Sony's BROWN BUNNY DVD - Why Superbit?

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  1. Jon Martin

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    I rented Vincent Gallo's infamous BROWN BUNNY from Netflix, just out on DVD.

    Can anyone explain why Sony released this as a Superbit title?

    The film was very low budget, very grainy. Why did this deserve that treatment when so many others don't?

    The DVD looks probably as good as it could possibly look, but it also looks like a low budget movie.

    As for the film, I didn't like it as much as BUFFALO 66. But, I didn't hate it. The big finale was way too explicit. Didn't need to be that way.

    No extras on the DVD other than two trailers.
     
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    I'd guess that since it's devoid of extras, marketing needed something to set it apart, so Superbit was the next option.

    Superbit isn't about big special effects, though. It's just a promise that the highest possible bit-rate was used, as well as DTS and Dolby.

    I'd think that any movie from other studios with no extras would do the same, but since Sony has a brand name associated with it, they branded the release with that name.
     
  3. Eric Peterson

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    I was asking myself the same question, but then again it is SONY (They don't do much that makes sense!)

    I'm planning on renting this one (primarily for the infamous ending)[​IMG]
     
  4. Christian Preischl

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    Without the Superbit tag it's just a lame bare-bones release. With the Superbit tag it's a great release because they used the maximum amount of disc space for optimal image quality. [​IMG]

    Chris
     
  5. Jon Martin

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    And also, how did Sony get this title? And why? It seems a bit too extreme for them.

    Didn't Wellspring release it theatrically? Since they are primarily a DVD company, I thought for sure they would handle the DVD.
     
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    Will it have the infamous BJ ending?

    - Colton
     
  7. TonyD

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    it is unrated.
    but is it the origional long release or the re-editied release?

    or should i say version instead of release?
     
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    Kind of shows the hypocrasy of the "superbit" branding, shouldn't movie enjoy the best possible encoding? Title / Quality of movie is subjective. It's just a nice way for Sony to double/tripple dip on titles (and I know, Sony isn't the only one.)
     
  9. Jon Martin

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    It is the theatrical release. The film festival cut was basically a work in progress and doesn't exist anymore.

    And it is the uncut version. Like I said, it is probably the most extreme title that Sony has released. Probably one of the most extreme titles that ANY major studio has released.
     
  10. Mark Lucas

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    Yeah, it's wall to wall with extremeness. Sorry, but Sin City is more extreme.
     
  11. Chuck Bogie

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    My rule of thumb:

    It is a bad idea to watch porn on a projection screen.

    it is a REALLY bad idea to watch a John Holmes flick on a projection screen.

    Ergo, image quality don't count.
     
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    The only thing extreme I can see is the pretension level of the director as evidenced by one fact that his name appears THREE times on the cover.

    So no interview footage where he wishes Ebert cancer?
     
  13. Vincent_P

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    It would be interesting to see both the wishing-Ebert cancer interview, as well as the later interview that Ebert himself did with Gallo, after Ebert reversed his opinion on the Cannes version of THE BROWN BUNNY and gave the final release version a 3 star review.

    Vincent
     
  14. Jon Martin

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    Have you seen it? Late night cable doesn't even go as far as this does.
     
  15. Mike Wadkins

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    im willing for sony to pay me to get a bj in superbit [​IMG]
     
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    How is the movie? I have wanted to see it for a number of reasons, the least of which is the BJ scene.
    I have heard everything about this film from awful to excelent. Whats the overall consensus here? I have it in my queue on Netflix and should have it soon.
     
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    I think Sony missed a great opportunity here -- a joint commentary with Ebert and Gallo.

    Two men enter, one man leaves.
     
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    But he didn't reverse his opinion of the Cannes version. He just had a different opinion of the much shorter release version.
     
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    When Vincent Gallo spoke at initial L.A. screenings of the film, he spoke of how exhaustive and detailed his contract with the Japanese financiers of the movie had to be in order to convince him to make it. I suspect that Sony's presentation of this as a Superbit title was part of that contract.
     
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    I guess with the internet and easy access to... adult material, a brief onscreen sexual act isn't that big of a deal anymore. [​IMG]
     

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