Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story - Anamorphic?

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  1. MarkHastings

    MarkHastings Executive Producer

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    I'm almost positive that this movie just came out January 6, 2004, but when I watched it last night, it was 2.35:1 non-anamorphic.

    Now, my DVD player is out for repairs and I had to use my old DVD player (which I never had problems with), and the movie wasn't anamorphic. Can anyone confirm this? My player was set correctly and has played other anamorphic movies correctly, but I was shocked that a brand new DVD wasn't done anamorphically.
     
  2. Joshua Moran

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    Dragon came out in 98 it was one of Universal's original DVDs. I am not aware of a newer version.
     
  3. Jordan_E

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    Nope, this is an oldie. Good movie, but I hardly watch since it isn't anamorphic. Man, have I gotten spoiled over the years! In my LD days, I was grateful for OAR, now I'm upset over movies like THE THING because they're not anamorphic.
     
  4. MarkHastings

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    I know! The jagged lines from stretching it to fit my 16x9 tv was tough to get through. I just kept imagining how much better it would be in anamorphic format.
     
  5. Gary Palmer

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    In terms of content and supplemental materials, this would qualify as one of the very best DVD's ever released if the movie itself had been masterd anamorphically. It's still a good quality print, and I'm glad to have it in the original ratio (with thunderous 5.1 sound!), but I'd be first in the queue for an anamorphic upgrade, with all the same extras, and more besides!! A hell of a movie, and still a worthwhile DVD, but it could have been just that little bit better if they'd gone anamorphic.

    Actually, make that a HELL of a lot better!!
     
  6. MarkHastings

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    I think that's what threw me. With all the extras, I couldn't believe that it was that old and figured it was a new release. If it didn't have all the extras and a 5.1 soundtrack, I'd assume it was just an old title and never would have written this thread.

    In relevance to the thread about the 7th year of DVD, it's hard to imagine that were at the point where you could buy a DVD and run into the issue of it being "OLD" and almost obsolete. [​IMG] I would LOVE to be able to watch this again, but I just couldn't handle the shakiness from stretching it to fit my 16x9 tv.
     
  7. PerryD

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    You also have to remember that those early Universal Special Edition DVDs were ports from $70-$100 laserdisc box sets, so they still seemed like a bargain at $35 MSRP (which was a full $10 more than the Warner/MGM/New Line special editions of the time).
     
  8. MarkHastings

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    Now that you mention it, I do remember Lindas voice over at the beginning and she referred to this as the "Laserdic" edition. So it was obviously a transfer from LD to DVD.
     
  9. Gary Palmer

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    "You also have to remember that those early Universal Special Edition DVDs were ports from $70-$100 box sets, so they still seemed like a bargain at $35 MSRP (which was a full $10 more than the Warner/MGM/New Line special editions of the time)."

    Absolutely! A great movie, fantastic supplements (how did they cram so much onto ONE disc??!!), and an UTTERLY BARGAIN price!! Incredible stuff, one of the jewels in my DVD collection.
     
  10. Andrew Bunk

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    Just watched this last night. Forgot how enjoyable this film was!

    I have to say it looked more like 2.20:1 than 2.35:1. IMDB says 2.35, but I wonder if that is correct. Would love a 16x9 transfer.
     
  11. Andrew Bunk

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    Just watched this last night. Forgot how enjoyable this film was!

    I have to say it looked more like 2.20:1 than 2.35:1. IMDB says 2.35, but I wonder if that is correct. Would love a 16x9 transfer.
     
  12. Jeannette Walsh

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    Must be me then. I thought this movie was terrible. It didn't catch the essence of Bruce at all.
     
  13. Jeannette Walsh

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    Must be me then. I thought this movie was terrible. It didn't catch the essence of Bruce at all.
     
  14. Andrew Radke

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    I absolutely love this movie. I saw it 4 times in the theatre, including the sneak preview showing a week prior to the official release.

    I loved everything about this movie, especially the stellar fight sequences. I don't own this yet on DVD, but I plan on getting it. The question is, should I grab the exsisting release now, or hold out for an anamorphic release? In the meantime, I'll hold on to my worn VHS copy. lol.
     
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    I absolutely love this movie. I saw it 4 times in the theatre, including the sneak preview showing a week prior to the official release.

    I loved everything about this movie, especially the stellar fight sequences. I don't own this yet on DVD, but I plan on getting it. The question is, should I grab the exsisting release now, or hold out for an anamorphic release? In the meantime, I'll hold on to my worn VHS copy. lol.
     
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    This has been on HD NET's Movie channel lately, so I presume an anamporphic High Def Transfer has been done...
     
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    This has been on HD NET's Movie channel lately, so I presume an anamporphic High Def Transfer has been done...
     
  18. Andrew Bunk

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    Andrew,

    Universal has been doing a lot of catalog re-releases with new transfers, so my advice would be to rent it and wait for a new version.
     
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    Andrew,

    Universal has been doing a lot of catalog re-releases with new transfers, so my advice would be to rent it and wait for a new version.
     
  20. Robert Dunnill

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    Get a Hitachi 51F500; anamorphic and non-anamorphic look pretty much alike. [​IMG]

    I used to have problems like you describe, until I switched to a home theater PC. Now, non-anamorphic just means a somewhat softer image.

    RD
     

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