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  1.  Ok, I'm worried, because size is important....


    Somebody who owns this tell me please - is it widescreen as shown in the description. If it is, then it has been zoomed in from it's original 4x3 ratio, and therefore IMHO, ruined. Please tell me it's 4x3 before I part with the 40 quid that I really want to spend on the most definitive documentary ever made.

  2.  Know what you are talking about before 'reviewing'


    Pity those who say, shame it isn't widescreen, won't expand to fill my telly and appalling transfer no not of what they speak. This film was made over 55 years ago, and deliberately made in 4:3 to fit with the archive footage used in it. Expanding it out to fill the screen entirely misses the point. Do you do the same with your widescreen that leaves bars top and bottom too? As for the transfer - it's way better than many of the prints I have seen, some TV showings have been truly dreadful, this is the best version I have seen thus far. No, the sound quality isn't up to todays standards, but look again at the vintage of the film and keep it in perspective. It's perfectly suited to the understated nature of the film, no fake let's make it 5.1 with a few whizz bangs around the back remix for this. Doesn't get 5 stars, because the print could have been restored, there are some large scratches in a couple of scenes, and a full restoration job to paint out these could have been undertaken to produce the ultimate. But then again, it doesn't claim to be restored. Hugely enjoyable still, Richard Todd splendid as Gibson, and the slightly over boffined and white hair powdered Michael Redgrave as Barnes Wallace, a total joy. Go on buy it and relive your childhood Sunday afternoons on BBC 2 .... Da Daaa da Daaa da da dar daa,,,,,