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Withnail & I Criterion is not anamorphic

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jon Robertson, Jul 2, 2001.

  1. Jon Robertson

    Jon Robertson Well-Known Member

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    http://www.currentfilm.com/dvdreviews2/withnailandidvd.html
    Same with How to Get Ahead in Advertising
    This is a big blow to Bruce Robinson fans...
    The Channel Four UK documentary that I was told *might* be on there hasn't been included either. A shame.
    However, somewhat bizarrely, I still recommend the disc as Withnail and I can only shine through, whatever its presentation.
    Please add a quote from the film to any subsequent posts!
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  2. Marc Colella

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    Criterion has really been dropping the ball lately.
    Quality has been on the decline for some time now.
    There's no excuse for non-anamorphic transfers.
     
  3. Duncan

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    That is too bad. Any commentary track on this one?
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  4. Dan Brecher

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    This has slipped way down on my priority purchases list thanks to this sad news. [​IMG]
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    It fell right off my list.
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  6. Duncan Harvey

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    This is pretty poor, wonder what their excuse is?
    I thought that Anchor Bay had the Handmade library and hence would be releasing this - we'd probably have got anamorphic from them...
    Still, it will be better than the old Criterion LD, so I'll be buying it.
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  7. Mark Cappelletty

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    I'm really surprised-- and will also be holding onto my Criterion LDs instead of trading up.
     
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    Uh-oh, looks like Criterion have been getting advice from MGM... [​IMG]
    Another one off my list. [​IMG]
     
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    This is disappointing [​IMG]
    I was hoping that the sites that listed it as non-anamorphic were incorrect, but I guess they weren't.
    With no real extras so to speak, (a poster is a nice idea but...) I'm not sure whether I will be buying this now...
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    Damn - I have been looking forward to trading up from my old worn out VHS copy.
    Guess I'll have to wait a few years until the Criterion contract runs out and hope that somebody does the movie the justice it deserves.
    Don
     
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    Dan - According to an R2 Project "Rumour Control" (http://www.r2-dvd.org/Rumours.jsp ) item of 21 June, a UK release is tentatively planned for 5 November. Maybe this will be anamorphic?
     
  12. Jon Robertson

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    Oh, come on! I'm sure we've all seen worse, and it's not the kind of film that would benefit hugely from a 5th-Element-quality transfer, anyway.
    Some of you really need to concentrate more on the film and less on the picture. I know it's a principal thing, and I admire you most of the time by sticking to your guns, but is it really worth denying yourself many, many painfully funny viewings of the film, until a new version is released? How many of you have ruined perfectly good sofas beyond dry-cleaning by screaming with laughter at worn-out pan-and-scan VHS tapes of it?
    BTW, Bruce Robinson refuses to do a commentary for it, as he's sick of talking about it, and has made nothing from it except a very low writing/directing fee during the film's production, and others seem to be cashing in on it.
    And as for comments regarding Criterion dropping the ball recently - nonsense! I admit these two are pretty big smudges on their reputation, but nearly all of their recent work (The Hidden Fortress, The Blob, Do The Right Thing, Written on the Wind, Diary of a Chambermaid, etc.) puts their earlier release to shame.
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    Yes, Criterion's recent work has been extraordinary, but this is unfortunate. I only know Withnail by reputation and I was considering buying it. I'll rent it now and save my $ for that amazing Dreyer Boxset!
     
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    The only reason I was going to buy this DVD was because it was anamorphic and so would be a better presentation than my current widescreen SVHS copy (also anamorphic) which I taped recently from Film Four.
    Sorry Criterion - not good enough. I won't be buying this one.
    Tony
     
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    R2 Project is now saying that the UK edition will carry a commentary by both Paul McGann and Ralph Brown, and that the release will be on 12 November.
    Still no word on whether the picture will be anamorphic though...
     

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