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70 replies to this topic
Posted September 05 2012 - 02:31 PM
Aww, that sucks. My urge to upgrade from my PAL disc is greatly diminished now. . . .
Posted September 05 2012 - 02:56 PM
I didn't realize this was out. I'll have to go check it out. Its never on TV and I haven't seen it in 15-20 years. I thought it was the coolest thing ever when it was on HBO back in the day.
Originally Posted by Bob Cashill
Sorry, guys, but it's a barebones release from Hen's Tooth, no trailers, no commentaries, no nothing. But a decent anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.78:1 aspect ratio). Bostwick's blond styling is...something else. And it did inspire TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE, which is almost as funny.
Posted September 05 2012 - 03:05 PM
I got my copy from Amazon today. Looks absolutely fantastic upconverted. I saw this first run in theaters when I was a kid......this viewing on dvd will be the first time I watch it in over 25 years!!!!
Posted September 06 2012 - 04:48 AM
All I can think of is William Goldman's line about how there are always hopes a movie will be good: "Nobody starts out trying to make Megaforce."
Posted September 15 2012 - 08:06 AM
It's been confirmed that the audio for the Megaforce is seriously messed up. The audio is pitched much higher than it should be. It is NOT PAL speedup as the movie runs at it's theatrical running time of 99 mins. Hen Tooth says they had nothing to do with the transfer as the master came from Fortune Star but they are looking into the problem. I also just wrote to them to let them know that Megaforce was released to theaters with a Dolby Stereo soundtrack (as the end credits bear out) but that the DVD is mono. I suspect they will fix the pitch but there may be nothing they can do about the stereo soundtrack as I doubt Fortune Star has it. Hopefully, Hens Tooth will prove me wrong. As I just now wrote to them it may be a few days before I get a response. I will update when I do.
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Posted September 17 2012 - 07:48 AM
Thanks for the tip Jon! Haven't ordered from Japan in years -- too expensive -- but I see a few titles of interest there that are unavailable here on Blu (Red Sun, Memoirs of an Invisible Man...and Steel with Lee Majors!) that will make an order worthwhile.
Posted September 17 2012 - 07:49 AM
The Dutch DVD I bought a couple of years ago (which had the Fortune Star logos all over it) also had a mono soundtrack. If it's sourced from Fortune Star there's probably nothing they can do about it. And regrettably, whatever label is releasing the film in Japan on Blu-Ray has released Fortune Star titles in the past, so I wouldn't hold out hope that it's in stereo either. When MEGAFORCE has played on cable, it had the ITC logo and was in full stereo years ago. Dang it!!
I also just wrote to them to let them know that Megaforce was released to theaters with a Dolby Stereo soundtrack (as the end credits bear out) but that the DVD is mono.
Posted October 15 2012 - 06:45 AM
Just received the Megaforce Japanese Blu-Ray. Transfer is really good -- despite a fair amount of DNR on it -- but the 5.1 TrueHD track is fake stereo...it's not the real stereo soundtrack of the film...and it's pretty terrible. Guessing it has the same audio issues as the Hens Tooth release because its derived from the same Fortune Star master. At least it's (for Japan) a reasonably priced Paramount release. Could've been better, but it's at least superior to the DVD.
Posted April 29 2013 - 05:28 PM
Thanks for posting that info Mike. I just had the buray in my basket. You just saved me a whole lotta anger and frustration. I'm sorry to hear the audio, and pic are crap. I say crap for pic quality because, despite saying the transfer is really good, you mention there is DNR applied. This is very sad news indeed. I seriosuly doubt this flic will ever get another chance to shine in our home theaters. Despite "correcting" the audio issue.....te Hens Tooth disc still sounds like utter garbage.
This is especially sad because another video company in the US was very interested in acquiring this film for a true remastering for a planned bluray release.....and lost out to Hens Tooth. How that happened, I'll never understand. Apparently, they made it clear they were going to give in such treatment to Fortune Star......these folks don't sound very intelligent if you ask me.
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