Official DVD at last! BUT..
This is one of my favourite films. And now, finally, it has been released on DVD.
The DVD was released by the German arm of Warner Bros Home Video, which means the packaging and menus are all in German, but of course you can select English as the spoken language (German being the default). The only small drawback in this is that in the few (very funny) Hungarian exchanges you do not get English subtitles (whereas if you were watching it in German you do indeed get German subtitles for those bits of dialogue). Shame.
I was a bit apprehensive when I received the DVD from Amazon.de and noticed the sticker, "NICHT DIGITALLY REMASTERED". The transfer isn't fantastic, but the picture quality is more than tolerable, certainly better than on laserdisc, and lightyears better than VHS! I suspect they used a master prepared for the laserdisc release but that the flaws are just more apparent in the superior DVD medium. The sound is (quite good) stereo (no surround options), but I thought I noticed some sloppy syncronisation in some places, especially the sung bits, that I hadn't noticed in Laserdisc or VHS incarnations. There are no extras.
Even with all these reservations I'm THRILLED to finally have Meeting Venus on DVD. The finale of the film (and of Tannhauser) had the same moving effect as always, greatly enhanced by the clarity the DVD medium offers.
But I do hope that someday, Warner Brothers will give this wonderful but hugely underrated film the DVD release it deserves. Sadly this is not it. But it will do for now...