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Buffalo Soldiers DVD Review

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by AVForums May 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    Buffalo Soldiers DVD Review
    SRP: £17.99

    Verdict

    A great disc for this funny and charming look at
    the more idiotic side of army life. More M*A*S*H
    than Dr Strangelove, though.

    Picture

    With this DVD, VCI has
    delivered the latest in a long line of
    impressive and naturalistic transfers.
    Presented anamorphically at the original
    2.35:1 aspect ratio, the image is always
    crisp and rich. Colours are perfect, with no
    trace of bleed on even the brightest
    offerings (just check out the sharp edges
    on the American flag that fills the frame at
    the start of Chapter 2). The darker
    locations (such as the interior of the
    German nightclub in Chapter 10) offer
    solid blacks and plenty of shadow detail.

    Sound

    We were pleasantly surprised to
    discover that not only does the disc offer
    up the obligatory Dolby Digital 5.1 mix,
    but also a DTS mix that wasn't included
    on the American release. There's not
    really much to call between the two
    mixes, but both deliver a solid and
    evocative audio experience, with strong
    use of the surrounds and crystal clear
    dialogue reproduction.

    Extras

    FilmFour/VCI's disc also outdoes
    Buena Vista's American release in the
    extra features department. Items carried
    across from that release include an
    enlightening, and often very funny, audio
    commentary by director Gregor Jordan,
    a short but interesting Making of...
    featurette and the brilliant Anatomy of a
    Scene, which gives an in-depth look at
    the creation of the infamous tanks n'
    drugs scene from the film, going from
    writing to location scouting, design,
    acting and editing.
    Chief amongst the additional extras on
    this UK release is a ten-minute interview
    with Jordan, which does repeat a little of
    the material he discusses in his
    commentary, but also features enough
    new material to make it of interest to fans.
    Following on are interview soundbites from
    Joaquin Phoenix, Gregor Jordan, Scott
    Glenn, Ed Harris and Anna Paquin, all of
    which smack of coming from the film's
    EPK, but still provide a few nuggets of
    interesting information. Lastly, you get the
    theatrical trailer.

    The Rundown

    Movie

    8

    Picture Quality

    9

    Sound Quality

    8

    Extras

    6

    Overall

    8

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