SRP $14.99 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 PARAMOUNT

This reviewer was excited at the prospect of “THE RED TENT” finally becoming available on dvd from PARAMOUNT.  Peter Finch and Sean Connery star in this Italian/Russian production about an Italian explorer and his tragic attempt to cross over the North Pole in a dirigible in 1928.  The narrative device involving a jury made up of the ghosts of the explorer’s crew is hard to swallow. Still, there are some sweeping, epic-like moments throughout the film and even with many flaws, it’s worth viewing.

Unfortunately, for reasons unexplained, PARAMOUNT elected not to offer the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio! Instead, we’re given a 1.85:1 ratio, which is absolutely cropping out a great deal of information in every scene! It’s mind boggling that a studio so dedicated in the past to preserving the correct ratio for films, has failed to do so here!

PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.  While there are some surround moments, most of the mix is delegated towards the front stage. A 2.0 mix is also included, offering more rear effects.