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The Complete Interviews
Starring: David Frost, Richard Nixon
Running Time: 400 minutes
Studio: Liberation Entertainment
Retail Price: $39.99
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Mono, Spanish Mono, Chapter Selection, Two-Disc Set
Released: April 28th, 2009
These complete, videotaped interviews between David Frost and Richard Nixon are presented in 1.33:1 full screen, just as they were filmed. (The back of the keepcase lists full screen, but for some reason the side of the two discs indicate 16x9.) The picture quality is a little above average, and is a bit on the soft side. The limited colors look okay, and while fleshtones don't seem entirely accurate all the time on both men - they look decent for the most part. Still, you're probably not checking out this set for the video quality. History is what you're after.
The interviews are presented in English Mono. This is as simple as you can get: two men, just talking, in a room. With that said, all the words that come out Richard Frost's and Richard Nixon's mouths sound clear and are easy to hear. For what it is, fidelity is decent too.
The back of the keepcase indicates that there are English 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks too. This is a mistake - mono is the only game in town.
Perfectly timed to the release of the 2008 "Frost/Nixon" feature's release on DVD and Blu-ray, history buffs should be fascinated by the wealth of material here - and it certainly makes for a good comparison of what actually happened on camera to what's in Ron Howard's movie. While the audio and video presentation is fine for this older program (not that you're buying this for a top grade presentation), there are no extras to speak of. With that noted, the 40 dollar retail price is a little tough to swallow despite all the content. More casual fans curious about the interviews and/or looking to make comparisons may want to check out the edited versions of the Watergate interviews, also released by Liberation last year. It's not everything, but still relevant when it comes to the movie - not to mention cheaper.