What's the worst public domain DVD you've seen or own?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by PaulKTF, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2007
    Messages:
    53
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Paul
    Subject says it all. I keep hearing that Madacy has released some really bad transferes but I've never owned any.
     
  2. ScottHM

    ScottHM Second Unit

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2003
    Messages:
    405
    Likes Received:
    114
    Location:
    USA
    Real Name:
    Scott
    The worst one I have is Meet John Doe, released by Madacy. Their My Man Godfrey looks terrible too.

    ---------------
     
  3. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Lead Actor

    Joined:
    May 16, 2001
    Messages:
    7,525
    Likes Received:
    126
    Location:
    Alpharetta, GA, USA
    Real Name:
    Patrick McCart
    Nothing will ever top the terrible Metropolis DVD that Madacy put out.
     
  4. captainjoe

    captainjoe Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2006
    Messages:
    168
    Likes Received:
    0
    I think it was Madacy but it was a terrible DVD of Night of the Living Dead. Worst transfer ever. Same goes for Reefer Madness.
     
  5. Harry-N

    Harry-N Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2003
    Messages:
    2,584
    Likes Received:
    697
    Location:
    Sunny Central Florida
    Real Name:
    Harry N.
    I'll nominate Madacy's JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF TIME on a double bill with THINGS TO COME. I bought it for THINGS TO COME, but that movie was always pretty bad (until the remaster). JOURNEY has missing frames from a cut-up print, bad color, and terrible sound.

    Another I have is from Simitar Entertainment, a title called KRAKATOA EAST OF JAVA. I've only watched it once but it was a mess.

    We also have a really crappy release of CHARADE from Diamond Entertainment. Again, we only watched it once but I recall it being fairly brutal. Especially because the package proudly claims " Fully Restored and Enhanced Digital Masters." So why then are there whole frames missing?

    Harry
     
  6. David_B_K

    David_B_K Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2006
    Messages:
    1,938
    Likes Received:
    383
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    Real Name:
    David
    Sword of Lancelot from Platinum Disc is worthless. Even for $6.98 I felt ripped off.
     
  7. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2003
    Messages:
    725
    Likes Received:
    37
    Location:
    Saranac Lake, NY
    Real Name:
    Mark

    That was the first one that came to my mind. Unwatchable.
     
  8. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Lead Actor

    Joined:
    May 16, 2001
    Messages:
    7,525
    Likes Received:
    126
    Location:
    Alpharetta, GA, USA
    Real Name:
    Patrick McCart

    What's funny about Charade is that I found The Truth About Charlie marked down to $9. It has the restored/remastered 16x9 Charade on the b-side. The cheapest PD discs I've found are around $6. Not a bad alternative if you don't want to get the $25 Criterion for the extras.
     
  9. Keith Paynter

    Keith Paynter Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 1999
    Messages:
    1,834
    Likes Received:
    3

    Oh yeah, anybody remember CMH (Classic Media Holdings)/XOOM's version? One of my first DVD's...

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Jim Peavy

    Jim Peavy Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2002
    Messages:
    719
    Likes Received:
    0
    The Alpha disc of Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels (I'm assuming it's PD - ?). Unbelievable. Got it as a gift from a friend. Took one look at it, got it out of my player, walked over to the trash can, and in it went...!
     
  11. MielR

    MielR Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2006
    Messages:
    1,000
    Likes Received:
    31
    Real Name:
    MielR
    I agree. Even some of the horror movies I've picked up at the $1 store have looked better than Mandacy's Metropolis.
     
  12. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2001
    Messages:
    13,064
    Likes Received:
    2
    Picking the worst looking Madacy is like picking which cesspool you'd like to take a bath in.
     
  13. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2003
    Messages:
    725
    Likes Received:
    37
    Location:
    Saranac Lake, NY
    Real Name:
    Mark

    Thanks for the tip off. I somehow missed this release. Just ordered it at DeepDiscountDVD for $6.09. Looking at DVDBeaver, I think Universal's master looks better than the overpriced Criterion disc.
     
  14. ted:r

    ted:r Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2005
    Messages:
    336
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'd have to put in a word for the PD "Mr. Arkadin" (I've forgotten what company put it out.) It was the only DVD transfer I've ever seen that was simply unwatchable. Thankfully, Criterion re-issued it.
     
  15. Harry-N

    Harry-N Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2003
    Messages:
    2,584
    Likes Received:
    697
    Location:
    Sunny Central Florida
    Real Name:
    Harry N.
    I remember being curious about THE LADY VANISHES, ran out to a local store and bought a $6 DVD. I watched about six minutes of it, got up, went to another store and bought the Criterion version and "donated" the crap one to a library at work.

    Harry
     
  16. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2001
    Messages:
    13,064
    Likes Received:
    2
    Apparently Criterion is putting out a new transfer of The Lady Vanishes in November, though it remains to be seen how much of a visual upgrade it will be.
     
  17. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Lead Actor

    Joined:
    May 16, 2001
    Messages:
    7,525
    Likes Received:
    126
    Location:
    Alpharetta, GA, USA
    Real Name:
    Patrick McCart

    Criterion's has a larger bitrate and was approved by Stanley Donen, so it depends.

    Criterion does need to rethink some pricing on their handful of public domain releases. Charade can at least be found for $26 at DVD Planet. The cheapest I've seen for the W.C. Fields short collection is $20. That's really not that fair to price a bare-bones disc like that when you can get shorts collections from WB and Disney with four times as much content for the same price. Consider that you can get 7 hours of Popeye cartoons (with tons of extras) for $44, while the 2-hour Criterion of Fields (no extras) is $20.

    Also, I'd like to offer up the St. Clair Vision 3-disc set of Charlie Chaplin films. While it does have all of his Keystones, they're all terrible video masters. Worse than Metropolis. They even stole the fantastic remaster of The Kid from the David Shepard transfer used for the CBS-FOX laserdisc and DVD... and screwed it up by compressing it to 2.5 mbps and adding a ton of DVNR.
     
  18. Bob Graham

    Bob Graham Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    May 11, 2001
    Messages:
    509
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Bob Graham
    If I'm going to be honest, I'd have to say Alpha's release of the 1926 version of STUDENT OF PRAGUE, however, this is a film that was considered lost and is not available from any other source, so I'm glad to have it, "warts and all". Maybe it can be restored someday.
     
  19. Stephen_J_H

    Stephen_J_H All Things Film Junkie
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2003
    Messages:
    5,239
    Likes Received:
    673
    Location:
    North of the 49th
    Real Name:
    Stephen J. Hill
    My PD disc of The Blob is pretty wretched. Looks like it was taken from a well-worn release print.
     
  20. Dennis Nicholls

    Dennis Nicholls Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 1998
    Messages:
    8,795
    Likes Received:
    313
    Location:
    Boise, ID
    Real Name:
    Dennis
    My bottom disc is the Madacy version of the Battle of Russia from Why We Fight. In order to fit it and another title onto a single-layer disc, they just CUT the climactic last 12 minutes of the film! [​IMG] It goes straight from a scene of increasing tension to the end credits!
     

Share This Page