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Re: 2014 Movie "Swallows and Amazons"

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Posted by Ed Kiser on March 25, 2017 at 07:52:05 user Kisered.

In Reply to: Re: 2014 Movie "Swallows and Amazons" posted by Dave Thewlis on March 25, 2017 at 07:18:57:

1974 version of S&A movie was quite understandable. The sound quality of the latest version just "swallowed" the sounds to the level of just noise, with an occasional word slipping by as understandable. Maybe ENGLISH as spoken in the Mother Country has shifted that far during these past few decades. When the 1974 version first came out, I was able to obtain a video TAPE to play on my VCR in a mode compatible with US requirements. That tape is to me a precious possession.

Perhaps the process of transferring the video from one medium to another caused the quality of the sound to become a bit damaged. I saw a YOUTUBE version. This problem did not seem to hurt the 1974 version on YOUTUBE however. The sound this time seemed to be just a NOISE, and it is quite natural to say that "A NOISE ANNOYS".

I also noticed in this new version that the camera action was very much UP CLOSE with very brief snap shifting quickly to the next glimpse. I was seemingly always shifting my point of view to the next point of interest, without the time it takes to discover just what that point might be, only to have the scene flip again. It was irritating. In real life, we quite often have out eyes flicking back at forth, from one point of interest to another with only brief moments on any one point, but for the camera to act like my eye movement was tiresome and irritating. I'll not be making the mistake of trying to view this new version any time soon. Much better to go read the book. That has always been a delightful experience.

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