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#1 of 20 OFFLINE   Osato

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Posted October 07 2001 - 06:21 PM

Hello - Has anyone heard a date or rumored date for Better Off Dead?

#2 of 20 OFFLINE   Seth Paxton

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Posted October 07 2001 - 06:25 PM

This was just mentioned at the national meet/Dave's Video Studio day. DigitalBits.com has it's studio by studio report from that day and I think it's Paramount's title (not Fox, they have Say Anything but not dead) and as I recall it is on it's way sometime early in 2002. I'll probably go look it up over at Bits myself. WHOOPS, sorry Peter Bracke, I meant DVDFile. I feel bad for showing a Bill Hunt favoritism by accident. Anyway, head over to DVDFile for the info. [Edited last by Seth Paxton on October 07, 2001 at 09:29 PM] [Edited last by Seth Paxton on October 07, 2001 at 09:31 PM]

#3 of 20 OFFLINE   Scott-C

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Posted October 10 2001 - 07:57 PM

Yes! I've been waiting for this DVD for a long time. I did a cursory search for info on it at dvdfile.com, but couldn't find anything. Wish their search engine covered more than DVD reviews... If I find any more info tomorrow, I'll post it. ------------------ Scott [Edited last by Scott-C on October 11, 2001 at 08:03 AM]

#4 of 20 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted October 11 2001 - 02:41 AM


Martin Blythe at Paramount said it's on its way!

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#5 of 20 OFFLINE   Mike Witt

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Posted October 11 2001 - 05:54 AM

I've been looking for this one, too. Posted Image

#6 of 20 OFFLINE   John Stone

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Posted October 11 2001 - 06:15 AM

At last! Somehow I misread the article at DVD File last week; I thought it said that Better Off Dead was not coming out in 2002.

BoD is my favorite "teen" movie from the 80s. It was the inspiration behind the purchase of my 1970 Firebird (I know that Lane drove a Camero in the film, but I liked the Firebird's front-end better than the Camero).

Any word on extra features, transfer or sound?

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#7 of 20 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted October 11 2001 - 06:32 AM

YYYEEESSSSS!!!

My college roommates played my VHS copy over and over again in the spring and summer 1987. There are still lines from that movie that my old friends and I use for short-hand communication and to get a guffaw out of each other.

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#8 of 20 OFFLINE   Dave_P

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Posted October 11 2001 - 06:44 AM

The Oriental brothers are my favorite. One learned to speak english by listening to Walter Kronkite. The other cannot speak english. (In Kronkite's voice) "Lane Meyer, a man, who knows, how to ski." Lane Meyer "No, tentacles..." "I'm real sorry you mother blew up Ricky." This is definitely one of my favorites of all time. This is one of those movies I never tire of watching. I hope it does come out early 2002.

#9 of 20 OFFLINE   Dave Hahn

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Posted October 11 2001 - 07:02 AM

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One learned to speak english by listening to Walter Kronkite

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I always thought it was Howard Cosell he was imitating, but it doesn't matter, either way that bit and this whole movie is funny as all hell. A definite purchase.

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#10 of 20 OFFLINE   Patrick Sun

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Posted October 11 2001 - 07:20 AM

Wasn't that Asian guy (doing the newscaster impersonation) the bad guy in Karate Kid 2?


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#11 of 20 OFFLINE   Ricky f

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Posted October 11 2001 - 07:32 AM

YESSSSSS YESSSSSS YESSSSSSS WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO Regards, Ricky

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Posted October 11 2001 - 07:45 AM

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the other, great, 'Savage' Steve Holland "teen" movie One Crazy Summer. Not a masterpiece, but certainly a good double feature with Better Off Dead.
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Posted October 11 2001 - 09:56 AM

It was defintely Howard Cosell... He was talking...like..Howard..Co-sell.. accordingly... Posted Image

It was on some Dish station a few weeks ago, and when I saw John Cusack at the WTC fundraising thing, I immediately though of BoD..

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#14 of 20 OFFLINE   Dave_P

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Posted October 11 2001 - 11:31 AM

My bad!!! It was Howard Cosell. I got a little confused because I was so excited. Posted Image

Yeah, I do think one of the Asian guys was the bad guy in Karate Kid II.

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Posted October 11 2001 - 03:03 PM

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BoD is my favorite "teen" movie from the 80s. It was the inspiration behind the purchase of my 1970 Firebird (I know that Lane drove a Camero in the film, but I liked the Firebird's front-end better than the Camero).

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OFF TOPIC:

There is no "E" in Camaro.

Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine (I'm the vice president of a http://www.hunger-prod.com/crc

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#16 of 20 OFFLINE   John Stone

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Posted October 11 2001 - 03:16 PM

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There is no "E" in Camaro.

Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine (I'm the vice president of a Camaro Car Club ).

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Ooops. You're correct of course.

Nice looking Camero you have there! Posted Image

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#17 of 20 OFFLINE   Robert Floto

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Posted October 11 2001 - 03:26 PM

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Nice looking Camero you have there!

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Posted October 11 2001 - 08:14 PM

"This is pure snow. Do you know what the street value of this mountain is?"

Absolutely one of my favorite movies. One that I would comb retail store late at night to find before the release date.

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#19 of 20 OFFLINE   MikeM

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Posted October 11 2001 - 10:59 PM

Yes, he was the bad guy in karate kid II as well as the defendant in True Believer...I think those were his major roles...oh wait, the geek in Real Genius too!

As for Better Off Dead itself, was there a framing issue with this movie, or was it just super-low budget? (Or both) Posted Image

The reason I ask is that I always remember seeing that scene of John Cusack spraying on deodorant for his date. I clearly remember seeing the nozzle of some huge fake spray can underneath him when they show a ton of crap spray out of the small can which is obviously fake and coming out of a large tube. I always thought this was really funny, but I'm wondering if anyone knows if this was a framing issue for home video, or if it showed up that way in the theaters...anyone?

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Posted October 12 2001 - 03:09 PM

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As for Better Off Dead itself, was there a framing issue with this movie, or was it just super-low budget? (Or both)

The reason I ask is that I always remember seeing that scene of John Cusack spraying on deodorant for his date. I clearly remember seeing the nozzle of some huge fake spray can underneath him when they show a ton of crap spray out of the small can which is obviously fake and coming out of a large tube. I always thought this was really funny, but I'm wondering if anyone knows if this was a framing issue for home video, or if it showed up that way in the theaters...anyone?
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Better Off Dead was shot "soft matte". When it was shown theatrically, the projectionist placed a matte in front of the projector so that the film would be shown in its intended aspect ratio of 1.85:1.

For the home video release, the mattes were simply not used so that the picture would fill a standard 4:3 television. The problem, as you have discovered, is that this technique exposes picture data that was never meant to be seen.

Similar problems can be seen in the fullscreen home video versions of Pee-wee's Big Adventure and A Fish Called Wanda (among many others).

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[Edited last by John St on October 12, 2001 at 07:47 PM]




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