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HTF REVIEW: Annie: Special Anniversary Edition



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#21 of 59 OFFLINE   Mikel_Cooperman

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Posted January 08 2004 - 07:40 AM

Very sad that it is Pan and Scan and that Columbia isnt probably even reading these boards or cares for that matter.

Idiots.

#22 of 59 OFFLINE   Lance Nichols

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Posted January 08 2004 - 08:16 AM

Shame, Just did a quick check of my recent purchases.

The last Columbia/Tristar title I purchased was WAY back in October. ALL of my Columbia/Tristar titles are OAR. I had been holding off on buying Annie due to this once rumoured release.

Guess I just won't buy it period. Posted Image

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#23 of 59 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 08 2004 - 08:32 AM

Home Theater Forum recently appeared in a column
in USA TODAY courtesy of reporter Mike Snyder.

I am trying to coax Mike into doing a huge story
about what is happening with some of the studios
and their disregard for proper aspect ratio.

Mike seems very interested, and I have directed
his attention to this thread as well as giving him
some direction about what MGM and COLUMBIA have been
doing.

If only a paper like USA TODAY could do a story
to help educate the consumer, the results could be
highly favorable.

After all, the studios never even took the time
to educate before they started catering hand and
foot to (for lack of better word) ignorant consumers.

 

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#24 of 59 OFFLINE   Jonathan Dagmar

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Posted January 08 2004 - 08:54 AM

I would love to see that article, Ron, keep pushing for it!

#25 of 59 OFFLINE   Adam_WM

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Posted January 08 2004 - 10:18 AM

Oh yeah! I'll buy Annie!... when it comes out in widescreen with DTS!!! Posted Image
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#26 of 59 OFFLINE   Bradley-E

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Posted January 08 2004 - 10:40 AM

SONY is now the worst studio as far as DVD output is concerned. They really suck. Shame on them for their lack of respect for movie fans.

#27 of 59 OFFLINE   Dick

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Posted January 08 2004 - 11:25 AM

Pan and scan reissues of the following are coming (?):

BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
OLIVER!
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
BORN FREE
GUNS OF NAVARONE
GANHDI
FIRST MEN IN THE MOON
and many more...

I hope this speculation is completely wrong! Posted Image
I am beginning to serious loathe Columbia. Who is the monkey running their Home Video division now?

#28 of 59 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted January 08 2004 - 12:04 PM

Who do they expect to buy the pan & scan Lawrence of Arabia?

#29 of 59 OFFLINE   Adam_ME

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Posted January 08 2004 - 12:27 PM

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Pan and scan reissues of the following are coming (?):

Are the original releases going OOP like the WS Annie? That would pretty much clinch the Worst DVD Studio award for Sony in my mind. And that's quite an achievement considering the year Universal's just had.
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#30 of 59 OFFLINE   Dick

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Posted January 08 2004 - 12:53 PM

Sorry - I was (half) joking. I have seen no information regarding P&S releases of these films... this was only a satirical poke at Columbia, but the way the studio is going I'm not sure it would surprise me to see a few of them announced this way in the future.

#31 of 59 OFFLINE   Kenny Goldin

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Posted January 08 2004 - 01:10 PM

I would have been first in line for this had it been OAR...but I will be staying far, far away from it as it is now....
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#32 of 59 OFFLINE   Adam_ME

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Posted January 08 2004 - 03:22 PM

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Sorry - I was (half) joking. I have seen no information regarding P&S releases of these films... this was only a satirical poke at Columbia, but the way the studio is going I'm not sure it would surprise me to see a few of them announced this way in the future.

Hey, it could happen. They've already reissued a bunch of their early titles in P&S only. Anyone who's been to a Wal-Mart lately has seen them.
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#33 of 59 OFFLINE   Jon Martin

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Posted January 09 2004 - 01:25 AM

Let's not forget the other issue, Columbia screwed up the original ANNIE release. They misframed it in several scenes. DVDFile did a profile on it when it came out. They were going to release a corrected version, but I don't think they ever got around to it.

So, they have never really done this title right.

#34 of 59 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted January 09 2004 - 03:52 AM

They did release a corrected version. I have it.

Enough is enough, Disney. No more evasions or excuses. We DEMAND the release Song of the South on Blu-ray along with the uncut version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks on Blu-ray. I am going to boycott The Walt Disney Company until then.


#35 of 59 OFFLINE   Bryan Tuck

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Posted January 09 2004 - 05:14 AM

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They did release a corrected version. I have it.

They did, but they didn't tell anyone about it. I don't want to keep harping on them, because as I said, they are still capable of doing quality releases, but they just seem to have very poor customer service and lack an understanding of what good customer service is.

Accidents happen, and it's good that they fixed it, but they should have let us know. Even Universal managed to do that.

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I am trying to coax Mike into doing a huge story
about what is happening with some of the studios
and their disregard for proper aspect ratio.

Sounds great, Ron. I hope it goes forward. Thanks so much, also, for bringing our opinions to people who might be in a position to do something about it. I guess we'll see what happens.
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#36 of 59 OFFLINE   Jon Martin

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Posted January 09 2004 - 05:50 AM

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They did release a corrected version. I have it.


How can you tell which is which?

#37 of 59 OFFLINE   ScottR

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Posted January 09 2004 - 06:10 AM

I have the corrected version also.

#38 of 59 OFFLINE   chris*b

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Posted January 09 2004 - 06:11 AM

This is very disapointing to me. A movie that relies on choreography such as this one is just a joke when you can only see less than half of the numbers. I wouldn't touch this release with a 10' pole. Sickening.Posted Image

#39 of 59 OFFLINE   Joshua Clinard

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Posted January 09 2004 - 06:55 AM

This is atrocious! No OAR = No Sale. When are they going to realize that the kids are not the ones who want Fullscreen! It's their uninformed parents who are insisting on buying everything Pan & Scan.

#40 of 59 OFFLINE   Chad A Wright

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Posted January 09 2004 - 08:05 AM

I finally figured out the point of pan & scan releases. If they know that we widescreen/movie enthusiasts will be angry about something on a release, they go ahead an make it pan & scan. The figure that when we discover a problem and tell them where they can stick it .... the pan & scan version will hurt less when they do stick it. See, it's 50% smaller. Posted Image

Well, maybe that's not it, but you never know.


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