Following mct16’s mention of Tintin and the Lake of Sharks streaming on the Tintin.com site
, the movie now playing is the Belvision Prisoners of the Sun
(I didn’t notice, but I guess it changed at the start of the month).
It has to be said that the presentation of the picture for this version of Prisoners
is top-notch - a side-by-side comparison shows it to be much clearer and crisper than the copy I have on DVD. The colour has also been greatly adjusted for the better - just watching the title sequence shows how dirty yellows have been returned to clean whites, and blues are deeper and richer. In fact so different are some colours that I almost wonder if the titles have been remade for this version.
It’s possible that it’s a new print, but as it has blemishes which don’t appear on the DVD (watch for a flicker as a crack or scratch goes past on the streaming version at about the 40 second mark - it doesn’t appear on the DVD) it could be that they both worked from an existing copy, and Anchor Bay removed blemishes digitally, or that they are –more simply– just from different sources.
I’m also not a fan of spurious wide-screen, and the on-line version has been cropped to change the aspect ratio, removing the top and a little from the bottom in doing so; on the DVD you can clearly see a blue pelmet running across the top of the stage during the opening moments - on the net it is completely absent.
The sound isn’t quite as bright, however, and perhaps is a bit more “hissy” than the DVD, but it is fine.
My only real difficulty was that the video didn’t want to play in Firefox on my Mac (v.16.0.2 on an iMac 3.06MHz Intel Core 2 Duo, running OS 10.7.4), appearing to buffer and load, but not going any further, but it does
work in Chrome on the same machine.
You might be able to get to the movie page from this link
; however it may be, having done that, that you are asked to choose your location, which could take you to the home-page.
To navigate to the movie from there, click on “About” in the on-screen menu bar, and once on the next page choose “Videos” in the bottom of the side-bar menu. This takes you to the “Cartoon of the month” page (an episode of the Ellipse-Nelvana series), and you should see icons below for other available videos.
If you do go and look at the movie, I’d also suggest watching the documentary entitled Le Petit Vingtième: Tintin and the 20th Century
, which is available from the same page; it was produced in 1995, and directed by Claude Haim, and is being shown with an English-language voice-over.
It’s very well made, and if I don’t entirely
agree with its conclusions, it is well worth a watch.