...not worth the money I paid for it. My credit card was ultimately charged 50 dollars (including international shipping - for a Canadian movie?)
Unless I am missing some secret menu, all you get is a 49 minute movie (which starts immediately - no menu). I can get three hour Hollywood movies for 15 dollars, I think the price on this is excessive, especially since more could have been added - extra features that would have been nice to see would include
a) a catalogue listing of all the newsreels produced, with numbers and titles
b) why not include the actual newsreels themselves, or at least some of them; even a stills gallery or a DVD-ROM component with photos would have been good - they claim 1 million photos were taken so why not put some of the more unknown ones "out there"? Like the colour photos Bell took of D-Day? (I also don't think the remark that Bell's photos were the "only" colour photos of D-Day were accurate, but am not sure; I've seen colour photos taken shortly before D-Day of US Rangers after embarkation for example, and G.R. Stevens of the Americans shot colour motion picture footage, some of which has been reproduced as stills - so maybe Bell did have the only colour stills from that day?)
As for the production itself, some really good interviews with guys who were there. O'Regan could have made this whole thing a love letter to his father but didn't, which is admirable. The presentation was well balanced and informative. Some good facts and figures and some brief bios of important figures.
I understand the costs of putting together an independent product like this, hence the price tag and offshore printing, but have to believe with a little bit extra effort in obtaining some extras, this product would be a lot easier to sell.
Anyone else have a similar reaction?
EDIT - just reread the interview with O'Regan again. 25 dollars a second for stock footage is steep, but surely this doesn't apply to the Canadian stuff? I noticed some US footage in the film, which I thought odd, but am betting the colour D-Day films were Stevens' (he had a crew on the Commonwealth beachs, also) which is probably where the expense came?
Not to put down the excellent research and documentation job O'Regan did, but I think the low number of sales (56 copies from the CWM at the time of the interview) might be explained by that.
This message has been edited by dorosh on May 4, 2006 9:11 AM