F.I.S.T. DVD Review
PicturePresented in an anamorphic 1.85:1 transfer, this is by no means an absolutely stellar transfer, however it is a mostly pleasing one. Working within the confines of the age of the print, the transfer remains satisfactory, being solid and consistent throughout. Colours are even with skin tones and blacks nicely rendered, with interior shots looking pretty impressive for the most part. Obviously it's not all good. The transfer does suffer from being generally soft, and there are edge enhancements noticeable on a regular occurrence, especially throughout establishing shots. Similarly specks of print damage pop up now and again. Still, it's more than watchable and doesn't affect the viewing drastically.
SoundIn keeping with the no-frills approach of the release, we are provided with one solitary 2.0 mono audio track, which is both flat and uninspiring. There is very little range and tone, the audio being reduced on the most part to a deep and thin sound. Mercifully this doesn't damage the film as much as may be expected as it's predominantly a talkie, but it would have been nice to have a full surround mix, especially for the battle scenes and the lush orchestral scores. Pretty dismal overall.
ExtrasAside from two unrelated previews (for 'A Few Good Men' and the new 'Rocky' boxset) the disc comes complete with no features whatsoever. Whilst we can't expect too much from a budget release of an ageing flop, it wouldn't have hurt to slap on the Jewison interview that was present on its Laserdisc release many moons back. A big disappointment in this respect.
VerdictAn engrossing and admirable if not entirely successful attempt at the American epic, this budget release is well worth consideration at the price for those interested in curios, despite the disc's obvious shortfalls.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £9.26
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