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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted May 03 2011 - 10:51 AM

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The Yards (Blu-ray)



This is warning, not a review. The Yards is a standard-issue tale of crime and corruption in Brooklyn that’s elevated by a first-rate cast including James Caan, Ellen Burstyn, Charlize Theron, Joaquin Phoenix, Faye Dunaway and Mark Wahlberg.  Released in 1999, the film was written and directed by James Gray, who would later make We Own the Night. In addition to the cast, the film is strengthened by dark, brooding cinematography by ace DP Harris Savides (Zodiac, Milk, Somewhere)  – the kind of tricky material that needs Blu-ray’s resolution to give it its due.

 

Unfortunately, The Yards is one of the titles that the newly reconstituted Miramax licensed to Echo Bridge, whose May 3, 2011 Blu-ray release isn’t fit for landfill. Echo Bridge has taken this 2.35:1 film, shot in anamorphic Panavision, and cropped it to 1.78:1, the HD version of pan and scan. They’ve also released the film with only a 2.0 sound track, and while the track may be mastered in DTS lossless, as far I’m concerned, it’s a step backward in sonic quality from the lossy 5.1 soundtrack used on all previous DVDs. And, of course, none of the many previously released extras has been included.

 

Pan and scan discs don’t deserve a detailed review. Proceed at your own risk.


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#2 of 9 OFFLINE   TravisR

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Posted May 03 2011 - 11:27 AM

^ Have you (or anyone) seen the new From Dusk Till Dawn or Halloween H20 discs?


Over at Aint It Cool News, they said that Dusk was a mess. Here's their very short review: "I fucking love FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. That said – though listed at under $10 over at Amazon – this is a crap release of the title. Wrong aspect ratio. Colors out of whack. Seriously – how does this even happen? Not worth $10 like this." I've never put much faith in Harry's disc review skills (and that faith isn't growing when he appears to think that 1.77 is the wrong aspect raio for a 1.85 movie) but it seems like something is up with alot of these Echo Bridge titles.



#3 of 9 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted May 03 2011 - 11:34 AM

No, I haven't seen either disc.


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#4 of 9 OFFLINE   FanboyZ

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Posted May 03 2011 - 01:27 PM

Join the fight against Echo Bridge... http://www.facebook....210622558962846

#5 of 9 OFFLINE   Todd Erwin

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Posted May 03 2011 - 01:34 PM

Sounds like Echo Bridge may be the GoodTimes Video of Blu-ray.....



#6 of 9 OFFLINE   ahollis

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Posted May 03 2011 - 02:03 PM



Originally Posted by Toddwrtr 

Sounds like Echo Bridge may be the GoodTimes Video of Blu-ray.....


You may be to kind in your words.



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Posted May 03 2011 - 03:13 PM

Pick up the Canadian version of Dusk Til Dawn on BD...original aspect ratio (quality is better than i expected), sound in DTS-HD 5.1 (the back incorrectly states just DTS 5.1). No extras, but A/V quality are what you would expect given the age and quality of the source material.


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#8 of 9 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted May 03 2011 - 03:26 PM




Originally Posted by JoshB 

Pick up the Canadian version of Dusk Til Dawn on BD...original aspect ratio (quality is better than i expected), sound in DTS-HD 5.1 (the back incorrectly states just DTS 5.1). No extras, but A/V quality are what you would expect given the age and quality of the source material.



Yup, I bought that Canadian release back in 2008. 


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#9 of 9 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted May 04 2011 - 02:44 AM

I was holding off purchasing the Alliance versions of most Miramax films, hoping to see better American versions, but now I'm looking to pick up a copy of anything in which I'm seriously interested, unless it's been announced by Lionsgate.


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