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Poor Picture Quality DVD
on January 17, 2004
I don't think of myself as a "DVD whiner" in that I've never felt cause to complain about the quality of a DVD before. However, I recently purchased "A Bridge Too Far" on DVD and even I noticed the poor quality of the picture. As another viewer noticed there are tiny white scratch blips throughout the movie and the overall picture quality is low- looks very washed-out and aged.
Maybe I am naive, but weren't DVD's supposed to give superior picture and sound performance in comparison to VHS? I purchased a VHS version of "A Bridge Too Far" in 1990 and its picture quality is still higher than my DVD. About the only thing the DVD has over my VHS copy is the fact that it is in widescreen- a big plus when watching this epic movie.
I know "A Bridge Too Far" received mixed reviews and mediocre box-office when it was released in 1977 and that probably ensures that it will never have a big budget, restored, special features galore DVD. However, one would think a movie with its budget and all-star cast would at least be released in DVD with some sort of upgrade as to its picture quality.