Finally...'King Kong' on 01/20/09

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by David Wilkins, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. David Wilkins

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    Since it is only $30 I won't complain that the Production Diaries are not included. I was expecting a $70 set with everything, but, if that was what was released I honestly wouldn't be able to afford it right now. So, good.
     
  3. Jim_K

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    Whaa??? Theatrical and Extended? Ah a worthy upgrade from the HD DVD. Who says size doesn't matter?

    Hopefully this is an "official" official announcement. You never know these days.
     
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    Considering its Universal and so far, I consider their BDs among the best...the DTS track that "should" be included (which was not in the original SD DVDs)should be nothing short of staggering...

    I do think the lack of extras is disappointing. Even though it has both cuts, the fact that..."Extras carried over to the Blu-ray will see only a single audio commentary with Jackson and screenwriter/producer Philip Boyen (on the extended version only)." is a let down.
     
  5. David Wilkins

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    I agree to some extent. But having both cuts, DTS-MA sound, with a very appealing price tag...is very welcome news.

    No doubt, at some point we'll get a super-duper, all-inclusive edition. But this will do nicely in the meantime.
     
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    Could the title of this thread be updated to show that this is the 2005 version and not the 1933 (or 1976) versions?
     
  7. Brandon Conway

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    Never got around to getting the DVD because HD was starting to emerge, and never got HD-DVD because I never got into the format.

    I will definitely purchase this day one. [​IMG]
     
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    I'll replace my HD DVD for the lossless audio and extended cut buy why didn't they just make it a 2 discer and include the 3 hour making of documentary???? Poor move....
     
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    Agreed. I'll be getting this one as well, especially since I never got into HD-DVD.

    I guess this just means I'll keep my existing 2-disc SE DVD indefinitely. That's what I planned to do in certain cases anyway partly for the missing extra features on some BDs and partly for (infrequent) occasions when BD playback would not be feasible (yet).

    _Man_
     
  10. TravisR

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    Same here.
     
  11. David Wilkins

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    The timing will certainly be a shot in the arm for post-holiday sales. They're going to sell a small mountain of these things.
     
  12. Travis Brashear

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    Universal is a class act when it comes to video/audio quality but, in terms of doing right by providing consumers previously available bonus features, they represent the absolute embarrassing bottom of the barrel.
     
  13. TonyD

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    i have abbout everything in extras already so i'll be happy with this release.
    now what to do with the hd dvd copy.
     
  14. Mark Cappelletty

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    I couldn't agree with you more. I'm happy to be rid of my HD-DVD copy, but if I want to keep even the bare minimum special features (deleted scenes, the gag reel, the bit with Frank Darabont and Rick Baker), I have to hold on to the 2006 Extended Edition.

    I sincerely doubt they'll put a deluxe version of this out anytime.

    I'm glad I didn't get rid of my HD-DVD copy of THE THING; the Blu-Ray takes the awesome documentary and shoehorns it into a U-Control video track! Bleah.
     
  15. David Coleman

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    I'll get this one. I've a feeling that when the BD is released we'll have a new reference track insofar as audio is concerned. I salivate at that thought!

    I always felt the HD DVD has outstanding video quality, so I look for the BD to do equally if not slightly better due to a higher bandwidth.

    More exciting than the lossless upgrade is the chance to have both versions of the film.

    On my definite TO BUY list.
     
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    This is good news, both cuts, lets hope they do the same for the Lord of the Rings films.
     
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    Can't wait. Hope all the extras are there in menu selectable format and not chopped into u-control hell tho!!!!
     
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    On the one hand, I enjoyed the PiP-type thing and related BD-J features somewhat for a couple releases so far, including Leatherheads. But on the other hand, it does seem like the whole thing is a serious mixed bag w/ lots of room for improvement in general -- it really depends on the exact implementation for each release.

    For instance, the so-called "Smart Takes" feature/version of Get Smart w/ "62% more laughs" really didn't work for me at all. IMHO, the whole thing kills all the comic timing period and essentially renders the point more or less moot. [​IMG] Of course, I often find gag reels not all that funny anyway because they may be presented out of needed/proper context (though some do work as is anyhow), but this particular version of this approach definitely seems far worse -- OR maybe I just didn't give it enough of a chance(?). [​IMG]


    RE: Ron-P's hope for LotR, well, The Bits already reported rumor that the release likely coming in 2009 will probably just be the theatrical version w/ rumors suggesting that Peter Jackson wants to wait for the theatrical run of The Hobbit before releasing some superduper version w/ the Extended Edition. If that's the case, I *might* only pick up RotK when it comes out (at least initially anyway).

    _Man_
     
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    I have this on hd-dvd and am down for getting the blu-ray version for the extended cut.

    Hopefully this doesn't turn out to be a Universal DNR title where it could look as good/better than the hd-dvd but DNR gets added so it looks worse. Universal's blu-ray catch-up titles have been hit or miss so who knows how this will be....
     
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    The DD+ is allready reference, so I think it is safe to say that the DTS-MA track will definately be reference. I still hold the DD+ track on the HD-DVD as one of the best sound experiences on either format. It can only get better with DTS-MA. [​IMG]
     

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