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Rough Cuts

I appreciate Calendar taking its time to review “The Forgotten,” broadcast on the USA Network. However, your critic should be more honest with your readers.

It is common practice in television to send out what is known as a rough cut; this is generally a work print of the film, not color corrected, without music, sound effects and optical effects, etc.

The reason rough cuts are sent out to be reviewed in television is that most productions are rushed to make the air date. Hence, critics are given the opportunity to critique the film with the understanding that the story and acting are what should be focused on.

In his April 26 review, Ray Loynd criticizes the lighting. In all fairness, his review should have begun, “I am reviewing a rough cut . . . and I have made the following opinions.”

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JAMES KEACH

Universal City


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