I was just wondering if anyone here still prefers the Rebecca
Criterion to some of the other recent releases (MGM's Premiere Collection, the recent Bluray, the original Anchor Bay DVD from the 90s). I know many believe that Bluray clearly offers the best transfer (would anyone care to disagree?) but what about special features? For example, do some people still prefer the Richard Schickel commentary on the Blu to the Leonard J. Leff track on the Criterion? Also, I came across these posts in Robert Harris' "A Few Words About..." posting for the Rebecca
Dear Mr. Harris: The 'Rebecca' title card is not the original title card but the pre-title replacement. The final title looked like the hand written script that was advertised on all of the poster art. Also, the isolated music cue that follows Maxim and the second Mrs. DeWinter's arrival to Manderly is the wrong cue - NOT the cue used when watching the film with dialogue and effects. These oversights disappoint, but have to agree the overall image quality is superb.
Disney has nothing to do with the release of Rebecca. It is a title currently owned under the MGM/Fox banner. Years ago - either 1997 or 98, Anchor Bay Home Video released a beautiful DVD of Rebecca with the original title sequence in tact. However, when the distribution rights were handed over to Criterion in 1999 this newer minting (with the altered credits and wrong isolated music cue) was released instead. I have no idea where Criterion obtained their materials from and a well composed letter of inquiry sent by me to them received ZERO feedback so your guess is as good as mine. Aside: Criterion also windowboxed the title credits so that you had a black outline around the entire image. Dumb. Thankfully, MGM/Fox corrected this latter oversight on their Blu-ray but they did not bother to review the altered credits or the mistakenly inserted music cue on the isolated track, so the transfer we have of Rebecca today ports over these two glaring mistakes. Since, Rebecca is unlikely to get re-issued on Blu, we're stuck with this version. Not for me, thanks. I prefer the original 'hand written' script to the rather 'stately' old English calligraphy.
I was surprised to learn about these factors as I had always assumed, based on positive worth of mouth, that Criterion's release of Rebecca
was pretty stellar. I would just like to get a sense of what people's thoughts on are the best way to experience this film, the merits and arguable faults of Criterion's release, etc. Any thoughts? Is Criterion's release still supreme at least as far as supplemental content is concerned?