Long Kiss Goodnight observations

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  1. Sean Patrick

    Sean Patrick Supporting Actor

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    since getting a progressive scan dvd player, i've been revisting some of the older dvd's that came out in 1997 and 1998 to see who they stand up (especially after people are saying HEAT is a good looking disc for something that came out in 1999, something i strongly disagree with).

    Anyway, last night I watched THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, the ultimate guilty pleasure. I was amazed at how good this disc SOUNDS, it's probably one of the best discs i've heard in a long time! I was also pleasantly surprised by the image - in fact, if they had dual-layered it, it would have been hard to beat.

    But i noticed one strange thing - the black bars on my 16:9 tv were much larger on this dvd than any other 2.35:1 dvd's. was this movie shot in a wider apsect ratio? i was even more surprised to see that it was open matte after looking at the pan and scan version. The pan and scan virtually takes NO picture away from the sides, and adds everything to the top and bottom. The widescreen version is of course preferred, but to have detail stand up when cropped to 2.35:1 when shot open-matte is surprising.
     
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  3. Sean Patrick

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    well you know, i would, but i don't have a LD player anymore. PQ didn't live up to today's standards on my 16:9.
     
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    They look very good on my 4:3 HDTV. [​IMG]
    That acknowledged, I generally take an anamorphic transfer over DTS sound, I mostly use LD for titles that you can't get on DVD.
    But the DTS version of Long Kiss Goodnight really does sound fantastic.
     
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    I also found Long Kiss Goodnight's framing much better on the "full frame" side, the widescreen side seemed way over matted. That said, I own a widescreen set, so I'll never watch the open matte version.
     
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    Long Kiss Goodnight is an awesome movie that is very underrated. This is a favorite at my house.
     
  8. T r o y

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    I owned the LD of LKG in DTS and it sounded unbelievable!!!!!! Awesome!!! Very Dynamic ! I just hope they will go back and give this awesome action flick a SE with DTS to boot!!!
    Later !
    T r o y
     
  9. Ernesto Santos

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    As far as the larger black bars could it be because this disc is not anamorphic? I use an HTPC (I am able to scale the image to suit) and all my older discs that are non-anamorphic seem to be wider than the anamorphic ones.
     
  10. Sean Patrick

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    hmm...well, my RP91 scales nonanamorphic discs, and the box makes no mention of 16:9 enhancement, but it sure *looked* anamorphic, and the few reviews i could find of the disc mentioned that i t was anamorphic.
     
  11. Sean Patrick

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    well, i checked a few more reviews and they only say it's letterboxed. if this is the case, it's by far the best case of scaling my RP91 has ever done, and probably the best nonanamorphic disc i've ever seen (it used to be The Game).
     
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    The Long Kiss Goodnight on DVD is definitely anamorphically enhanced. A very good disc, with a killer soundtrack.

    Adam
     
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  14. David Lambert

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    I've thought from time-to-time about picking this up. I see it all the time for about $15. I always thought I'd wait till it got to under $10.
    Y'all are SERIOUSLY changing my mind here.... [​IMG]
     
  15. T r o y

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    Any word on a Special Edition of this flick ?
     
  16. David Lambert

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    Hey, I just picked this up today for a mere $9.96 at Wal-Mart!
    Definately anamorphic on the WS side.
    There's a whole bunch of other OAR titles on that $9.96 display. Check the Weekly Roundup for a complete list, obtained while being eyed with suspicion by Wal-Mart employees! [​IMG]
     
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    figured i'd resurrect this thread. any word on an SE of this one in the works? love this flick!
     
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  19. TonyD

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    so is cut throat island.
     
  20. Colton

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    "Oh, honey, only four inches?"
    "You'll feel me."

    I love that exchange. Great movie!

    - Colton
     

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