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Anyone seen MGM's DVD of Much Ado About Nothing?


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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted April 14 2004 - 10:38 AM

I'm asking because this particular version (the 1993 Kenneth Branagh one) is a personal favourite, and I'm having a hard time tracking down online reviews. I'm hoping someone can give me some ideas as to picture and sound quality.
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#2 of 10 OFFLINE   Allan^L

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Posted April 14 2004 - 12:40 PM

I own it (it was impossible to find in a retail store so I had to get it from Amazon). Picture and sound quality are good. Only 2.0 sound but the dialogue is clear and it's not like you're watching U-571 or anything. The picture is anamorphic and Tuscany (where the movie was shot) looks predictably gorgeous. The DVD isn't demo material but if you like the movie, buy it.

#3 of 10 OFFLINE   Dave F

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Posted April 14 2004 - 12:50 PM

I concur - it's a good disc. Not great, & there's nothing outstanding about the audio/video, but there are also no notable flaws either. So it's a solid, if unspectacular disc. It's a great bargain, too.

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#4 of 10 OFFLINE   Keith Plucker

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Posted April 14 2004 - 05:06 PM

Could anyone comment on how much of an improvement the current DVD is over the original, non-anamorphic release?

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#5 of 10 OFFLINE   Walter Kittel

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Posted April 14 2004 - 05:20 PM

The original disc was released by Columbia Tri-Star as a flipper with a 16x9 enhanced widescreen presentation on one side and a 1.33:1 ( open matte? ) presentation on the other side. I didn't purchase the MGM release due to uncertainties regarding any improvements upon the original transfer, and due to my satisfaction with the Columbia Tri-Star disc. While the MGM disc may offer improvements due to advancements in telecine technology ( I honestly can't say ) the original disc features a nice 16x9 enhanced widescreen presentation.

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#6 of 10 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted April 15 2004 - 02:30 AM

Thanks, guys. Appreciate the information.
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Posted April 15 2004 - 12:21 PM

I believe that the SE wasn't released in Canada at all... which is unfortunate. If you want it you'll have to get it from amazon.ca (as an import) or Amazon.com.

#8 of 10 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted April 15 2004 - 02:36 PM

That is correct. I have a gift certificate from amazon.ca, and that's how I was planning to use it.
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#9 of 10 OFFLINE   ThomasC

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Posted April 15 2004 - 04:57 PM

The HTF's own Ron Epstein reviewed it, and highly recommended it.

Ron's Review

DVDFile's Review

DVD Talk's Review

#10 of 10 OFFLINE   Gunnar Syren

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Posted April 16 2004 - 04:15 AM

Here are two more reviews:
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