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Has there ever been a perfect, uncontested DVD?


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#1 of 113 Kevin_M_M

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Posted August 07 2003 - 02:52 PM

I read this forum regularly and the main thing you notice here is that no matter what disc is currently under discussion and no matter how good many people think it is, there are always those that give it a "No Sale" for one reason or another. The most common gripes?:

Pan & Scan (The most understandable of the bunch)

A widescreen movie but not in its original aspect ratio

No DTS

No original mono track

Price

Edge enhancement

Colors, soundtrack, etc has been changed in some way (stemming from the two major controversies over Halloween 25th and Day of the Dead that are currently burning up the forum)

No extras

No trailer

Some awesome feature from a previous DVD or Laserdisc edition is missing

Director's Cuts without the original version included

And that's just to name a few, the list could go on and on.

What I'm wondering is if there has ever been a DVD everyone has nearly unanimously agreed has it all and couldn't want for more (until the HD-DVD version that is). I'm not extremely picky about my purchases but I do get swayed by some of the arguments here, so I'm curious. I mean, even the LOTR: FOTR EE got complaints!

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#2 of 113 Haden

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Posted August 07 2003 - 03:16 PM

Fight Club is pretty damn good.

#3 of 113 Sean Moon

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Posted August 07 2003 - 03:19 PM

Fight Club is the closest to an uncontested DVD I have found on these forums. There will be a moment from now though when someone complains about NO DTS on it. Frankly, I could care less, as it is fine as it is.
I honestly cant think of anything anyone could complain about LOTR EE though. That set is perfect to me.
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#4 of 113 Glenn Overholt

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Posted August 07 2003 - 03:20 PM

This is a cheap shot, but what about the first DVD that ever came out? You'd have nothing to compare it to.

Oh, I have no idea what it was.

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#5 of 113 Adam Horak

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Posted August 07 2003 - 04:26 PM

I wouldn't touch Fight Club with a 10 ft. pole. No DTS, no sale!
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Seriously though, I think FOTR:EE is as close as any DVD set has ever come to perfection.

#6 of 113 Colin Jacobson

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Posted August 07 2003 - 04:55 PM

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I honestly cant think of anything anyone could complain about LOTR EE though. That set is perfect to me.


But no theatrical cut, so there's room for complaints.
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#7 of 113 Cavan.B

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Posted August 07 2003 - 05:12 PM

Also no trailers on the EE, so I'm sure that annoyed some even though the theatrical edition has them. Also the movie being split across 2 discs, which doesn't bother me but may some. Otherwise its the Lord of all DVDs. Posted Image
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#8 of 113 Burke Strickland

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Posted August 07 2003 - 05:55 PM

Of course, if the Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings: Extended Edition (I assume that's the LOTR: FOTR: EE we're discussing here):>) had duplicated any of the material in the theatrical release edition (including the movie itself) that would have been grounds for MORE complaints. As it is, you can buy both sets and "have it all" without duplication. (In effect, the two editions together make up the complete set.) That's what I did and I'm perfectly happy with these "perfect" DVDs. :>)

I'm certainly glad to have the movie spread across two discs instead of being crammed onto an overly compressed single disc. Also, I much prefer two discs to a "flipper". (Both discs are in my DVD jukebox and I don't have to handle the discs to play back the whole movie.)
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Posted August 07 2003 - 06:01 PM

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Fight Club is pretty damn good.


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#10 of 113 Richard_D_Ramirez

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Posted August 07 2003 - 06:30 PM

LOTR EE is as close to perfect for me. I don't worry about the theatrical cut or trailers since I have the other version too!

But in the end, you can't please everyone....

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#11 of 113 Aaron Garman

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Posted August 07 2003 - 06:44 PM

I have a few perfect DVD's:

-From Hell LE
-Episode II
-FOTR EE (I kept the original too)
-Ultimate Toy Box

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#12 of 113 Adam_ME

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Posted August 07 2003 - 06:43 PM

How about The Ultimate Toy Box? What could possibly be wrong with that set?


Well, I guess there's no DTS....damn! Posted Image


Seriously though, I'd also throw in Gladiator and Pearl Harbor: Vista Series. It's hard to find faults with those DVDs.
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#13 of 113 Adam_ME

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Posted August 07 2003 - 06:45 PM

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Episode II

I was gonna include that one, but the lack of the theatrical cut has always bugged me.
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#14 of 113 Artur Meinild

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Posted August 07 2003 - 08:51 PM

I would also say that FOTR:EE is the closest to a perfect DVD I have seen. I have other brilliant DVD's, but Fight Club for instance doesn't have as interesting extra features (IMO) as FOTR has. I think the 5½ hours of high quality documentary footage on FOTR in addition to the feature presentation should be enough to make it the best DVD out there. Keep in mind that the theatrical cut and the trailers *are* available, New Line just spilt the release in 2 parts with no overlapping features. This is the most brilliant DVD marketing EVER IMO.
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#15 of 113 Joshua_Y

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Posted August 07 2003 - 09:02 PM

Ok...sure the FOTR EE is good and all...but E.T. The Ultimate Gift Set is the perfect DVD...both versions of the film...DTS...a third disc...the score on CD...and hardcover book...certificate of authenticity...and a awesome case...and its a classic film...what more could you want...

#16 of 113 Mark Cappelletty

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Posted August 07 2003 - 09:43 PM

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#17 of 113 Sean Moon

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Posted August 07 2003 - 09:47 PM

Episode II is close as well, but most will complain about no DTS! ANd it does include the theatrical cut, the DLP version of it. SO technically, it was correct.
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#18 of 113 Craig LeBlanc

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Posted August 07 2003 - 11:49 PM

How about the Platinum Series Se7en ? DTS, multiple commentaries, lots of extras and an awesome job on the video!

#19 of 113 Philip Hamm

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Posted August 08 2003 - 12:00 AM

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How about The Ultimate Toy Box? What could possibly be wrong with that set?
Awful annoying menus that make you play Nintendo with your remote if you want to see anything. Click-click-content Click-click-content Click-click-content Click-click-content Click-click-content gets old fast.
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#20 of 113 Jeff Swearingen

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Posted August 08 2003 - 12:30 AM

I always thought of FOTR as not a 2 disc or 4 disc set, but rather a 6 disc...


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