crooked wrote:I can't believe you people gave these cunts your money.
:thumbup: Pro: They spelled my name right on the personalized cover. No one EVER spells my name right.
:thumbdown: Con: The book that comes along with it is very nicely put together, but fairly pointless - mostly repeating stuff I already knew, with pictures I've already seen. One of the articles includes the incorrect quote "two gins and two pints, please". Anyone who's seen the film more than twice knows it's suppsed to be "two large gins, two pints of cider - ice in the cider." Get it right, people.
:thumbup: Pro: They included the extras I love from the old DVD, plus more extras that I've never seen before - a very cool one about Bruce Robinson and his writing ups and downs, filmed in part at his beautiful house in the country.
:thumbdown: Con: There's this huge opening announcement screen that comes on when you watch the movie, about how Arrow Films re-mastered, re-digitized, re-colored, re-imagined, re-applied lube, basically patting themselves on the back that they turned the movie into a superstellar viewing experience.... and then the movie starts, and it looks and sounds EXACTLY like the non-Arrow Blu-Ray I already have. The night scenes, like when they park next to Uncle Monty's car, and when Uncle Monty comes into Marwood's room, look like a snowstorm - absolutely no difference from the other Blu-Ray disc. I'm aware that it's impossible to do miracles with old film - you can only improve things so much when they were not filmed digitally to begin with - but then why do they put up three minutes of announcements of how amazingly they've changed the way the picture looks and sounds? They really haven't. Whoever remastered and digitized the first Blu-Ray did all the work, because that really was leaps and bounds better than the old standard DVD version, which you couldn't even hear properly.
:thumbup: Pro: I like the option to listen to Bruce Robinson's voice over while watching the film.
:thumbdown: Con: He talks more about himself and what he was going through during the time of the filming, rather than talking specifically about the actors and the process of filming the movie scene by scene. I really wanted to hear the behind-the-scenes memories, like "Oh yes, the day we filmed this scene, Ralph Brown had eaten beans and toast for breakfast, and that really put the wind up everyone on set"...
Pro: It's a personalized, numbered, one-of-a-kind box set that I'm thrilled to have in my Withnail collection.
:thumbdown: Con (sort of): I'm a little puzzled why they felt they had to cram in the disc of "How to Get Ahead in Advertising" with this box set. I am a Withnail fan. There are a lot of other movies I also enjoy, but I don't want them in my Withnail box set. I've never seen this other movie, and I don't necessarily care to. It feels as if they've cheapened the Withnail-ness of the box set by trying to cram another movie down my throat. I'm tempted not to watch it out of spite.
Epic! I guess this is because you spelt it though - but well done them for not screwing it up. As a "Wilton" I'm always pleased when I'm not wrongly altered to a "Wilson".
I don't know if it's fair to give it a total thumbs down for the book. It isn't amazing, it contained very little that I hadn't already read elsewhere - but it's a nice little thing. It's quite smart and houses the discs nicely, though that in itself won't be ideal for many. I've taken the discs out of mine and put them in another case to reduce wear and tear.
It is massively improved... The leap in sound and video quality between the too is massive...
I'm not going to tell the great man what to say... I love the commentary.
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