S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
Directed by Rowland V. Lee
Alexandre Dumas's 1845 novel about the betrayal, imprisonment,
and eventual triumph of Edmond Dantes is one of world literature's most famous
stories of dogged revenge. There have been many productions over the years, in
the U.S. and other countries, but most critics cite the 1934 version of The
Count of Monte Cristo as the best. It was also the only film the
distinguished British actor Robert Donat ever shot in Hollywood.
Theatrical Release: August 3rd, 1934
DVD Review: Henstooth Video - Region 1 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Henstooth Video - Region 1 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 4.92 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
Once again, I *think* there have been some other DVD editions of this title, but I don't own one to compare. I understand they are quite poor. This single-layered transfer is acceptable but has a fair amount of noise in the darker section and there are two places were the damage was more than nominal. The image is vertically stretched a shade - for those who may be sensitive. It has decent, if not stellar, contrast and produces a consistent presentation. Along with the unremarkable, but even, audio - it gave me an 'okay' viewing.
There are no extras, aside from a trailer but the region 1, NTSC, DVD has optional English subtitles. This is a boyhood favorite film - Dumas at his best. For those keen on these vintage classics - the Henstooth edition supplies a worthwhile viewing, if expectations are kept minimal. In essence, while not perfect, is better than I was expecting. I was very happy to finally see the film after all these years.