Think The Blues Brothers (25th Aniv Ed) will be worth buying again?

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  1. Dean L

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    For those of us who already own the Special Edition DVD that was released about 6-7 years ago, has the video and sound been remastered for the new DVD?
    Is it the same cut from the first DVD release?
     
  2. Matt Birchall

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    What we know so far:


    I've heard elsewhere that the new disc will be on a DVD-18.

    So, the reviewers should be receiving their screener copies any day now (if they haven't already), and reviews should start showing up shortly.
     
  3. Mark Lucas

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    Hopefully the new transfer(?) will have less grain and DNR.
     
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    "...How do the picture and sound quality of this 25th Anniversary DVD compare with those of the original 1998 release? To my eyes and ears, they seem identical. I compared the pair and observed no differences in audio or visual quality."

    from dvdmg.com review

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    Sad to see that reviewer not enjoying the film. My father, brother and I can literally recite the movie verbatim from seeing it literally hundreds of times. Anytime we pass a cop we still have to say "I bet they have S.C.M.O.D.S". It was a staple of my childhood.
     
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    It'll be nice to finally have the vastly superior theatrical cut on DVD.

    edit: the trailer IS included, according to that review. Hopefully Universal will stop omitting trailers from their newer DVD's. At least I'll be able to get rid of my old disc. I would have felt sort of stupid holding onto an entire DVD for a trailer but I wouldn't have been able to convince myself to get rid of it.

    edit 2: the reviewer said he didn't bother watcing the theatrical cut, which is the main draw of this new edition. Perhaps Universal gave that cut a new transfer. I don't care much for the video quality on the extended edition, the added scenes have always looked noticeably worse than the original scenes anyway.
     
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    damn thats a pass unless dvdbeaver proves otherwise
     
  9. Mark Lucas

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    The same transfer is probably used but I bet the bitrate is considerably better though. The old release had a low avg of 4.45mb/sec, probably to accommodate the documentary.
     
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    "S.C.M.O.D.S.?"
     
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    And you know what? The light really was yellow!
     
  12. Colin Jacobson

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    I would have liked to watch it, but it's one of those "not enough time in the day" things. I chose the extended cut mainly so I could directly compare it to the prior DVD - I figured many would be interested to know if it looked/sounded better. I didn't own the old one and reviewed it a LONG time ago, so I rented it to make the comparisons. Again, I saw/heard no differences. I even detected the same source flaws in the same spots.

    And I'd compare bit rates... if I could figure out where the hell I put the thing. I have so many DVDs around the house that I lose track of them easily! I don't know if I'd count on a higher bit rate - the extended version still has the documentary on the same side...
     
  13. Mark Lucas

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    How can anyone not like The Blues Brothers, the movie?
     
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    Easily because of differences in subjective taste and personal opinion.




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    That's subjective. [​IMG]

    Anyway, I think I'll stick to my initial DVD. I would like the theatrical version as well, but, as Colin said, it's only dolby 2.0. And this new edition doesn't even have a booklet!

    No booklet = No sale!
     
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    Okay, I'll try my best not to be condescending about this. But it seems ummm...interesting...that you can't find "much entertainment" in the classic performances by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, and James Brown.
     
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    Is that a joke?

    I finally got confirmation about live digital screenings on 8/29, complete with John Landis and Dan Aykroyd in attendance. You can read more about it here.

    - Steve
     
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    Colin, just somewhat reiterating what Robert said. I didn't mean to be condescending to you, and I apologize if I inadvertently offended you in anyway. The meaning of my comment was more the variety of I find it sad when a film that I hold in rather high esteem fails to connect with viewers (I simply wish upon others the enjoyment I experience ) as opposed to find it sad that you individually didn't enjoy the film. Hopefully no harm done.
     
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    Go figure though. This was one of the few instances where they could've dropped the trailer and I still could've sold off the old DVD since my American Pie Unrated CE has the trailer for The Blues Brothers. Losing the booklet will suck though.
     
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    If I hadn't already sold my old copy on eBay a couple months ago I'd probably pass on this new DVD, but since I'm without a copy I'll be forced to pick it up on 8/30.
     

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