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  1. Lyle_JP

    Warner Archive Discussion Thread (FEEDBACK)

    I watched "Twice Upon a Time" with both audio tracks last night. For the most part I'm very happy. But it's not perfect; there is a defect in the audio. For part of the movie, the left and right channels are reversed. You can hear it very clearly from 20:19 - 20:32 when Botch's car...
  2. Lyle_JP

    Incorrect Framing or Artistic Choice?

    This I'd have to strongly disagree with. I can distinctly remember a few Video Watchdog articles about questionable framing on some letterboxed laserdiscs. There was an entire article about whether or not Fox was "zoom-boxing" their widescreen releases ("True Lies" being one of the suspected...
  3. Lyle_JP

    Star Trek films on Blu-Ray... what we know so far

    That strongly suggests that Paramount was using some kind of automatic temporal noise scrubber, which required a few like frames in front and behind to work. Interesting, as there are free filters for avisynth that work more intelligently.
  4. Lyle_JP

    Star Trek films on Blu-Ray... what we know so far

    Well, that settles it then. I've been looking for one more reason to buy just Part 2 from the UK and write off the rest until the inevitable double-dip. This puts me way over.
  5. Lyle_JP

    The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Announced in Region B - now in Region A as well

    Well, we can forget that. As far as I can tell, the entire mono track is a mixdown of the DTS, with all the fancy new gunshots and other ridiculousness. Why did they even bother to include this? Did they really think we were all clamoring for a newly remixed mono track? :rolleyes
  6. Lyle_JP

    The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Announced in Region B - now in Region A as well

    Not quite sure what you mean here, as every R1 DVD release of GBU (yes, even the first one) was/is anamorphic. True, Fistful and FDM had 4:3 letterbox discs, but GBU was always 16:9.
  7. Lyle_JP

    The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Announced in Region B - now in Region A as well

    The sound-alike was never the problem. In fact, his scenes are the least jarring and out of place. It's the voices of the 70-something Eastwood and Wallach emanating from their 30-something bodies that suddenly rip me out of the moment every time I try to watch this extended cut. Had the...
  8. Lyle_JP

    John Carpenter movies on Blu-Ray

    The Escape From New York blu-ray is admittedly nothing great, but The Fog gets unfairly lumped in with it. The transfer is very strong, even if the grain-busting was a little high for some folk's tastes. I think it looks worlds better than the R1 DVD, and considering how cheap some of the...
  9. Lyle_JP

    "South Pacific" Disc of the year?

    I'm talking about the roadshow version, which looks and sounds identical to the DVD, and is encoded in 480i30 MPEG-2 at 7-8 Mbps. The packaging refers only to the General Release version.
  10. Lyle_JP

    DVD Review HTF DVD Review: Lilo & Stitch 2-Disc Big Wave Edition

    They still didn't give us the DTS track that nearly every other country got on their 2-disc edition. I'll be keeping my Australian import.
  11. Lyle_JP

    T2 Announced on BD

    I own the first pressing (street date purchase), and the foil cover was silver, not gold. Are you sure you have the first pressing?
  12. Lyle_JP

    "South Pacific" Disc of the year?

    I am greatly disappointed in FOX, but not because they used the standard def roadshow version. That I get, from a financial point of view and the fact that, in its current condition, its more of an extra than a feature film in its own right in the set. But I am angry at how lazily they did...
  13. Lyle_JP

    DVD Review HTF DVD Review: Mary Poppins 45th Anniversary Edition

    It sounds like Disney heard the fan complaints about the DEHT, and used the 5.1 mix originally prepared for the first AC-3 laserdisc (this mix and transfer were later recycled onto the "Gold Collection" DVD). That's fine with me; many of the laserdisc 5.1 tracks were superior to the dreaded...
  14. Lyle_JP

    Weekly RoundUp 10-28-2008

    The Baraka blu-ray is definitely not $21.99 at Best Buy. It's $29.99. Edit: I see that the Best Buy website is listing it at $21.99, but it's stickered and rings up as $29.99 in the store. They won't honor their website price, but if you buy it on the website, and choose "store pickup", you...
  15. Lyle_JP

    2009 Tv on DVD Predictions

    I'd like to see a release of Season 2 of War of the Worlds, but I feel I may be hoping for too much.
  16. Lyle_JP

    A Few Words About A few words about...™ Men in Black -- in Blu-ray

    Could be the fumes from the nitrate prints. Don't smoke in the booth! :D (yes, I know they've been using acetate "safety film" for decades now)
  17. Lyle_JP

    JAMES BOND ULTIMATE COLLECTION

    As I mentioned earlier in the thread, jump cuts are common to the early Bonds, with Hunt using them deliberately to heighten action, or to cut two takes of the same scene together where there was no good insert. As Hunt mentions on the audio commentary from The Criterion Collection's "Dr. No"...
  18. Lyle_JP

    Weekly RoundUp 5-6-2008

    So long as all the local Circuit Citys in my area continue to not stock new blu releases in any timely fashion (new arrivals filter in weeks after their release date), I consider the issue moot.
  19. Lyle_JP

    What Paramount Universal and DreamWorks titles are you waiting for to go Blu?

    If Paramount is smart, they should at least get some really big catalog stuff and new stuff out there before the end of the year. This will be the Christmas of blu-ray, and just a handful of titles could help, like: There Will Be Blood Sweeney Todd Transformers* Top Gun* Face/Off*...
  20. Lyle_JP

    Win a copy of "What I should have said is nothing"

    George Carlin
  21. Lyle_JP

    Importing Japan BD exclusives. Please share your thoughts/experiences...

    The Japanese blu-ray of Casino Royale is fully uncut, containing all the footage cut to achieve a PG-13 rating in the states, and the footage cut from the UK version by the BBFC.
  22. Lyle_JP

    DIRTY HARRY set! Details now known.

    They used that same photo (with and without various borders) for pretty much every cover of every video release on every format up until the DVD. They've never used anything but a still photo for Magnum Force's covers up until now. I quite like the new individual covers.
  23. Lyle_JP

    DIRTY HARRY set! Details now known.

    I'm not sure I've ever understood the hostility towards The Dead Pool. I always found it to be even with The Enforcer and far superior to the series low-point, Sudden Impact. At any rate, I'm just glad the series is getting the re-release it deserves.
  24. Lyle_JP

    Rambo - Special or Ultimate?

    If you are really set on keeping only one version of each, I would keep the DTS SEs of First Blood and Rambo, and the UE of Rambo III.
  25. Lyle_JP

    DVD Review HTF DVD REVIEW: The Last Emperor

    This revisionist cropping is all about Storaro pimping Univisium, and Criterion let themselves be used in the furthering of this still-born film "format". 2.00 is and never will be the proper aspect ratio of this film. But it doesn't matter to Storaro, so long as the cause of Univisium is...
  26. Lyle_JP

    DVD Review HTF DVD REVIEW: The Last Emperor

    This revisionist cropping is all about Storaro pimping Univisium, and Criterion let themselves be used in the furthering of this still-born film "format". 2.00 is and never will be the proper aspect ratio of this film. But it doesn't matter to Storaro, so long as the cause of Univisium is...
  27. Lyle_JP

    *** Official HTF HD Formats Comparison Thread *See Post 957, p. 32*

    They have the nerve to make standard DVD players too. Oh, the horror! DVD is doomed by Sony support!
  28. Lyle_JP

    JAMES BOND ULTIMATE COLLECTION

    My U.S. Die Another Day UE has burnt-in subs.
  29. Lyle_JP

    *** Official HTF HD Formats Comparison Thread *See Post 957, p. 32*

    "I support HDM. Unless it's from Sony." :rolleyes
  30. Lyle_JP

    *** Official HTF HD Formats Comparison Thread *See Post 957, p. 32*

    Honestly, if Best Buy hasn't been recommending blu-ray over HD-DVD for the last month, they really ought to be ashamed of themselves. I hope they're at least being honest to customers about HD-DVD's (lack of) studio support.
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