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The Greatest Canadian Film
on March 25, 2011
This is one of my top ten films (out of several hundred i've seen) from any country -- the script is brilliant and razor-sharp, the performances marvellous, the scope of it stunning; very few films are so deeply moving and yet hilarious at times (though Arcand's "Barbarian Invasions" comes very close). The film also rates a 10 for trenchant social comment, philosophical depth and soaring music. But the main reason i'm adding a review here is that it bothers me to see the film's "star" rating dragged down by a raft of reviewers who gave one star to an earlier DVD version because it lacked English subtitles. The Koch Lorber version is not lacking in this respect, as the subtitles are fairly well done, and the sound is quite good too. Visually this DVD is disappointing, as it presents a film shot in 1.85:1 in a 4:3 format, and the picture cries out for remastering. But as of 2012, the Koch Lorber is the only half-decent DVD of an incomparable cinematic masterpiece. I would give it 15 stars if i could.