Flawed Transfer of a Flawed Film of a 'Flawed' Man
May 29, 2006
All of the other reviews have already touched on the subject of the flawed transfer of this terrific story detailing a handful of significant events in the life of the ever elusive Nikolai Tesla, but, in perfect honesty, it is worth noting once again: this transfer's audio and video quality are atrocious, with the sound alternating between 'tinny' and 'bass' and the picture flickering with what appears to be a horrible video original. Tesla has always been a subject gravitating between 'myth' and 'legend,' and, while this screenplay does try to do some justice to the man's life pursuits, it chalks up much of his discoveries as unexplainable inspiration -- fleeting fancies of genius never explored or understood. There's always far more to genius than that (as one could surmise from Tesla and Thomas A. Edison's disagreements), but, unfortunately, this story doesn't offer much. Also, the film's sole explanation provided by the character of Tesla is, sadly, presented in German ... WITH NO SUBTITLES FOR THOSE OF US WHO CAN'T SPEAK IT! The film's greatest strength is presenting Tesla as a subject who deserves greater study; besides that, RENT it, if you can find it, and don't make the investment. A better transfer would be necessary to justify this purchase price.
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