Fedra West (1968)

Fedra West (1968)
Movie info @ IMDB or SWDB

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South Africa (Global Video) [Region 0]:
DVD Title: Fedra West
EAN: 8882156901637
Picture format: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen NTSC without anamorphic FLAG (see notes)
Sountrack(s): English DD 2.0
Running Time: 01:18:20 (few seconds of blackness at the end)
Subtitles: None
Extras: Chapter selections (26 chapters) not available from menus
English language trailer. Non-anamorphic widescreen, length 2:20.

Details: DVD release date: ?
Layers: single-sided/single-layered
Case: Keep case

Notes: It seems the disc is missing the FLAG that lets the players know the disc is anamorphic. This results in the DVD working like it were non-anamorphic 1.85:1. Widescreen TV owners can just put their TV into 16:9 mode (or whatever similar modes they have… the image just needs to be stretched horizontally which is something the player/TV would do automatically if the correct FLAG were present on the disc) and it works just as if it was a correct 2.35:1 anamorphic release. I’m not sure if there is anything owners of 4:3 TVs can do?

As for the quality of the transfer… The image is filled with all kinds of scratches and lines and nicks and whatever. The colors seem to vary a lot, and changing a lot even in middle of scenes. There are also several places where lots of seconds are missing, many of them perhaps just because of print damage, but it also feels like the movie is missing entire scenes at several places. The trailer included has at least one scene which doesn’t appear in the movie at all (where some riders are throwing torches in the town(?) or something). I’m not sure if these scenes have ever been part of the prints though as according to the IMDB and Anica.it the movie has never been much longer in theaters than what is present on this disc. From what I remember the available VHS releases are also as short and look about the same.

But if you want to see the film, then this is the best there is and because of that I personally don’t regret buying it (even though the movie was ok at best).

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