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"I've purchased several other budget DVDs of "Guilty Conscience" (from other companys such as Direct Video), and this double feature release has the best picture quality of all of these so far. But this isn't saying much, because the video/audio quality still leaves a lot to be desired. Worst of all, this double feature DVD has several technical problems that are very annoying. (At first I thought that I had a defective copy, so I bought another one and experienced the same problems.) What are the problems? First, after the first 20 minutes or so of "Guilty Conscience", the video "jumps" and you completely skip a scene where the Blythe Danner character is supposedly shot by her husband. For some reason, you cannot key in a reverse chapter jump or scan. Also, throughout the rest of the movie, there are occasional spots where the picture just freezes (on its own) for a few seconds. Very, very bad technical flaws in this DVD.However, you're either going to have take it or leave this DVD, because this is the only way you can get this wonderful movie on DVD. Hopefully, a major company that cares about the products they release will reissue this movie on DVD, but since this movie is, I believe, out in the public domain, it's not very likely this will happen.Anyway, buy this DVD at your own risk if you like this movie."
AVOID THIS DVD!
D. Drane | Silverton, OR USA | 12/17/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Avoid this DVD! As another reviewer said, it's remarkable bad. I wish I'd read his comments before I bought mine. I recommend buying instead a used VHS tape from a rental store. Its quality will be far better than this DVD.The DVD is a poor transcription of a second- or third-generation videotape. It has the tape's tracking problems. The colors are very weak. It is blurry to the degree that you want to say it has *no* resolution. The audio is terrible. Besides being blurry, we had to adjust our volume control to full volume to be able to hear much of it."
Anthony Hopkins Fans--Alert!!!!
firstname.lastname@example.org | Grand Rapids, Michigan | 01/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Possibly the most overlooked Anthony Hopkins performance ever. Please check this one out (my favorite DVD find!). He plays multiple roles, in an ala Columbo murder mystery (we-already-know-"who-done-it"). He's a lawyer trying to figure out how to do away with Blythe Danner (his wife). He has Swoozie Kurtz on the side. Hopkins fan, you say? This is an absolute must then, I say."
skullhappy | usa | 03/27/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Before watching "Guilty Conscience", one must first come to terms with the DVD's technical problems. The picture is bad, it looks like a 16th generation VHS tape, not a DVD. The sound is horrid, one must crank the volume way up. It's a TV movie from 1985, so there are Princess Di haircuts, huge shoulder pads, and a rhythm to the admittedly smart dialogue that viewers used to today's television might find strange.
Okay, enough of the bad. The good news is that I liked this movie much more than I ever thought I would. Anthony Hopkins gives a wonderful and inspired performance as Arthur Jameson, a wife-beating, two timing, crooked lawyer who plots to [do away with] his black mailing wife. He is great, and it is always a joy to watch him, especially when he's so YOUNG! His character even says "Quid pro quo", which alone is worth the price of the DVD.
Sir Tony is a delight, and he looks gorgeous.
Since this is the only way I know of to see this good flick, I would recommend it."
A major technical disappointment.
skullhappy | 05/25/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I suppose it's a good vehicle for Hopkins, but the DVD version suffers terribly from technical problems. The audio track is weak and the video looks like a twice copied VHS tape. I couldn't get past the poor technical quality to really enjoy the film."