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Kind Hearts and CoronetsR4

    The Region 1 version of this disc was released some short time back, and I eagerly picked it up (this film was earmarked for a place in my collection a long time ago). It is interesting to compare it with the new Region 4 release.

    The Region 4 disc is missing:

  • lengthy Alec Guinness bio
  • French soundtrack

    The Region 1 disc is missing:

  • some shadow detail

    There's not a lot to tell these two transfers apart, except that one is PAL and one is NTSC. For some reason I don't understand, I find the lower resolution of NTSC more obvious in black-and-white. The result is that the NTSC transfer looks a bit flat.

    I'd recommend the Region 4 disc over the Region 1, but if your system will only display NTSC, you should be suited well enough by the R1.