Richard III is is a compelling cinematic adaptation of the Shakespeare play about power and political intrigue. Richard III (McKellen) is a charismatic malcontent who fights for the throne of England with a delicious mix of treachery, seduction, and murder. This intriguing release, however has one distinctive twist: the characters and action are taken out of their original setting and the story has been re-imagined in a Europe of the 1930
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD is quite impressive, and exhibits an improved picture over the reference quality LaserDisc reviewed in Issue 22. Colors are stylized to enhance the look of the 1930s, with warm tones and excellent balance. Blacks are deep and solid. With so many rich, fully saturated hues, clarity is impressively rendered. Images are sharp and detailed, with excellent contrast and shadow delineation. Despite the occasional soft focus and infrequent shimmer, the picture will surely delight. Edge enhancement is rarely a factor. Occasional source element artifacts are noticed. (Suzanne Hodges)
I read WSR to keep current with the latest A/V gear and technology, gain greater understanding of what's relevant to having a great home theatre, and filter out what's not. Learning that there are levels of quality product (not just bound by price), and once quality is established, it's more about how sight and sound appeal to individual taste.