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Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by Zog, Jan 23, 2003.

  1. Zog

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    Anybody point me in the direction of a review?
     
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    Tee,

    I see from the cover shot it's an MGM release. Any on-screen captions during this movie? :)

    If so, R2 would be a "must avoid" in my book, no matter what the additional extras were, purely for MGM's insistence on player-generated captions :mad:
     
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    I'm not sure to be honest mate as I haven't watched it (I didn't review it). For what it's worth, the version reviewed on my site is R1 and MGM but the R2 version is Pathe.
     
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    Tee,

    Nice one mate. Pathe would be no problemo :)

    It's only MGM that have taken to doing this - and the sooner they stop, the better! It's tantamount to desecration of a movie in my view.
     
  6. Zog

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    R2 on order.

    Squirrell God........Just what are the on screen captions that MGM have upset you with so badly?
     
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    For R2/R4 releases, MGM remove all on-screen text from any movie and replace it with player-generated subtitles/captions. Thus, you don't get the original font or the original location of the text as specified by the director. Instead you get a nasty white blocky font - it looks horrible. Really takes the feel away from the movie. Sometimes they change the text as well , from what was there in the original movie!

    I might start a new thread about this and post some examples, but I've gotten rid of most of the worst PAL MGM offenders from my collection already.
     
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    With you now........ and yes....... that is pox ridden!
     
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    Please do. This is a new one on me. I'm intrigued.

    The only problem I've had with subtitles on DVD is the lack on them on a certain scene in 'Annie Hall'. Basically, the scene uses subtitles to convey what the characters are thinking as opposed to what they're saying. Unfortunately, the R2 DVD's lost these subtitles (and of course, the whole crux of the scene) unless you, irony of ironies, turn subtitles 'on'.

    Utterly ridiculous.

    -- Barry
     

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