Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Let It Be from BBC
There's a new DVD transfer of the Let It Be movie "going the rounds" in collectors' circles. It's sourced from a video cassette taped from the last screening of the film on BBC in the UK (BBC2 Saturday 8th May 1982, 3:10-4:27pm), and the tape has not been viewed since it was recorded. Here's a comparison of various versions:
Sourced from the official laser disc (USA)
Sourced from an official VHS (Germany)
Sourced from the BBC 1982 screening
Composite:The bigger picture is the german version, blue frame=laser disc, green frame = BBC.
So far, it looks like the german version is the winner, it keeps the colours and is in the correct 16mm aspect ratio. Too bad it has those german subtitles. The laser disc is from the cinema print, which was blown up to 35 mm (it was filmed with 16 mm movie cameras), resulting in a cropped picture. The BBC version is not bad, it looks good on a big widescreen TV because it has a bigger picture size: 931 x 570 pixels as opposed to the other two, 640 x 480 and 618 x 480, respectively. It's a bit more subdued in the colour department, but looks quite lifelike. The thing with how much of the image we're supposed to see is that we would have to second-guess what director Michael Lindsay-Hogg envisioned for the film.
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