Saturday, February 28, 2009
THREE AND A HALF FLIES?
I have the Mya DVD of FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET and will be watching the totality soon and reporting back here, but already there are noises on message boards that the Mya DVD may be slightly botched.
At this time, these seem to be the main problems:
1) The English audio is problematic. It seems in a lower register (slowed down), with the dialog being on occasion hard to make out or even absent in one snippet.
2) There are about 40 seconds missing. These missing seconds are from transition scenes, with the next scene being noticeably too quickly cut into.
On the plus side, the film looks the best it ever has on the video or DVD format, and the Mya DVD reinstates a minute and a half of footage cut from the original English release.
I've spot checked the disc and wasn't bothered by any lower register vocals, but my review was too hasty and brief to accurately access if there is a genuine problem here and not just an issue emerging from the general perfectionist pickiness over DVDs that message boards can burrow into.
Some message board members have expressed the hope that Mya will fix the problems for a replacement disc, but, given Mya's austerity and lack of contact information, I don't think this will happen.
More on this release forthcoming.
Posted by Mirek at 2:48 PM