Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Great Movie - Terrible DVD
Matthew L. Fields | Brosnan's Biggest Fan | 01/26/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"If the packaging doesn't frighten you away, the transfer will. The package is covered with scans from the movie that a 10 year old could make on their home computer. The DVD transfer looks like it was taken from a VHS tape. The telltale glitch VHS is at the bottom of the frame the whole time. This is not what DVDs were made to do. Everything about it says amateur. Watch this movie on VHS, the quality will probably be better than this version. This is an excellent movie that deserves far better than this treatment."
Good film BUT (thanks for the tip)
Johanna Demirjian | 07/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I appreciate the previous reviewer's tip. I was shopping for this item to show it to my World History class. The film does an excellent job of demonstrating the position of the indigene (Mr. Johnson) trying to navigate his way between serving the British imperialist class (represented by Pierce Briosnan's character) while trying to maintain his Africanness in the eyes of his Nigerian fellows. While this undoubtedly made few waves at the box office or with the Academy, it is an excellent portrayal of the confused comprador and the strains which European imperialism placed on the identities of indigenous peoples who served as functionaries within imperialist infrastructures- all done with a workaday touch. Johnson attempts to please both classes of people- pining for Christmas in an England he has never known, yet secretly slipping out of his English shoes before entering the village so as not to upset the sensibilities of his fellow Nigerians. A really well-told tale of tragic identity crisis.
BUT, while I recommend this very good film- especially for educational purposes- to anyone interested in imperialism, I will try to buy it on VHS thanks to the previous reviewer's scouting efforts."
Zeb | indiana,USA | 07/13/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The story line is decent and entertaining enough but the Video quality is very poor. I'm not sure when this was put onto DVD but it should be redone. Perhaps I got a bootlegged copy because mine was so poor that it didn't even have the ending on it, I'm sitting there watching him be weighed in the chair and then it just stopped. The DVD was purchased from Amazon so I doubt it is bootlegged."