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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Perry Williams, Oct 9, 2001.
If so how is the picture quality.
The picture quality is sub-par. It is from a video master that is so old that it has whiskers. It is extremely soft with lots of both film and video artifacts. Soon after dropping $25 on this poor quality release, I realized that the old VHS tape I had rented from Hollywood Video was in better shape than I had realized - it was just from a poor master.
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Beware of the R1 NTSC which seems to 4:3 pan'n'scam!!
Sam Peckinpah has a certain visual style
which will be totally lost in 4:3.
I have the UK R2 PAL which is 1.85:1*anamorphic which
is of acceptable quality.
Cross of Iron is one of my favorite war films so I eagerly dropped $25 for the dvd when it first came out. Boy was I disappointed! Even to my untrained eyes, the disc featured a horrible transfer - yuck! I sold it off a few days later. The bad thing is, I doubt we'll see a re-release unless Anchor Bay gets hold of it. Hmmmm...
He thought on homeland, the big timber, the air thin and chill all the year long. Tulip poplars so big through the trunk they put you in mind of locomotives set on end. He thought of getting home and building him a cabin on Cold Mountain so high that not a soul but the nighthawks passing across the clouds in autumn could hear his sad cry. Of living a life so quiet he would not need ears. And if Ada would go with him, there might be the hope, so far off in the distance he did not even really see it, that in time his despair might be honed off to a point so fine and thin that it would be nearly the same as vanishing.
-- Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain
[Edited last by SteveGon on October 09, 2001 at 09:45 AM]
Looks like the R2 version is 11 minutes longer at 126 minutes and; "2 different versions were released in Germany - 122 and 132 minutes"
I may get the R2 version if I can't find the Germany 132 minute one or if it isn't in English.
I had a look at my UK R2 PAL again and it has a running
time of 126m59s which is equivalent of 132m17s
when compensating for the 24/25 fps speedup.
According to the book "Crucified Heroes: The Films of
SAM PECKINPAH", the movie had a running of 133m which
could very well mean anything between 132m1s and 133m0s.
According to the BBFC (UK):
- it had a running time of 132m55s when it passed uncut
in 1977 for a cinema release
- it had a running time of 126m58s when it passed uncut
in 1999 for a home video release
According to www.dvdinside.de, the German version
(Steiner - Das Eiserne Kreuz) is not anamorphic,
German DD1.0, no subtitles and has a running time of 125m.
Based on this, I think the UK R2 PAL is the best version
to pick if your setup supports R2 PAL.
[Edited last by RickardL on October 09, 2001 at 04:54 PM]