Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|A Walk In The Sun |
Actors: Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, George Tyne, John Ireland, Lloyd Bridges
Director: Lewis Milestone
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Military & War
The Fighting 36th! They fought best when it was hopeless! During the World War II Allied invasion of Italy, the film stars Dana Andrews as Sgt. Tyne, one of the officers leading an attack on a farmhouse in the Italian cou... more »
DVD quality incredibly poor
Sanford W. Bloom | 09/13/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)
"A Walk in the Sun may be a good movie, but this DVD is amazingly bad. It looks like Madacy made it from a 10th generation VHS tape. They are even moments when static, from the poor tracking of the source tape, is visible. On top of that DVD compression artifacts abound, and my new DVD player has a lot of difficulty playing the disc without pausing every few minutes. It's absolutely amazing how little pride Madacy apparently takes in its products. The one star rating is for the wretched DVD quality only."
"Nobody Dies," Best World War II Movie, Poorest DVD Quality
Sanford W. Bloom | USA | 01/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have watched this film trillions of times, and I own many VHS and Beta copies of it. I first saw it as a kid in the 1950's, and it is truly haunting. The dialogue, acting, tension buildup, realism, psychology, and photography/camera work are nothing short of superb. It is a film way ahead of its time, true to its genre, and probably the best/most realistic film to come out of WWII. Many of the ethnic/cultural stereotypes are quite good, even considering the absence of African-American roles, probably fairly accurate for the time. The depiction of war seems very genuine. Does anyone know what Dana Andrews meant when he said "4 ways from the jack?" What a shame that the DVD version by Madacy is so poor. There are video/digital dropouts, terrible sound, missing frames. The VHS and BETA versions are of better quality overall. There is no evidence of ANY Dolby Digital sound.I hope someone will recognize the true artistry of this film and issue it in a better DVD version.I would also recommend "The Best Years of Our Lives", although I don't know if it is out on DVD yet.Anyway, I rate this film as a "Must See/Own!""
Don't buy the DVD version!
Iain D. Mcdougall | Edinburgh, Scotland | 07/17/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Great film (though not as good as "Attack!"). However, don't, repeat DON'T buy the dvd version of this film. - The quality is simply appalling with a hugely bad compression ratio (honestly it's like watching a grainy movie clip on someone's website). The dvd also had a tendency to splutter to a stop on my dvd player. Now wonder the dvd is so cheap. I've no idea what the vhs video version is like, but it's got to be better than the dvd. 4 stars for the film overall but only 1 star for the dvd version!"
WW2 Italy and a combat platoon on the battlefield..!!
Seen Them All | SoCal Desert | 07/16/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This WW2 gem has been out in the public domain for many years. Those VHS/DVD's have been dark and grainy and some footage was cut. The movie is based on the bestselling novel of the same name. The story line follows a platoon that has just landed in Italy and is facing their first combat. Their objective is to drive inland from the beach and capture a German held farmhouse. Some very good action/combat sequences. The main story, however, is about the strain of combat and the responsibility of command....and doing your "duty". Good individual performances and overall a good (but NOT great) story of WW2. I am taking the mfg's word that the movie has been "restored", is "uncut", and is in better shape than the one in public domain. Once I view the DVD I'll add to this review.
UPDATED REVIEW...I have watched this DVD and compared it to the "public domain" copy I had before. This latest edition is sharp, crisp, and clear with good sound. It could be better if the original film stock were newer but considering the age (@1944) it is a vast improvement over the other. The scenes in the landing craft are still a bit dark but still very viewable. At least now you can see the actors and what they are doing when before there was a black screen. The daylight scenes are very good. Sound is better, too.
There are some extras such as commentary and actor profiles, etc. Overall a much improved version and well worth the money."