explosions, but because it is about
a resistance movement, there is plenty of human interaction (drama) too. If you have good hardware, you'll love the
technical qualities of the disc. Even if you are a subtitle hater, this is worth at least a rental. I was able to find a merchant
on Amazon selling it new for $14 and change. Well worth the cost (and reading subs).
This is a great film...acting, directing, emotion, music...this piece has it all. Everything to be wonderful except the kind of restoration and mastering a classic deserves. This baby is over 40 years old and should have been given better treatment by the studio before this release,
The video is passable and the audio slightly better, but neither will wow you. The $10 price point is great, but the product is blah + (hence the 3.0 overall rating).
This is a stand-out film trapped in a so-so release. I hoped for more MGM home video.
This review is for the MGM release now available exclusively at Best Buy in the United States. The film needs no hype from me. The story is well told and brilliantly acted. Dustin Hoffman turns in an amazing performance and Jon Voight does an excellent job also. The score sticks in your memory and the director does a great job.
The video is passable, but barely. The film is 40+ years old, but could have looked better if someone at the studio level cared about it.
The audio is slightly better, but again, no prize.
I bought this for $9.99 yesterday, as Best Buy drops price to introduce exclusive titles. At full price ($16.99) I would feel I had been huckstered.
If you choose to pick up this title, be sure to keep the price around $10.00 (US)
Paul Schrader's gritty screenplay depicts the ever-deepening alienation of Vietnam Veteran Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro in a tour-de-force performance), a psychotic cab driver who obsessively cruises the mean streets of...
Scorsese is at the top of his game. The acting is excellent and the disc is top notch. The film looks like a brand new 70's release. The audio is surprising for a film of this age. The restoration done on this project is super. The fact it is selling for $12.99 is amazing. If we could see this level of technical quality in other catalog releases, I would do back flips. Buy it, buy it, buy it!
I buy concert discs primarily for sonic quality...I come to our hobby from an audiophile background. I use two listening/viewing systems in my home. Both systems feature bi-amp mids and highs with multi subs in both systems (in one case there are subwoofers built into each corner speaker location with two separate subs just for the .1 channel. The audio in both systems has been calibrated using an SPL meter. I mention all this only to convey that I have equipment that wrings all the audio out of any disc. This disc, is clear and well balanced except for the lowest frequencies. My subs on both systems are left without much real work. I listened to all three tracks and I hear differences in them, but even the Dolby 5.1 mix, which on many discs sounds "boomy", sounds a little thin. Perhaps the early discs have sonic issues or perhaps the sound mix is simply a little thin. I like Jeff Kauffman's reviews, but on this disc I feel he missed the mark. Either he received a "pre release review only disc" that differs from the typical disc the public buys or the typical discs are without strong bass. Buyer beware...this disc is simply a little weak in the audio range below 80 HZ.
This title is available in a deluxe set (reviewed on this site) and a more basic two disc set. I have the two disc set and watched it today. The poster who ranted about the video being .5 because the film is on two discs needs to drink decaf. The overall video performance is excellent, looking very much like the film was made in the mid-50s (which it was). I'd rather have the film spread over two discs than be crammed with all kinds of content (web and multiple languages and bonus materials) on a single disc. Epic films often have intermissions in theaters and no one complains about being "yanked" out of the mood. Swap the discs, enjoy a classic film and lighten up a little. Highly recommended.