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Will anyone be down-grading their Panic Room DVDs?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mitch Stevens, Feb 18, 2003.

  1. Mitch Stevens

    Mitch Stevens Well-Known Member

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    Usually, we buy the original version, and then when the Superbit comes out, we upgrade to Superbit, and get rid of the lower quality disc, but this time it's switched around. We already have the upgraded disc, and the "Special Edition" that is in the works, is obviously going to have a worse transfer than the Superbit DVD.

    My question, of course is, is anyone willing to down-grade their DVD for a lower quality "Special Edition"? I was thinking about getting it for a while, just to hear Fincher's commentary, but I think that the most important thing for me, is the picture and sound quality, and not extras. Having said that, I don't think I want to get the Special Edition, for the very reasons that I mentioned above. What I probably will do though, is rent the DVD, just to hear the commentary and that will be all. I will not be buying it though.
     
  2. Eric Peterson

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    I specifically waited on this title and will definitely be buying an SE of this movie. I have a policy against buying any movie that doesn't have extras and can easily be rented, and even though I'm a big David Fincher fan, I simply couldn't justify spending the money on this disc when I can rent it up to four times for the same price. While picture & sound quality are definitely important to me, I'm simply not as picky as many others. I would much rather have a one or more commentary tracks and any other extras that they can pack on without mistreating the picture quality.
     
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    Panic Room is a short film. It is entirely possible that a simple, single commentary track can be added without forcing higher compression.
     
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    Yes, I would "downgrade". The transfers seen on other non-Superbit titles have been impressive to me on many cases. If the Special Edition contains a good transfer and wise choice in encoding, which a relatively short film with one commentary should be more than capable, I think it would be a wise investment. I don't believe many will say that the Platinum Series of Fincher's previous movies have been disappointments, and this could be up to the same level of quality.

    Of course, should the transfer not live up to expectations, I can always keep the Superbit for watching and the SE for extras.
     
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    I intentionally skipped the Superbit to get the SE, so I guess that counts as a yes.
     
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    Randy A Salas

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    the "Special Edition" that is in the works is obviously going to have a worse transfer than the Superbit DVD
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    Since I have no interest in paying for extras that get viewed but once, I'll keep the Superbit.

    I'd love to see DVD marketing go the way of laserdisc marketing - special edition now, and inexpensive movie-only version later.

    My ultimate goal remains to press "play" and watch a movie. Perhaps we'll see that technology again one day.

    Charlie
     
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    I am here to assure you that the Special Edition will in now way be inferior to the existing release. In fact, it will be even closer to how Fincher desired the film to look theatrically. I'll clarify that more at a later date, but suffice to say that picture and sound quality are of tantamount importance to everyone involved, especially Fincher, and there will be no compromise on that. As some of you know, bit rate is only one of many factors involved in quality mastering. It's perfectly possible, if not common, to have a "high bitrate" disc look and sound identical or even worse than a disc with a lower bit rate but more careful compression work.

    Thanks,
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    Thanks David. Your words are very encouraging. [​IMG]
     
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    I've held out, having never bought a superbit title, and hoping for the SE that was rumored as the initial release.
    David Priors post tells me that I made a wise decision (for myself that is, no insult intended to all the Superbit fans!)

    So... any news on when the SE is coming out?
     
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    Thanks David. I'm glad I held out now.
     
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    I'm in agreement with most here, to assume that this new disc will be inferior, at least intentionally, is nonsense, let's see some reviews first before jumping the gun on quality issues. Besides, this is Columbia were talking about here, they always put out great product Superbit or otherwise.

    I have the Superbit edition but will be picking up the new one also, it's a great film that deserves more bells and whistles than the current one. Besides, I have a 48" HD and am STILL hard pressed to see a difference with Superbit so it's inconsequential to me, but I won't open that can, simply an observation on my part. I also can't stand that ultra slim case it's in, I hope Columbia does away with that idea.
     

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