Based on the book by Henri Charriere, Papillon is the fictionalized story of Charriere
Compared to the LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 33, the anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits image quality that is noticeably sharper with finer details and definition. While the LaserDisc has a hazy appearance, the DVD is crisp, though still exhibiting a dated appearance. The brownish-orange fleshtones are slightly more subtle on the DVD, but still unnatural. Shadow delineation is wanting in better visual information in the dark scenes. Some scenes are revealing of film grain. Occasional edge enhancement is apparent, as is minor pixelization and artifacts, for a picture that is mediocre at best, but preferred to the LaserDisc.
The remastered Dolby
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