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Anchor Bay! You got some splainin' to do. (Re: Army of Darkness)

Discussion in 'DVD' started by ChadMcCallum, Feb 23, 2003.

  1. ChadMcCallum

    ChadMcCallum Well-Known Member

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    Anchor Bay doesn't own these films, so they're at the mercy of what the studios license to them.

    Some will give AB the best stuff possible, while some won't put much effort. They're just like Criterion...they have to use what they're given by the studio.
     
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    Oh my, the difference is amazing. Courtesy of that source (Anchor Bay on top, MGM on bottom):

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    Wow, that is a striking difference!
     
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    Ho-lee crap, that's incredible. And NTSC, so it will work on my back-up Apex without a hitch. Looks like I will be importing.
     
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    -Jaw Drops-

    Oh MAN, that looks AMAZING.
     
  7. Rob Lutter

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    God bless my HTPC [​IMG]

    Anyone wanna buy a "Limited Edition" version of the Director's Cut? Only 40,000 made! [​IMG]
     
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    Any chance this will be the version included in the Boomstick edition? It seems worthy of the rerelease if is...

    -paul
     
  9. Damin J Toell

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    Given that AB has not said that the Boomstick release will contain a new transfer, I think the odds of it happening are next-to-nil. If it was going to be a new transfer, you can be certain that AB would've made sure we all knew by now.

    DJ
     
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    Forgive the dumb question, but after viewing the comparison shots, Im flabbergastedy. Ive heard that many R3 discs actually will also play just fine on R1 players-is this true? if so, im owning that disc yesterday. Anyone??
     
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    The thread linked mentions YesAsia as the place to buy this disc online - I can't find it on the YesAsia site though, as a search for ARMY OF DARKNESS doesn't bring the title up for me. Can anyone post a link to order it if they find one, or provide a link to another site that has it if YesAsia no longer does?

    Watch the demand for this disc spread around the net like wildfire over the coming days...
     
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    Anthony, is this what you are looking for?
     
  13. ChadMcCallum

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    Patrick: very true. However Anchor Bay said that their directors cut was made up from the best possible sources and they did mention they looked everywhere. While it could be that this was true for the first release I'm sure they could have used it for a new disc. There's also the missing shots of Evil Ash pulling of Shelia's clothes. Its not an important scene but if AB had truly looked at every source they would have seen this scene and it should have been included on the disc, either in the movie or in the deleted scenes section. Still my biggest complaint is that Anchor Bay keeps releasing this same movie with the same shoddy transfer. I believe we're at number 5 or 6 with them and the only thing that's changed is the packaging, insert style and disc art. If Anchor Bay did really care about their fans they wouldn't keep trying to cash in and they would have given us this print. They must have heard about this copy so why isn't R1 getting it with the "new" Boomstick Edition?
     
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    Those of you in North America (like me) who want to buy this from YesAsia will need to go to the North American site here, rather than the address provided above.

    Just got my copy. About $23 shipped, which is worth it for a new transfer (finally).
     
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    I'm usually not a video-quality whore, but this is unbelievable. The difference in quality is astounding. While it's not worth buying a new (multi-region) DVD player for, if I ever happen to get one, this will definitely be a title I purchase.

    I'll never look at my Anchor Bay AOD releases the same way again. They seem tainted now.
     
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    [​IMG] Along with Rob, I might have an un-opened AOD Limited edition for sale. Only 40,000 made :wink: Hmm...
     
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    you know what I do to NTSC DVD's that are from another region? I rip it to my harddrive and remove the region coding and reburn a new dvd-r so I can play it on my DVD player in the home theater.

    edit: these are dvd's that I own the originals of, I am not condoning burning something I don't own. I just don't want to buy a multiregion dvd player if i can do it this way. I put the dvd-r regionless copy I made into the original case with the store bought one I purchased. I don't think this is illegal.
     
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    quote:
    '...No. R1 discs play on R1 only except R0 etc ...'

    The reason I ask is that ive heard of a few R3 discs that ARE labeled R3, yet will play R1 (or "0") on US dvd players
    The recent PULP FICTION-SE from R3 comes to mind...a few people here had that months earlier than the rest of us.

    If worse comes to worst, it *will* play on my G4, which is now RC free...
     
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