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HTF HD DVD Review: American Gangster (Combo)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Sam Posten, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. Sam Posten

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    No extended edition on the HD side?

    Lost a sale for me.

    You are right -- not a fitting release for perhaps the
    last great title on this format. So much more could
    have been done for HD-DVD fans here.
     
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    I was going to rent this at the very least, but with no extended version on the HD side, and precious bandwidth wasted for a PiP track as opposed to allocated to a lossless track, I will pass. The lack of extended cut is the deal breaker here. Hopefully a BD50 will rectify this in a few months. I wish I could rent the 3 disc SD release.
     
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    Thanks for helping me decide. I'll get the 3 Disc DVD edition.
     
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    Ditto for the SD release (particularly as the video does not seem to benefit as much as some other titles in HD AND my gear does very well with SD).
     
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    I'll get NO edition.

    When there's a Blu-Ray (or even an HD-DVD double dip -- not holding my breath for that though) with both cuts of the film and all the bonus features, I'll be first in line.
     
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    This would've been an easy blind-buy even on a dead format but I'm passing for all the reasons Sam noted. I'll go the rental route instead. If I like it I'll either pick it up for $5 during next months fire sale or wait for the BD.

    BTW I don't buy new movies on DVD (just classics and older genre films) and 3-discs or not, $35 for standard def?! pfft!! I don't think so.
     
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    Good review. I'm a big fan of Ridley Scott and I thought the film was a solid crime epic, but this half-baked job that Universal has done will have me waiting for the Blu-ray edition somewhere down the line.
     
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    The 3-disc set is $24.99 at Best Buy.
     
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    After consulting the difference between the two SD versions, it'll be a rental first and, if I'm interested, the 2 disc version for me (if so, I'll pick up a used one at my local video store).
     
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    $22.99 @ Target.
     
  12. Sam Posten

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    Wow that's a steal!

    Please allow me to "Pimp" Kevin EK's excellent review of the 2 disk DVD:
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htf/...commended.html

    And note that the extras on that disk contains:
    -Feature Commentary with Ridley Scott and Steven Zaillian –
    -Deleted Scenes (3:44, Anamorphic) –
    -Fallen Empire: Making American Gangster (1:18:15, Anamorphic) –This is a five-part documentary produced by Charles de Lauzirika,
    -Three brief featurettes under the heading of Case Files:

    and Per SD Brian, the 3 disk Includes Above Bonus Features PLUS
    Hip Hop Infusion- Featuring popular rap artists Common and Tip “T.I.” Harris discussing their roles
    Music Videos
    Do You Feel Me (Remix) Performed by Anthony Hamilton featuring Ghostface Killah
    Blue Magic From Jay-Z’s album “American Gangster”
    BET Special- The Making of American Gangster
    Dateline NBC: American Gangster First Look
    Digital Copy of the Unrated Extended Movie For Your PC

    Now tell me Universal didnt give full attention to this HD DVD!!!
     
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    Remarkably, this will be one of those RARE cases where
    I'll buy the sDVD version over the HD-DVD.
     
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    Still overpriced for SD. It should be under $10. [​IMG]
     
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    This is so sad. I mean I was looking forward to get this version and even if full price, but now I just can´t do that..

    It´s almost like Universal just didn´t care anymore. It was already "game over" before this was announced.
     
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    Yet, the SDVD is included in this combo release. Hopefully, Universal will get it right when they release it again on Blu-ray.





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  17. Sam Posten

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    Can only hope that's true! Been thinking about all the reviews I've done that were a little... underwhelming. So many I'd like to see real special editions of.
     
  18. TonyD

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    what a dissapointment.
    this should have been a double disc set at least.

    i would buy the sd 3 discer but i just don't want to put money to sd dvd anymore.
     
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    All things considered, I actually gave some thought to picking up the 3-disc SD DVD...

    ...but decided to go ahead and pick up the HD DVD combo disc after all, since it does have the extended cut on the SD side which I am comfortable enough with watching on my second unit's new Digital TV.

    Enticing as the extras appeared on the 3-D SE...I could honestly take them or leave them, really.

    For me, the HD DVD combo disc is enough.
     
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