Surf Party (Fox Cinema Archives)
Fox Cinema Archives // Unrated // $19.98 // April 16, 2013
Review by Paul Mavis | posted May 3, 2013
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Unacceptable in 2013, particularly for a boutique line of DVDs that are, one would assume, made-to-order specifically for those discerning consumers who will not abide an altered image ratio. I wanted to give Surf Party a break and see if it looked okay cropped by my big-screen monitor (as did Fox's release of Raiders From Beneath the Sea). I seriously doubt Surf Party was shot in any kind of widescreen process, but even if you treat what appears on this disc as a genuine open matte, the resulting image still looks too tight on the monitor, with the tops of heads cut off, and information lost at the bottom (not to mention an unnecessarily grainy, blown-out image). Sorry―skip Surf Party.


Paul Mavis is an internationally published movie and television historian, a member of the Online Film Critics Society, and the author of The Espionage Filmography.



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