Dersu Uzala from RUSCICO

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  1. Talal

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  2. Rain

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    Why do these guys insist on splitting short films over 2 discs? Damn, that's annoying.
     
  3. alan halvorson

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    There is already a release of this title by Image, although it's rather pricey. I own it, but haven't watched it so I can't tell you how it looks/sounds.
     
  4. Rain

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    Unfortunately, the problem with the Image DVD is that it is non-anamorphic. At 2.35:1 that's a bit annoying as well. [​IMG]
     
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    The Image DVD also has a fair amount of print damage and isn't exactly sharp.

    I'll believe it when it's out, this has been delayed since at least 3rd quarter of last year and several of the Ruscico releases have been problematic.
     
  6. Talal

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    well, this isn't good news.. i have the aforementioned dvd of dersu.. a heckuvalot of print damage, and of course... the dreaded non-anamorphism.

    i was hoping ruscico would be doing ALOT better...
     
  7. alan halvorson

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    So - can anyone tell me about the quality of the Criterion LD of this title?
     
  8. Talal

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    ruscico site lists the dvd as released now..
    anyone want to pony up a review??

    i can't afford to buy this sight unseen, as much as i love the movie.
     
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  10. Luc

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    Do you guys order from this Ruscico site? Where is it based and are they reliable? Where else can I purchase Ruscico movies.

    I found have several Ruscico movies at a local Fry's Electronic. Does anyone know any other stores that carries them?
     
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    The Image release of DU is identical to the Criterion LD in terms of source material quality (or lack thereof). I don't know what the source of this new disc is, but I understood (at least according to Criterion) that the version they used was actually the best they could find.
     
  12. Brook K

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    The Ruscico likely looks very good, their release of Andrei Rublev looked significantly better than the Criterion (though it was the 186m theatrical version rather than the 205m version Criterion released). But they have been known to monkey with the soundtracks quite a bit, sometimes creating a mix quite different from the directors intentions, like their just released Mirror and previous releases of Stalker and Andrei Rublev. Also some of their disc's, like Stalker, suffer very bad digital artifacting.

    I would definitely wait on reviews and never buy one of their discs without confirmation on the quality.
     
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    Has anyone got their hands on the Ruscico disc? Is it Region encoded?

    I am a sucker for this movie, but don't know if I can bring myself to purchasing the non-anamorphic Image disc which is pretty poor.
     
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    Thanks Terrance. I will just have to hold off on buying this with the hopes that a better transfer will be released some day.
     
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    This is making me I bit dubious about the forthcoming War and Peace from Ruscico which I've pre-ordered. Is it wise to cancel and wait for reviews?
     

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