Good movie decent transfer
John M. Clement | 06/21/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a love story, Civil war story surrounding the Merrimac and the Monitor. It is a good movie, with realistic twists. There is an element of thriller in this movie, as the viewer is involved in the fates of the characters whose lives and families are separated by the start of the war.
The transfer to DVD is fairly good for a "public domain" film, and the packaging is good. This copy is far preferable to the A2ZCDS transfer. Th Alpha video CD has the usual amount of dirt, and noise. By contrast the A2ZCDS CD suffers from signs of severe film deterioration and has obtrusive white bubbles which follow details of the image. A2ZCDS has the temerity to label their version as remastered, which it obviously is not.
It is unfortunate that the DVDs created from older films have not been processed by some of the superb software that removes stray dust and defects from the frames. But hopefully with time, and the reduction in cost of the software, much more watchable transfers from old films will be made."