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  1. Patrick McCart

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    VistaVision can wildly vary...

    However, 1.78:1 is probably fine for the film. Now, the 2.21:1 ratio on the Super VistaVision re-release was flat-out wrong.
     
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    Is Amazon correct here. It shows the current TTC release as being 1.66:1.
    Empire reports a 1.85 transfer. ???
     
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    It looks pretty darn great on a 9' wide Stewart Firehawk 1.78:1 screen :- )

    Another exerpt from the book: "The idea behind horizontal Vista Vision was impressive.
    Theaters equipped with CinemaScope were to retain their screen width but increase the screen height to encompass the 1.85:1 (the image was cropped somewhat) aspect ratio of Vista Vision".

    David, the current release is 1.85:1.
     
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    According to DVD WIdescreen Review, the current version is 1.78:1 anamorphic.

    And the link in the announcement says this new one will be 1.85:1 anamorphic. Not much of a difference.
     
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    Great movie. I just watched it again a few weeks ago (after re-reading Exodus) and the transfer is really pretty good. I'll be anxious to read reviews to see if it's a new transfer, and if there is any improvement.

    I love Billy Crystal's impersonation of Yul Brynner from this film "Moses and the Hebrewites..." (yes, I know "Hebrewites" isn't a word, but I think that's how he said it). Also, I think he does a great impersonation of Edward G. Robinson from this film "Yeah, yeah, you and all the slaves, see....see..." Well, it's alot funnier when it's not written down.

    How about a thread on unusual Biblical epic casting:
    Edward G. Robinson?
    Max Von Sydow, maybe the most Nordic looking man alive, playing Jesus?
    Harvey Keitel? I didn't realize Judas was from the Bronx (sorry if that's not Keitel's actual accent).
    Donald Pleasence and Fernando Rey as wise men or magi, ostensibly from the Iraq area?
    Telly Savalas as Pontius Pilate? I keep waiting for him to ask Jesus "Who loves ya, baby?"
    And a drawling centurion played by the Duke.
     
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    Mark Zimmer:
    I haven't revisited it in a long time, but the 1999 transfer was certainly very nice for its day. I wonder how it holds up now?

    The DVNR dirt/scratch removal was what ruined the first dvd release for me, I just hope that this new release is free of it.
     
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    Haven't watched this in almost ten years. Would love to ee it again. This sounds like a good release. Exciting.
     
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    If I recall correctly, I believe that the last transfer was done right as DVD as a format was launched, in 1997 -even thought the DVD didnt come out until 1999 (in anticipation of Anamorphic-also used on the LD re-issue in 1997 )so its getting on what, 7 years old?
    I would hope this means a new transfer...
     
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    I've had the previous version in my hands many times but always held off on buying it. This one I'll get the day it comes out, unless they screw up the transfer.
     
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    Same here. I look foreard, but no new transfer no sale.
     
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    Ditto!!!
     
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    This info is from a closed thread regarding the upcoming DVD:
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=181417

     
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    The Press Release sais, that this will only be a 2-disc-set, NOT a 3-disc-set:

     
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    I hope Robert Harris chimes in on this release since there seems to have been criticisms by some film buffs of the previous restoration efforts of the negatives and audio tracks for The Ten Commandments.

    As I was watching Lawrence of Arabia Superbit I still was slightly disappointed because the widely directionalized dialog (pretty cool) seemed to have been steered mostly to the center channel (ugh).

    The R.A.H. effort on Spartacus for Criterion seemed to maintain more of a stereophonic spread than Lawrence. IMHO.

    Dan
     
  20. Robert Harris

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    Dan...

    What you're hearing in LoA v. Spartacus is the difference between native 3 channel discreet stereo mixes vs. a full 6 channel discreet mix.

    LoA never had the directional dialogue of Spartacus.

    This is primarily the difference between British stereo mixes of tbe period vs. US mixes, and specifically why Mr. Kubrick had the final reel of 2001 mixed in the US at 6 channel vs. a British 4.

    RAH
     

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