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The Last Picture Show (1971)
DVD quality not up to the original silver screen.
I was a film student in 1971 when I saw this masterpiece on the big screen. The very first thing I noticed was the quality of the black and white. The tones were that of a fine Ansel Adams photo... the silver glowing at you with breathtaking gradations. It was one of the best I'd ever seen. In color, it would have been a completely different experience. Jump forward more than 30 years and something is wrong. Either the transfer to DVD cannot bring us the fine tones of the original, or the original had degraded over time. I realize that it may be impossible to see it in its full glory because of technical limitations. However, the image I see now is worse than that of most of the B&W movies I've seen transferred to DVD from any era. It should be much better than it is here. So, in that respect, I was disappointed, as were others I had spoken with who had also seen the original screenings. I do hope Bogdanovich or someone else will consider a restored release some day. Otherwise, most of you will never experience what can be done with the extraordinary dimension and depth found in fine B&W by a master like Robert Surtees.
However, the story and most of the acting is as fresh as ever. Aside from Cybill Shepherd, who, unfortunately, appears to have been cast only because she was the babe of the times, Cloris Leachman's gripping performance is a reason to see this movie. It's one of the best I've ever seen and still chokes me up when I see it. Very highly recommended for that alone.