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What's the best quality version of Zulu?

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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Huw Williams

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Posted October 12 2001 - 06:04 AM

I should be getting the PAL laserdisc of this classic film next week for a cheap price as the DVD versions as supposed to be a no-no. So...

What is the best quality version available?

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#2 of 9 OFFLINE   AdrianJ


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Posted October 12 2001 - 07:11 AM

From everything I've read the Criterion Laser Disc is the way to go. I've heard the DVD versions are just bad.

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#3 of 9 OFFLINE   Michael Harris

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Posted October 12 2001 - 07:21 AM

The Criterion version on LD is about as good as LDs get considering the age of the film. They should get the lisence for a DVD version. "Zulu Dawn" would be nice too. ------------------

#4 of 9 OFFLINE   Larry Schneider

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Posted October 12 2001 - 08:49 AM

Rumor has it that this will be out from MGM in 2002.

#5 of 9 OFFLINE   andrew markworthy

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Posted October 12 2001 - 10:56 AM

The DVD I have isn't totally awful, and it's widescreen, but it's certainly no advert for the superior quality of DVD. I think the best that can be said is that it's like watching a really good quality VHS tape. FWIW, there have been rumours of a R2 disc for quite some time. I've got mine on advance order (curiously enough, I was just checking up on it before reading this thread).

#6 of 9 OFFLINE   Douglas Bailey

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Posted October 12 2001 - 12:04 PM

I have the Front Row widescreen DVD and had, for a while, the Platinum Entertainment disc. (N.B. As far as I know, neither of these is a bootleg. If I'm misinformed, administrators, please feel free to delete this post.) Both are obviously sourced from the Criterion laserdisc of Zulu -- which I now also have. There are white dirt marks (of the sort seen on LD players) and some noticeable pauses at the side-changes. Both discs look poor (pallid colours and obvious line structure) but not unwatchable. I thought the Front Row edition was marginally better in quality: it'll hold me until there's a decent legitimate release of this great film. hth, doug ------------------ "How can it be the same movie if they've changed my character from a tightly-wound convenience-store clerk to a jittery Eskimo firefighter?... uh huh... uh huh... uh huh. Well, that's actually a pretty good explanation..." --James Woods, on The Simpsons
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#7 of 9 OFFLINE   Justin Doring

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Posted October 12 2001 - 08:53 PM

The pan and scan DVD is terrible! However, the widescreen DVD isn't bad, and is most likely sourced from the Criterion LD. It's also available for around $5 in the U.S. (I don't know what that means to a British consumer). MGM, however, is supposedly coming out with a "definitive" brand new anamorphic widescreen transfer in a year or so, so you might want to wait. Now if somebody would just release the very underrated Zulu Dawn, one of my favorite films, I'd be very, very happy. ------------------ "Home is where the theater is!"
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#8 of 9 OFFLINE   ChristopherM


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Posted October 15 2001 - 03:22 AM

As I mentioned on another thread, a UK magazine has reported that a new edition of "Zulu" (plus "Alfie" and - finally!! - "The Italian Job") is being prepared for 2002 release. Michael Caine's participation on the extras is being sought.

#9 of 9 OFFLINE   richard plumb

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Posted October 15 2001 - 04:37 AM

Isn't Zulu Dawn out in R2?
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