a review of this BURNED dvd, not the film (great film!)
Never written a review before but I thought I should warn other potential Scorsese fans that this is a BURNED dvd-r, not the original official pressed DVD (that a friend has). Some dvd players do not play these types of discs well, so please be aware of that (my Sony CD player does not play burned CDs, for example).
Also I should note that burned DVDs (like CDs) are not archival quality and do not last forever. So I really don't feel like I've purchased something that will sit in my collection and can be watched 20 years from now...
That's only the beginning of the problems I had with this...
I was *very* excited to purchase this because I watched it years ago and it's so inspiring hearing Scorsese talk about the films he grew up with that influenced him. I did not purchase this knowing that it's a burned DVD, since from what I can see, there is only 1 line mentioning this and it's squeezed in between a lot of information.
I will say they did a nice job of the packaging. Definitely looks professional. The glue they used was kind of cheap, or something, because the plastic wrap actually stuck to the side of my DVD (i have a lot of discs at home and never had this ever happen). When I put in 'disc 1' i was treated to "part 3" of the film, which confused my friend and I... I then proceeded to put in 'disc 2', which had the beginning of the film. Strike one.
Strike two came when after viewing part 1, we could NOT find part 2 of the film! The original release of this DVD had part 1 and 2 on both sides of the disc, so the menu says to 'flip over the disc for part 2'. This release has printed stickers on both discs, thus part 2 is missing. so 1/3rd of the film is not present...
Also I should note that there were a few artifact errors in several places in the film. This is also a reflection of the DVD process (burned vs pressed). If you've ever burned your own DVD video discs, you'll have seen this from time to time. Not a huge deal, but also not the quality you would be getting from a retail pressed release.
Needless to say, I'm trying to figure out how to get my money back and also will be actively looking for these "DVD-R Note: This product is manufactured on demand when ordered from Amazon.com." notes!
As a film, I think this is an amazing experience for film/Scorsese lovers. There's nothing like an honest trip down memory lane with one of the greatest living American filmmakers. Scorsese is known as a film encyclopedia and this demonstrates his knowledge with a personal touch. Highly, highly recommended!
Hope this was helpful to someone!