Jay Fenton

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (3 of 3)
Location: Washington, PA USA
Birthday: Feb. 10


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War and Peace [Subtitled] [4 Discs] <b>DVD</b> ~ Lyudmila Saveleva
War and Peace [Subtitled] [4 Discs] DVD ~ Lyudmila Saveleva
I just finished watching the Image 16 X 9 five-disc box set of WAR AND PEACE. I'll admit up front that I haven't seen the Kultur full frame version, so I can't intelligently compare picture and sound quality. The Kultur version is available only in Russian with English subs, whereas the Image version gives you the choice of Russian, English or French language tracks along with more subtitle options than I've ever seen offered on any DVD.
First off, the film is an epic story and is powerfully cinematic. It's evenly divided between the war and peace sections. No film could really do justice to Tolstoy's great novel -----except perhaps a very long TV mini series------but at seven… Read more
Institute Benjamenta <b>DVD</b> ~ Mark Rylance
Institute Benjamenta DVD ~ Mark Rylance
I recently bought the DVD of the Quay brother's INSTITUTE BENJAMENTA, or THIS DREAM PEOPLE CALL LIFE. I bought it purely on reviews, which praised its expressionist B & W cinematography and bizarre nature.
To be honest, I've bought many film because of high praise from a dozen or so reviewers and found the films somewhat boring, e.g., THE VIRGIN SUICIDE, GHOST WORLD, etc. Yes, I know I'm a heretic. But German expressionism is a special interest of mine and so I decided to take a chance, preparing to curse my vulnerability to persuasion if I was disappointed.
The film starred Alice Krige (most famous as the Borg queen in STAR TREK, FIRST CONTACT and Mark Rylance, best known… Read more
Beast (Widescreen)
...I'm beginning to suspect the reason some of the more offbeat genre films that used to be so difficult to see were obscure because they weren't very good to begin with. My latest disappointment is Borowczyk's THE BEAST. It pretty easy to see which scenes contained the original footage and which were added to bring the film up to feature length.
I liked the original scenes, but found the added footage a rather dull elongation of the basic theme. And it certainly doesn't take an Einstein to figure out the conclusion.
A young girl, along with her mother, arrive at the villa of a seedy count whose only son seems to be girl shy. Around this point we see flashbacks about a female… Read more