Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I received the Warner Archive DVD of Paul Simon’s One Trick Pony earlier this week, and I thought I would post a brief report on it. On the negative side, it is a DVD-R and the artwork is fairly plain and unimaginative, also the static main menu for the actual disc reminds me of some of the menus that graced so many early DVDS in the late nineties. There are no extras to speak of, save an advertisement for the Archives Series at the beginning of the disc. At 19.99 the disc is also overpriced and I hope that Warner’s might eventually lower the prices of these, or begin offering bulk deals of some sorts.
Now the good stuff: The film looks terrific and it was such a pleasure being able to watch it finally in widescreen the other night, plus the two channel stereo mix is solid if not earth shattering. I continue to be extremely impressed by the film, and re-watching it the other night reminded me of how big of an impact it had on me as a youth, particularly the last shot which probably helped shape the person I am perhaps more than I ever imagined.
Pricing and packaging aside I am quite thrilled with what Warner’s is doing. I am a bit concerned about the longevity of the disc as it is finally just a burned copy, but I trust Warners has at least gone to the trouble of using the best equipment and media for the copy they could. I can’t wait to see the next batch of titles the Archives will offer, and for now I am thrilled to finally have a decent copy of One-Trick Pony on disc.