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CTHV Press Release: The first SUPERBIT day/date release: "Panic Room"


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#1 of 14 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted July 10 2002 - 07:54 AM

"Tense, terrific, sweaty-palmed fun!"
- Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

"A classy, intelligent thriller for grown-ups!"
- Paul Clinton, CNN

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PANIC ROOM
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Taut Thriller Starring Two-Time
Oscar Winner Jodie Foster,
Premieres on DVD and Videocassette Sept. 17

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David Fincher's Box-Office Smash is First Title Ever
to Debut in Superbit™ DVD
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Culver City, Calif. (July 8, 2002) - Columbia TriStar Home
Entertainment will release the $95-million-grossing thriller PANIC ROOM
on Superbit™ DVD as well as videocassette on Sept. 17 - marking the
first use of the ultra-high-fidelity format for the DVD debut of a
recent theatrical release.
Richard Roeper of Ebert & Roeper called PANIC ROOM "one of
the most ingenious and entertaining thrillers I've seen in a long time"
and audiences agreed, leading director David Fincher's ("Fight Club")
intense, claustrophobic thriller to the top of the box-office charts.
Making the home-entertainment debut of PANIC ROOM even more
special is the use of the revolutionary Superbit technology for the DVD
release. Superbit utilizes a special high-bit-rate digital-encoding
process that optimizes video quality and offers a choice of DTS and
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. By reallocating space on a DVD that is normally
used for added-value content, Superbit DVDs can be encoded at double the
normal bit rate. The result: picture quality that provides outstanding
detail that complements the performance of the latest progressive DVD
video players.
In PANIC ROOM, double Oscar-winning actress Foster ("The
Silence of the Lambs," "The Accused") stars as newly divorced Meg
Altman, who moves into a multi-level New York brownstone with her young
daughter, Sarah (film newcomer Kristin Stewart). One of the key selling
points is a small, technologically sophisticated "safe" room the
previous owner installed in case of a dire emergency.
Neither Meg nor Sarah know that they'll need to use the PANIC
ROOM sooner than they imagine. During the first night in the house, a
villainous gang of thugs -- played by Jared Leto ("Requiem for a
Dream"), Forest Whitaker ("The Crying Game") and Dwight Yoakam ("Sling
Blade") -- breaks into the house, searching for something they believe
the previous owner left behind. Meg and Sarah endure an unforgettably
suspenseful night of terror as they try to fend off the thieves from
inside the confines of the PANIC ROOM.
PANIC ROOM: A Columbia Pictures Presentation of a
Hofflund/Polone Production. Produced by Gavin Polone, Judy Hofflund,
David Koepp, Cean Chafin. Written by David Koepp. Directed by David
Fincher.

PANIC ROOM DVD FEATURES
* Revolutionary Superbit Encoding Process
* Digitally Mastered Audio and Anamorphic Video
* Remastered in High Definition
* Widescreen Presentation
* Audio: English 5.1 (DTS), English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby
Surround)
* Subtitles: English, French
* Filmographies
* Theatrical Trailer
* Scene Selections
MPAA Rating: R (for violence and language) / Price: $27.96
Original Theatrical Release: 2002
Color / Closed Captioned / 112 minutes

VHS #07317 / UPC Code: 0-43396-07137-7
VHS Spanish Subtitled #07138 / UPC Code: 0-43396-07138-4
Superbit Deluxe DVD #06457 / UPC Code: 0-43396-06457-7
VHS Order Date: Aug. 27 / Street Date: Sept. 17
DVD Order Date: Aug. 15 / Street Date: Sept. 17

 

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#2 of 14 OFFLINE   Cameron Seaman

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Posted July 10 2002 - 07:58 AM

The Digital Bits has hinted that there may be a 2-disc version released in the near future.

Hmm... which one to buy?

#3 of 14 OFFLINE   Jeff_HR

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Posted July 10 2002 - 08:42 AM

My preference is for a 2-disc SE version. I guess I'll wait & see. If the SE doesn't occur I can always buy the Super Bit later.
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#4 of 14 OFFLINE   Shane Martin

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Posted July 10 2002 - 09:32 AM

I'm buying the Superbit because I know i'm getting the best and superior quality. As evidence for every superbit, they are all superior in the sound and video department. Thus why whould i buy the SE if the Sound and picture were inferior???

#5 of 14 OFFLINE   Jeff_HR

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Posted July 10 2002 - 10:33 AM

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Why whould I buy the SE if the Sound and picture were inferior???
For the extras!
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#6 of 14 OFFLINE   Andy Kim

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Posted July 10 2002 - 10:41 AM

Okay, this is totally catering towards the video/audiophiles as they're not even including 5.1 track in Dolby Digital, only DTS.

In addition, they're only including 2 language subtitles rather than the 7 or so they normally do on Superbit.

#7 of 14 OFFLINE   Rob Tomlin

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Posted July 10 2002 - 02:48 PM

day/date releases of Superbit would be great!

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#8 of 14 OFFLINE   PaulP

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Posted July 10 2002 - 04:05 PM

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Superbit Deluxe DVD #06457 / UPC Code: 0-43396-06457-7


Hey what's this? Superbit Deluxe? And no mention??

#9 of 14 OFFLINE   Damin J Toell

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Posted July 10 2002 - 07:58 PM

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* Remastered in High Definition


Did they previously make a D2 master by mistake or something? Posted Image

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#10 of 14 OFFLINE   Brian Kidd

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Posted July 11 2002 - 01:39 AM

Looks like I won't be renting this one. I only have DD and won't be able to buy a new amp for quite a while. Too bad.
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#11 of 14 OFFLINE   Dan Brecher

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Posted July 11 2002 - 05:00 AM

Brian, Superbit releases carry DTS AND Dolby Digital tracks.

Commentaries have been done, I'm going to wait for the SE.

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#12 of 14 OFFLINE   Bill J

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Posted July 11 2002 - 08:57 AM

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Superbit Deluxe DVD #06457 / UPC Code: 0-43396-06457-7


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Is this the same version that was announced in the press release?

#13 of 14 OFFLINE   Aaron Thomas

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Posted July 11 2002 - 10:19 AM

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Superbit utilizes a special high-bit-rate digital-encoding process that optimizes video quality and offers a choice of DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio.


Quote:
Audio: English 5.1 (DTS), English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround)


Which is the truth? Only David Manning knows for sure!

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#14 of 14 OFFLINE   greg_t

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Posted July 11 2002 - 02:17 PM

Question I have, is that if this only has DTS 5.1 and a dolby surround track, will it be a true superbit and have full bitrate DTS?


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